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Business weaknesses are competitive disadvantages that prevent an organization from outcompeting, creating value and achieving efficiency. Each weakness is an opportunity to improve from your current performance. As such, it is common to brainstorm weakness as part of strategic planning activities such as swot analysis. In this context, the following are commonly identified business weaknesses.
An unscalable business model
Business model unsustainable
Communication overhead
Compliance violations
Culture of inefficiency
Culture of mediocrity
Customers perceive products as inferior to competition
Damaged reputation
Disconnected from changing values of society
Disconnected from culture
Disconnected from customers
Disconnected from markets
Environment of corporate narcissism
Failure of imagination
Failure to address root cause of problems
Failure to change
Failure to communicate
Failure to deliver to commitments
Failure to engage customers
Failure to innovate
Failure to monitor processes
Failure to monitor risk
Flawed business model
High cost of capital
High overhead cost
High unit cost
Inability to measure processes effectively
Inability to recruit talent
Inaccurate estimates
Inadequate product quality
Inconsistent direction
Inconvenient locations
Inefficient processes
Inefficient systems
Inefficient tools
Information security vulnerabilities
Lack distribution channels
Lack industry relationships
Lack of calculated risk taking
Lack of cash
Lack of commitment
Lack of know-how
Lack of measurement
Lack of organization
Lack of resilience
Lack of risk management
Lack of training
Lack partners
Lack project management maturity
Lacking key capabilities
Legacy technology
Limited capacity
Long cash conversion cycle
Loss of key talent
Low brand awareness
Low brand recognition
Low customer satisfaction
Low employee satisfaction
Low energy efficiency
Low market penetration
Low market penetration
Low performance of employees
Low performance of executive management
Low performance of partners
Low product availability
Low product variety
Low rate of return
Low return on invested capital
Low revenue diversification
Low throughput teams
Management disconnected from operational realities
Measuring the wrong things
Negative brand image
Negative internal politics
Operations unsustainable
Organizational maturity is lacking
Overreliance on a single product
Poor control of processes
Poor customer experience
Poor customer relationships
Poor customer reviews
Poor data quality
Poor decision making capabilities
Poor forecasting
Poor product design
Poor quality control
Poor relationships with investors
Poor strategy
Poor usability
Problems go unsolved for extended periods of time
Process bottlenecks
Product design is uninspiring
Product performance issues
Product reliability issues
Productivity is low
Products lack features
Products unsustainable
Project cost overruns
Project schedule overruns
Resistance to change
Resource constraints
Risk exposure
Slow processes
Slow time to market
Strategy not aligned across organization
System failures
Target market too broad
Target market too small
Teams fail to cooperate
Teams fail to share capabilities & resources
Teams fail to share knowledge
Too much red tape
Uncompetitive price
Unprofitable products
Unstable systems
Unstable technology
Weak financial position


Business weaknesses are internal shortfalls, issues, limitations and risks that face a business. This includes issues with your business model, corporate culture, processes, systems, products, strategy and capabilities as an organization.


The following are common examples of business weaknesses.
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