MBA695 Business Policy & Strategy

for S2P 2012

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MBA 695 Business Policy & Strategy


S2P 2012 MB


Iman Adeinat


Adjunct Faculty


PhD, University of New Orleans
MA, University of New Orleans

Office Location

Kansas City, MO

Office Hours

9 am to 7 pm CST


Semester Dates

Monday, March 19, 2012 to Sunday, May 13, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


MBA 515, MBA 526, MBA 527, MBA 615, MBA 630, MBA 633 and MBA 674

Credit Hours


Strategic Management: Text and Cases (fifth edition)

Authors:  Gregory G. Dess, University of Texas at Dallas
               G. T. Lumpkin, Syracuse University 
               Alan B. Eisner, Pace University
ISBN: 978-0-07-353041-3

Copyright year:
2010 McGraw Hill

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Course Description:
MBA 695 Business Policy and Strategy: This course covers the integration of applied research for managerial decisions and actions that determine the long-urn performance of a corporation. Focus includes strategy formulation, implementation, evaluation, and control. Topics covered are: development of an integrated operations strategy, analysis of cases and completion of a major project involving research and investigations. Prerequisites: MBA 515, MBA 526, MBA 527, MBA 615, MBA 630, MBA 633 and MBA 674. or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly MG 695)

Educational Philosophy:

  1. Create a desire in the students to continue learning after the course is completed.
  2. Motivate the students to pursue their lifelong educational opportunities.
  3. Provide an environment that enhances and supports the student’s learning skills.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term strategy.
  2. Explain the relation between mission, vision, strategy, goals, objectives, and tactics.
  3. Identify the variables in Porter's model for competitive advantage.
  4. Identify two alternative generic strategies for competitive advantage.
  5. Identify the stages in the development of international business.
  6. Identify the stages of the product life cycle.
  7. Identify the stages of the organization life cycle.
  8. Identify the classifications for products and services by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) model.
  9. List and describe the classification of types of businesses in accordance with Miles and Snow's model.
  10. Perform financial analysis of a balance sheet and income statement to determine the liquidity, financial leverage, and return on investment.
  11. Develop three alternative strategies for the future direction of an organization.
  12. Analyze the use of human resources within the organization.
  13. Perform SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threat) analysis of a business.
  14. Analyze an actual industry's potential for growth and expansion.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Through critical thinking, make recommendations in case studies based on analyses using business
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Weekly Readings:

Each week chapter(s) from the texts and a case will be assigned as required reading.

Case Assignment:

The assignment consists of writing a report answering the case questions. Each case offers the opportunity to evaluate strategic management concepts in a variety of real-world situations.
Group Project:

The group project report will be based on an organization and an associated industry of your choice. However, you must select an organization that is publicly traded, or at least an industry with publicly traded organizations that you can use as a benchmark for analysis. You will apply most of the major course concepts in this assignment, using the strategic management process as the fundamental organizational structure. Teams are also required to present their work during the last week meeting.

Students are allowed to form groups of 2 to 3 people; larger groups will not be allowed. It is imperative that each person takes an active role in doing the article summary. Students are also required to fill out the Confidential Peer Review form available on eCompanion and send it to the instructor email.


There will be a midterm and final exam. The dates for the exams are found in the Course Topic/Dates/Assignments section below. If you cannot attend an exam, you must notify me before the scheduled exam time if you wish to be eligible for a make-up. If you are eligible for a make-up exam, it will be rescheduled.

ETS Major Field Test:

The ETS Major Field Test is comprehensive outcomes assessments designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in the business MBA major field of study. The ETS® Major Field Test for the MBA consists of 124 multiple-choice questions, half of which are based on short case-study scenarios. Questions employ materials such as diagrams, graphs and statistical data. Mathematical operations do not require a calculator. Most of the questions require knowledge of specific information drawn from marketing, management, finance and managerial accounting, or a combination of these. The exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes long.



Case Assignment


Group Project


Oral Presentation


Midterm Exam


Final Exam


ETS Exam




 Grading Scale











Late Submission of Course Materials:

Points will be deducted for late assignments. Late assignment will be penalized at the rate of 10% per day, unless a plausible and documented excuse is presented. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

You are expected to attend all class meetings and be there ON TIME. During classroom discussions please treat other students with courtesy, civility and respect.

Please allocate sufficient time for this class during the semester. Keeping track of the course schedule and sticking to it are very important.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This Course outlines a general guideline. Deviation may be necessary. Students are responsible for all announcements made in class or posted on eCompanion Course site.  



In Class Case Discussion



Week 1: March 19

1, 2

Case 1: Robin Hood

Case 2: Edward Marshall Boehm, Inc.

Week 2: March 26


Case 14: McDonalds

Case 17: Pixar

Week 3: April 2


Case 23: Apple Inc

Week 4: April 9


Case 20: Lenovo

Case 25: China’s Geely’s Automotive Holdings, Ltd.

Midterm Exam

Week 5: April 16


Case 8: Enron

Week 6: April 23


Case 18: Johnson & Johnson

ETS exam

Week 7: April 30

11, 12

Case 27: Southwest Airlines

Group Project Submission

Week 8: May 7

Group Project Presentation

Final Exam

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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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: .


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