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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
De La Cruz, Laura K.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management

Semester

S2T 2006 DL

Faculty

De La Cruz, Laura K.

Degrees/Certificates

M.B.A.
M.P.A.
B.A.

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday - 8:00 am - 9:00 am (MST)

Other Phone

915-472-3203

E-Mail

Laura.Delacruz@Park.edu

lauradelacruz@elp.rr.com

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Crafting and Executing Strategy, by Thompson, Strickland, and Gamble; 14th edition; ISBN  0-07-296221-6

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Consideration of managerial problems and/or policies. Topics include: the role of values and assumptions in administrative situations, especially their influence on administrators choices among possible ends and means; the skills, attributes and personal qualities that enhance effectiveness of responsible individuals as they work with others in organizations; and the determinants of organization and executive action. Pre-requisites: MG 352 and EN 306B or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that all major core courses be completed prior to enrolling in this course. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “strategic management”.
  2. List four phases of strategic management.
  3. List four basic elements of strategic management.
  4. Define the term “strategy”.
  5. Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.
  6. Explain what is meant by the term "competitive advantage".
  7. List three directional strategies.
  8. List the five stages of international development.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The three most important grading criteria for your work will be breadth, depth, and application/synthesis of course concepts. For purposes of this course, the following definitions will apply to each of these terms:

Breadth (B): Refers to the "number" of chapter and lecture concepts that you apply to the homework questions, case discussions, and report.
Depth (D): Refers to the degree you provide "detailed" analyses to the homework questions, case discussions, and report.
Application/Synthesis (A): Refers to the chapter and lecture concepts and higher order thinking you "apply" to your homework questions, case discussions, and report. You can accomplish this by referencing page numbers from the text (the MAIN body of the text - the Chapters, not just the Case Studies!!).  Show that you are applying the concepts, ideas, theories that you are learning from the text.

Please check in the Announcements area for specific grading rubrics for the homework, case studies, paper, and comments.

Grading:
I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. Course grades will be based on evaluations in the areas contained in the following table: Assignment
Points
Due Date

Homework  8 @ 25 points each See course schedule
Report (See Announcements) 1 @ 100 points Week 7
Case Conferencing  5 @ 50 points each See course schedule
Mid-term (In the Doc Sharing folder in Week 4) 100 points Week 4
Final (To be Proctored) 300 points Week 8
Class Participation (5 "Quality" comments per week of case conferencing @ 2 pts each) 50 points Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after midnight on Sunday MUST be directly emailed to the instructor. Comments may NOT be submitted late. Late work will be penalized 20% per day, beginning at 12:01 a.m. MDT/MST on the Monday after the work is due.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Preferred Contact Method:  You may contact me vai email or by cell phone anytime you need assistance.

Preferred Method for Submitting Assignments:  Please use the Dropbox when asked.  All other work should be posted in the discussion areas as required.  Late work should be submitted via email.

Response Policy:  I will respond to all questions within 48 hours.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact me.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 (Date): What is Strategy and Why is it Important?  The Managerial Process of Crafting and Executing Strategy

Readings:

Text: Read Chapters 1 and 2

Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 1

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Post your responses to the questions in the Discussion Area thread titled "Week 1 -- Your Company". You may provide any other comments you wish. Also, please post your email address, along with a brief work and/or educational background to  the Introduction Area thread titled, "Introductions".

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the Discussion Area, please answer the following three questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 1: Homework  (1) Write a mission/vision statement for your company. (2) Develop two business strategies for your company.  (3) Describe the business model for your company.



Week 2 (Date): Analyzing a Company's External Environment

Readings:
Text: Read Chapter 3 and "Starbucks", page C-2.
Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 2

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Post your responses (for your team) to the case questions in the Discussion Area thread titled "Week 2 -- Starbucks". You may provide any other comments you wish, including comments to responses made by the other team.

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the conference forum for "Week 1 -- Your Company, please answer the following questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 2: Homework (1) What is your 'brief' response to each of the seven questions posed on pages 47 and 48 with respect to your business and the industry your business will compete in?


Week 3 (Date): Analyzing a Company's Resources and Competitive Position and The Five Generic Competitive Strategies: Which One to Employ?

Readings:

Text: Read Chapters 4 and 5, and "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts", page C-245.

Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 3

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Post your responses (for your team) to the case questions in the Discussion Area thread titled "Week 3 -- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts". You may provide any other comments you wish, including comments to responses made by the other team.

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the conference forum for "Week 1 -- Your Company, please answer the following questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 3: Homework. (1) With respect to your company, answer the five questions on page 87. (2) Of the five generic competitive strategies, which one would you choose for your company and why (Fig. 5-1, page 116)?


Week 4 (Date): Beyond Competitive Strategy: Other Important Strategy Choices

Readings:

Text: Read Chapter 6

Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 4

On-Line Discussion Assignment: None

Midterm Exam: Your midterm exam is in the Doc Sharing folder (See the Discussion folder for details). You will need to email your responses to me by the end of the week.

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the conference forum for "Week 1 -- Your Company, please answer the following questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 4: Homework. (1) Describe in detail, specific ways you will use the internet and internet technology to assist you with supply chain management and configure your company's value chains.



Week 5: Tailoring Strategy to Fit Specific Industry and Company Situations, and Diversification: Strategies for Managing a Group of businesses

Readings:

Text: Read Chapters 8 and 9, and "Harley Davidson", page C-376.

Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 5

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Post your responses (for your team) to the case questions in the Discussion Area thread titled "Week 5 -- "Harley Davidson". You may provide any other comments you wish, including comments to responses made by the other team.

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the conference forum for "Week 1 -- Your Company, please answer the following questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 5: Homework. (1) Of the nine situations listed on page 203, what situation fits your particular business? Describe in detail, the strategy you will employ to effectively compete in the situation you selected. (2) Explain the difference between related and unrelated diversification. Which would you choose for your company?



Week 6: Tailoring Strategy to Fit Specific Industry and Company Situations, and Diversification: Strategies for Managing a Group of businesses

Readings:

Text: Read Chapters 10 and 11, and "Southwest Airlines", page C-636.

Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 6

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Post your responses (for your team) to the case questions in the Discussion Area thread titled "Week 5 -- "Southwest Airlines". You may provide any other comments you wish, including comments to responses made by the other team.

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the conference forum for "Week 1 -- Your Company, please answer the following questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 6: Homework. (1) Using Fig.10.1, page 302 as a guideline, what specific actions for each of the five areas of social responsibility would you initiate for your company (Explain in detail). (2) Discuss each of the considerations in Fig. 11.3, page 329 as they relate to your company and successful strategy execution.



Week 7 (Date): Managing Internal Operations

Readings:

Text: Read Chapter 12

Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 7

On-Line Discussion Assignment: None

Report: Report: Your report -- Leadership -- Its Importance For Today's Organization is due the end of this week. See Course Requirements -- Report in the Syllabus, and my email message for instructions, etc.

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the conference forum for "Week 1 -- Your Company, please answer the following questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 7: Homework. (1) What will be the most important issue to consider in terms of effective strategy implementation for your company? (2) What types of motivational practices and reward systems will you have for your employees?



Week 8 (Date): Corporate Culture and Leadership

Readings:

Text: Read Chapter 13

Lecture Notes/PPT Overview for week 8

On-Line Discussion Assignment: None

Final Exam: The second and final exam must be taken in person before the end of the this week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the college where Park University sites are not available. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Park University site administrators or adjunct faculty are preferred, but K-12 school officials or senior personnel at the place of employment are usually acceptable. For the proctored examination, photo identification is required. A proctor information form will be provided.

Homework: Based on your responses to the questions posed in the conference forum for "Week 1 -- Your Company, please answer the following questions and submit them to the Dropbox by clicking on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course frame and choosing Week 8: Homework.(1) How do you intend to build a strategy supportive culture for your company?

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
I utilize a program called "Turnitin" in order to ensure that all work meets the standards set by Park.  Mid-terms and Leadership Repots will be submitted to www.turnitin.com during the week it they are due.  Violations of the Park policy on Academic Honesty will result in either a grade of 0 for the assignment (with no opportunity for resubmisssion), an "F" for the course, or a recommendation that the student be suspended from the University.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Please see the Week 1 discussion area for more information.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Please note that it is up to the Instructor to approve make-up work for excused absences.  This is not an automatic approval.  I rarely grant extensions and I do NOT give Incompletes.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:5/31/2006 12:08:11 PM