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MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management
Aubrey, John W.


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Course

MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management

Semester

F1GG 2006 MI

Faculty

Aubrey, John W.

Title

Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS, Adminstration, Central Michigan University
BA, State University of New York

Office Location

1809 S. Broadway, Suite R

Office Hours

9 am - 5 pm

Daytime Phone

701-857-6018

Other Phone

Hoem:  701-852-2036

E-Mail

John.Aubrey@pirate.park.edu

mbc@minot.com

Semester Dates

Aug 24, 2006 - Oct 16, 2006

Class Days

-MT----

Class Time

5:00 pm to 10:20 pm

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required: Crafting and Executing Strategy: The Quest for Competitive Advantage -- Thompson, Strickland, and Gamble
McGraw-Hill Irwin, 14th ERdition

Recommended: Case-TUTOR™ companion software for students (available in downloadable file format at www.mhhe.com/thompson1e) --

Additional Resources:

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ON ASSIGNED CHAPTERS

The Concept-Tutor self-tests at the website consist of 20-question practice exams for each of the assigned text chapters. It is expected that you will complete each of these practice tests in a timely manner (as indicated on the weekly schedule of class activities) and either e-mail your score to the instructor or else hand in a printout of your completed test on the days indicated on the daily assignment schedule. The minimum satisfactory grade on the practice chapter tests is a B. 

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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. PREREQUISITES: 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:

Tests and  Case Studies

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

PREPARATION OF WRITTEN CASE ASSIGNMENT

The written case assignment is to be prepared on an individual basis. It is expected that the content of your written case will reflect your thoughts and analysis rather than the work of others. The nature of the written assignment will be handed out in class about a week prior to the due date.

Suggestions regarding the preparation of written case assignments are discussed in “A Guide to Case Analysis” posted in the “Student Center” at www.mhhe.com/thompson. The criteria for grading written case presentations include:

Identification of key problems/strategic issues.

1.   Use of appropriate analytical tools techniques, including the use of charts and tables where appropriate. You are expected to demonstrate that you can use the tools and techniques of strategic analysis presented in the chapters. Both breadth and depth of analysis will be evaluated.

2.   Presenting realistic, workable, well-supported recommendations for action.

3.   Use of good communication skills—failure to use good grammar, spelling, and other written communication skills will result in a full one-letter grade reduction.

4.   Evidence of adequate preparation, pride of workmanship, and display of professional attitude and approach.

Written case assignments are due on the day the case is scheduled for class discussion (see the Schedule of Class Activities) and should be turned in to your instructor at the end of the class period. All written case assignments are to be prepared individually; group work is “out of bounds”.

Cases turned in after the scheduled class period are eligible for a grade no higher than a C (and that only if the paper is otherwise an A or B+ paper). No late papers will be accepted if submitted more than 2 class days past the scheduled due date (except by prearranged consent of the instructor).

All written cases are to be typed (double-spaced) and should incorporate correct form, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and communication skills.

Papers which, in the opinion of the instructor, employ disproportionately poor grammar and poor quality written communication skills will be assigned a grade that is a full one-letter lower than would otherwise be assigned.

ORAL  PRESENTATIONS                                 

Oral presentations consist of a 30-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question-answer session. The nature of the presentation is indicated on the schedule of class activities. You should assume the role of consultant employed to present your analysis and recommendations to the assigned company's senior management—(you do NOT have the option of ignoring this assigned role). All presentations should incorporate the use of attractive, effective PowerPoint slides.

Your grade on the presentation will be based on six factors:

1.   The clarity and thoroughness with which your team identifies and articulates the problems facing the company and the issues which management needs to address—12%

2.   The caliber (depth and breadth) of your team's analysis of the company's situation and demonstrated ability to use the concepts and tools of strategic analysis in a competent fashion—30%

3.   The breadth, depth, and practicality of your team's recommendations, degree of detail and specificity of recommended actions, caliber of supporting arguments—20%

4.   The caliber of your PowerPoint slides—13%

5.   The degree of preparation, professionalism, energy, enthusiasm, and skills demonstrated in delivering your part of the presentation—15%

6.   Your personal contributions to your team's answers to the questions posed by the class—how well you defend and support your team's analysis and recommendations during the Q&A period—10%. You are expected to answer questions posed by the class .

Appropriate dress for presenters is business casual.

Grading:

20% Oral Presentation of Assigned Cases
25% Exams on lectures/text materials and satisfactory completion of practice tests
25% Participation in class discussion of cases and satisfactory completion of case
30%

Written case assignments

TOTAL POINTS:  650

 

A 92-100
B 85-91
C 78-84
D 70-77
F Below 70

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Read Chapters 1 and 2 Accomplish Exercise 1 in Chapter 1 and Exercise 1 in Chapter 3 in Written Form

Week 2 Read Chapters 3 and 4 Complete Assigned Cases

Week 3 Read Chapters 5 and 6 Complete Assigned Cases

Week 4 Read Chapters 7 and 8 Complete Assigned Cases

Week 5 Read Chapters 9 and 10 Complete Assigned Cases and Test over Chapters 1 - 8

Week 6 Read Chapters 11 and 12 Complete Assigned Cases

Week 7 Read Chapter 13 Complete Assigned Cases

Week 8 Make Oral Presentation of Major Written Paper and Turn-in Paper and Test Chapters 9 - 13

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 87

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 "W".
  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.

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,3  Explain what is meant by the term                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Provides Porter's definition of the term, a thorough explanation of how a firm has a superior position to that of competitors, and at least one actual example Provides Porter's definition and an explanation of competitive advantage which supports the superior position of the firm to that of competitors Provides only a definition of the term “competitive advantage” No answer or insignificant explanation 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 3  Identify the five forces that shape competition as described by Porter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Identification and description of Porter's forces and an explanation of how each force impacts the competitive environment. Identify all five of  the forces as described by Porter. Identification of less than five of the forces. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4  List three directional strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
List of the three different directional strategies,  a description of each, and an explanation of the effect of use on the organization's plans. List  three directional strategies that may be used in planning by an organization. List less than three different directional strategies. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3, 4  Define the term                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Provide a complete definition of the term(s) and an explanation of how each term is used in the analysis of business plans. Provide a complete definition of the term(s).and no explanation. Provide a partial definition of the term(s). No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
5  List the five stages of international development                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provide a list of the five stages and explain how the stages may or may not be evolutionary. Provide a list of the four stages in order of development. Provide a list of less than four stages and/or not in the order of development. No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data









No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data




 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5, 6, 7 List four phases of strategic management. List four basic elements of strategic management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Provide a list of the four phases along with an explanation or description of the activities that occur during the respective phase.







Provide a list of the four elements along with an explanation or description of  how the element is important to the overall management plan. 
Provide a list of the of the fthree phases in order of  phasing.







Provide a list of three elements along with an explanation or description of  how the element is important to the overall management plan. 
Provide a list of less than three phases and/or not in the order of  phasing.







Provide a list of less than three elements.




 
No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data









No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data




 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
7, 8, 9, 10 List four phases of strategic management.  Discuss strategy in relation to ethics and social responsibility.  Discuss a business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provides a thorough, detailed list, description and explanation of the company's phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the competitive advantage, and a prediction of the long range effect on the organization.



Provides a thorough, detailed list, description and explanation of the. strategy in relation to ethics and social responsibility.



Provides a thorough, detailed description and explanation of the. business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.



Provides a thorough, detailed description and explanation of internal operations which lead to better strategy execution.














 
Using the lists and an actual company case report, identify the phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the strategic direction, and the competitive advantage.

Provides a partial list of four stages and using the list, identifies the stage of international development in an actual (or provided) business.

Articulate a thorough, detailed description and explanation of the. business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.

Provides a partial description and explanation of internal operations which lead to better strategy execution. 
Provides incomplete list(s), and partial  or incomplete identification of the phase of strategic management, the elements being used, the strategic direction, and the competitive advantage.  





Provides an incomplete list and/or unable to use the list, to identify the stage of international development in an actual (or provided) business.





Provides an incomplete description and/or unable to use explanation of the. business's resources and capabilities in developing a business strategies.





Provides an incomplete description and explanation of internal operations which lead to better strategy execution.


 
No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data.




No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data.




No answer or a provision of  unrelated, insignificant data. 

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