MBA 526 Corporate Management in a Complex Global Setting
S2P 2013 DLA
Assistant Professor of Management
D.Sc., Management, Privredna Akademija, Fakultet za Menadzment, SerbiaM.B.A., Harvard University, Boston, MAM.Ed., Higher Education Administration, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Tu 7:30-8:30am, 1-2, 4:00-6:00pm; Th 8-9am, 1-2pm, & by appointment
March 18, 2013 to May 10, 2013
Prerequisite: MG 351 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly MG 526)
Grant, R (2010). Contemporary Strategy Analysis: Concepts, Techniques and Applications 7th Edition. NewYork, NY: Wiley Publishing. Required
Referred to in the Syllabus and Course as Textbook
Grant R (2010). Cases to Accompany Contemporary Strategy Analysis: Concepts, Techniques and Applications 7th Edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Required
Referred to in the Syllabus and Course as Casebook
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Required.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: The field of business management requires analysis, research, critical thinking, creative problem solving, self-motivation, cooperation, and active oral and written communication. It also requires the ability to make diversity a competitive advantage. My educational philosophy incorporates a balance of the above and was heavily influenced by experience with the case method at Harvard, my professional work in leading organizations, and my decade abroad, mainly in rapidly changing environments. You should find me flexible but challenging, as I strive to bring out your greatest potential for your future.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Discussion Questions (DQs) and participation 5 Per week for six weeks
Case Analysis five points per week for six weeks.Use Case Analysis format located in doc sharing
Mid-term Examination (Online - Proctor is not necessary) to be posted. Use Case Analysis format for mid-term located in doc sharing
Final Examination Global Strategy Plan Paper Requirement Posted (Online - Proctor is not necessary)
Like all courses, the bases for a student’s evaluation are her or his performance in accordance to provided evaluation criteria, course objectives, and material. To that end, students are strongly encouraged to perform at a level commensurate with grading criteria set forth in the course rubric provided below. Grades will be determined and based on work completed and turned in by the last class. Acceptance of work after this date is strictly prohibited.
Depth of Scholarship (10%) - Assignments should represent the learner’s careful, thoughtful efforts to cover the key elements of the topic thoroughly. Content should go beyond mere description or paraphrasing. The work should be thematic and based on an analytical framework of the learner’s choosing.
Originality of Ideas and Research (15%) - All assignments must demonstrate a unique, creative approach to the problem being studied and represent the original work of the learner.
Theoretical and Conceptual Framework (15%) - Assignments should display the learner’s understanding of the theories and concepts relevant to the topic. Learners should form their arguments by taking competing concepts and theories into account.
Beware though, internet searches will often take you to non-academic information resources such as Wikipedia.com, Ask.com, Encarta.msn.com, Infoplease.com, etc. You may supplement your research with these sources, but keep in mind that the information you find there may not be accurate; and therefore, should not be cited in an assignment as authoritative.
Substantive Value (15%) - Assignments should contribute substantive value to the understanding of the subject.
Clarity and Logic of Presentation (10%) - Assignments should present ideas in a clear manner and with a strong organizational structure. Coverage of facts, arguments, and conclusions should be logically related and consistent.
Grammar and Adherence to APA Format (20%) – The rules governing the grammar and usage of standard American English must be followed, and language should be clear, precise, and appropriate for the intended scholarly audience. When formatting and composing assignments, learners must follow the guidelines described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. In addition the overall layout of assignments, including citations and reference pages, should adhere to APA style.
How Points and Percentages Equate to Grades:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Assignments: Assignments must either be submitted in hard copy or sent electronically before the start of class on the due date shown in the syllabus. Assignments sent after class starts shall be deemed late. A 10% per day deduction will be made on the student’s grade for the late assignment with a maximum of four days (40%). After four days, the assignment will no longer be accepted for grading. Per course policy, no assignments will be accepted after the last day of the course.
Incompletes: I do not allow incompletes in my courses.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Business & This Class: Keep in mind, the study of business is not necessarily about “getting the right answer,” as much as it is about identifying the problem and developing a defensible course of action or position. Providing an answer that is conditional, i.e., “it depends . . .,” is perfectly acceptable if a proper analysis and research is provided. Answers to business questions are rarely clear and succinct.
Classroom Decorum: Although I do not anticipate a problem, I want to remind everyone that Park University is a professional environment. Your classmates and facilitator deserve your full and complete attention. Failing to extend this courtesy will result in the loss of participation points.
Also, bear in mind that the nature of academic discussion is adversarial, and differences of opinion are bound to arise. In dealing with these differences, individuals should thoughtfully, constructively, and politely express their opinions. Remarks which are personally disparaging, rude, inappropriate to the subject matter, or not in-line with Park’s Student Policies will NOT be tolerated.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Final Examination Global Strategy Plan:
Select a company (existing or a new business). As a consultant, your have been hired by the Board of Directors of the company to develop a global strategy plan for the company. You need to make a recommendation (why, how, and when) to the board in regards to their existing and future global strategic plan. This global strategic plan will be presented to the company's Board of Directors, CEO and Chairman.
The comprehensive consultative report (no more than 10 pages and no less than 8 pages of text) should have the following coverage:
Table of Contents
Firm Analysis (brief history, product / service offerings, financial condition, management philosophy / culture, current and past global position / strategy, etc.)
Industry Analysis (Domestic and Global)
Industry growth, trends, characteristics
5 Forces of Competitiveness
Other Factors, if applicable: Technology, Politics, Society, consumer trends, environment, natural disasters, government, economy, etc.
Recommendations / Suggestions (highly graded and must explain in detail why and how. Must be supported with peer review / scholarly publications)
Appendix (if any)
APA format: All sources should be posted in the body of the paper as well as at the end.
Please manage your time effectively so you can complete the assignments on time.
Global Strategy Paper should be submitted via Dropbox on the last day of class
Please refer to Course Policies regarding acceptable file format and penalty for submitting the assignments late.
Read Chapter 2: Goals, Values, and Performance
Read Madonna from Cases to Accompany Contemporary Strategy Analysis
Written analysis of the Madonna Case must include: Only one problem from the case.
Synopsis of case
Relevant factual information about the problem/decision the organization faces
Explanation of relevant concepts, theories, and applications derived from course material
The case analysis must be in compliance with APA guidelines
Respond and participate to the discussion questions
Answer Discussion Question (DQ) #1 by Day 3
Answer DQ #2 by Day 4
Provide two substantive replies to any of the DQ’s by Day 5
Read Chapter 4: Further Topics in Industry and Competitive Analysis
Read Chapter 5: Analyzing Resources and Capabilities
Read Case Analysis: The US Airline Industry
Between 500 and 750 words
This assignment should be submitted via Dropbox by Day 7
Read Chapter 8: The Nature and Sources of Competitive Advantage
Read case analysis: Ford and the World Automobile Industry
Written analysis of the Ford and the World Automobile Industry Case must include: Only one problem from the case.
Synopsis of case
Read Chapter 10: Differentiation Advantage
MidTerm Exam to be posted
No DQ’s this week.
Read Chapter 12: Technology-based Industries and the Management of Innovation
Read Chapter 13: Competitive Advantage in Mature Industries
Read Raisio Group and the Benecol Launch
Written analysis of the Raisio Group and the Benecol Launch Case must include: Only one problem from the case.
Read Chapter 15: Global Strategies and the Multinational Corporation
Read American Apparel: Vertically Integrated in Downtown L. A.
Written analysis of the American Apparel: Vertically Integrated in Downtown L. A. Only one problem from the case.
Read Chapter 17: Managing the Mutibusiness Corporation
Final Exam Complete and submit Global Strategy Paper to drop box See syllabus for instructions, also stated here.
Final Examination Global Strategy Plan:
The comprehensive consultative report (approximately 10 pages) should have the following coverage:
Proctor is NOT required for the Final examination
No Discussion questions
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