MBA670 Special Topics in Business

for F2P 2010

Printer Friendly

Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.


MBA 670 Special Topics in Business


F2P 2010 MBD


Mayer, Robert D.


Adjunct Instructor/Executive in Residence - School Of Business


MA Goddard College
BA Bethel College

Office Location

Library-Adjunct Office

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

October 21,2010-December 9,2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



The Silver Lining: An Innovationa Playbook for Uncertain Times
Scott D. Anthony
Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 978-1-4221-3901
Copyright 2009

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:
MBA 670 Special Topics in Business: In this course, current topics in business will be extensively discussed. These may include business ethics, labor relations, financial planning or any of a wide variety of subjects in the business curriculum. For example: Entrepreneurial Research, Entrepreneurial Education, Entrepreneurial Investments. Prerequisite: MG 352 or equivalent approved by Program Director (Formerly MG 670)

Educational Philosophy:

The faciltator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues,
internet, videos, web sites and research writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred
to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas,issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the importance of ethics in business.
  2. Explain how to use the SWOT analysis to assess a given company and its industry.
  3. Discuss the process of entrepreneurial research.
  4. Demonstrate the knowledge of Michael Porter five-force model.
  5. Develop research and communication skills by writing a group project and presenting the findings.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

This course will be taught as an independent study with discussions and a research project. The text The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times by Scott Anthony will be utilized for the core of the independent study and research.
Class Assessment of the student will be as follows:
Three meetings with the Instructor ,discussion,readings,materials-25 points/ 10% of grade 
Independent Research Paper,consisting of minimum of 12pages, with minimum of 12 approved references-100 points/50% of grade
Final verbal Presentation to Instructor-75 points/40% of grade
Total- 200 points total/100% of grade


200-160 points-A
159-130 points-B
129-100 points-C
100-0 points- not acceptable for consideration as graduate work.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

There will be no late assignments as general rule.With sufficient notice by the student, instructor may consider
an exception due to very special circumstances, ie, death of family member, sickness.
All work will be completed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting 1- October 19th-reading and discussion. Assignment
of reading The Silver Lining and begin research.Discussion of entrepreneurial research.
Meeting 2-November 9th- Discuss The Silver Lining complete book,review research.
Prepare for final presentation.Discuss SWOT analysis of companies cited in text.
Meeting 3- December 9th- Do final powerpoint presentation,discussion and hand in final research paper.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20

Attendance Policy:

Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24

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: .


This material is protected by copyright
                               and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:10/18/2010 4:13:42 PM