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A STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF A FACILITY SUPPLY DISTRIBUTOR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA by Derek Brooks B.A., Simon Fraser University, 1993

PROJECT SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

In the Executive Masters of Business Program of the Faculty of Business Administration

©Derek Brooks, 2014 SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY Spring 2014
All rights reserved. However in accordance with the Copyright Act of Canada, this work, may be reproduced, without authorization, under the conditions for Fair Dealing. Therefore, limited reproduction of this work for the purposes of private study, research, criticism, review and news reporting is likely to be in accordance with the law, Particularly if cited appropriately.

APPROVAL

Name: Degree: Title of Project:

Derek Brooks Master of Business Administration A Strategic Analysis of a Facility Supply Distributor in British Columbia

Supervisory Committee:

_____________________________________ Dr. Aidan Vining Senior Supervisor CNABS Professor of Business and Government Relations & Area Coordinator, Strategy.

_______________________________________ Dr. Andrew von Nordenflycht Second Reader Associate Professor

Date Approved:

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ABSTRACT This paper presents a business level strategic analysis of RST Corporation’s facility supply division, in British Columbia Canada. The facility supply industry is in decline. Firms find it increasingly difficult to achieve profitability. Despite its decline, this industry will provide opportunities for a smaller number of firms with the correct strategy to take advantage of them. This paper explores the industry environment, RST’s resources, current strategy, and performance. It then goes on to develop, evaluate, and recommend an altered strategy for RST. Specifically, RST’s…...

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