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UT Dallas Syllabus for ba4305.501.08s taught by Kyeungrae Oh (kko041000)

UT Dallas Syllabus for ba4305.501.08s taught by Kyeungrae Oh (kko041000)

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXASAT DALLAS
COURSE OUTLINE
School of Management
Spring2008
BA 4305-501: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Instructor: KennyOh
Class Time and Location
Time:
5:30PM \u2013 6:45PM,MondaysandWednesdays
Location:
SOM 2.722
Instructor\u2019s Office Hours and Contact Numbers
OfficeLocation: SOM 4.411
Office Hours:
Wednesday 11:00 ~ 12:30 PM, or by appointment
Phone:
972-883-4469
E-mail:
Please, use WebCT
WebCT:
Please check regularly for lecture outlines and updates
Writing Tutor
TBA
E-mail:
Phone:
Office hour:
Place:
Textbooks
Strategic Management: Text & Cases,4thedition.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2008
Authors: Gregory G. Dess, G. T. Lumpkin, &Alan B. Eisner
Simulation
Group Simulation: Capsim\u2019s FOUNDATION simulation tool fromwww.capsim.com.
Individual Simulation: Capsim\u2019s COMP-XM simulation tool fromwww.capsim.com
Publisher: Smith, D.C.
Register and pay on the websitehttp://www.capsim.com
Registration is required for a passing grade in this class
Please, note that to participate in this simulation exercise you will need to register at the above web-
site. When you register, you will need to purchase a registration number. With questions regarding
the simulation exercise please call the following toll free number during working hours: 877-477-
8787
Course co-requisite and prerequisites
Co-requisite: BA 4371
Prerequisites: BA 3341, BA 3351, BA 3352, BA 3361 and BA 3365
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CourseObjectives

This is a capstone course aiming to integrate what students have learned in other classes,
including finance, accounting, operations, MIS, marketing, and organizational behavior anduse
this knowledge to study the strategic management of the firm as well as the responsibilities of a
general manager.

The complexity of today\u2019s business environment demands that top managers have thenecessary
skills to diagnose operational and strategic problems that they face. This courseintroduces
concepts and analytical techniques for understanding business environments and firm resources,
and for formulating and implementing strategies to compete successfully.
Special attention is paid to the fact that nowadays many firms have overseas operations and
sensitivity to cultural and institutional differences is essential for managing these operations.

The approach of the class is practical and problem oriented. The major part of the course will
involve applying concepts and analytic frameworks to the strategic issues that real-world
companies face. These issues are presented in case studies and in the form of several roundsof
simulation exercise. For the class to work well\u2013 and for you to benefit from it\u2013attendance and
preparation for each class meeting isessential.

Learning Goals
By the end of the course, students should be able to

1. complete an external and internal analysis of a firm.
2. identify the strategic problems of a firm.
3. develop solutions to a firm\u2019s strategic issues.
4. integrate skills acquired in finance, accounting, marketing, and MIS courses to create a

successful firm strategy.
5. write technical essays with appropriate organization and style.
6. gather, interpret and incorporate source materials in their writings with respect to the

context of strategic management.
7. write effective arguments directed toward a business audience.
CourseRequirements

This course requires extensive readings, active discussions, and diligent attention to the exercises. In addition to class time, each student will be expected to spend an average of 4-5 hours a week on this course.

\u2022 If a student cannot commit this amount of time and effort on this course, he or she mustrealize
that it may be very difficult to earn a good grade.
\u2022 Failure to fully prepare for class is also a detriment to one\u2019s fellow students.It is the student\u2019s
responsibilityto thoroughly read the syllabus, fully understand all the requirements, andkeep
track of all the important dates in order to succeed.
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Writing requirement
The university has mandated a requirement of 15 double-spaced pages of writing for each
individual student. The writing tutor will evaluate each paper on grammar, punctuationand writing
style.(Refer to detailed criteria of grading in terms of three rubricsinAppendix 1.) The writing
tutor will assess each written assignment, provide detailed feedback and determine whether
revisions are required.Any assignments receiving grades of 6 or below must be rewritten and will
be assessed again.Rewritten papers must be submitted no later than one week after the graded
papers are distributed by the instructor. Because of this requirement, please submit2 copiesof all
written assignments.
(Each student is required to submit three case analysesand each case analysis should be five
double-spaced pages long.)
Course Grades
Grade will be determined as follows:

\u00b7Individual Exams: 40%
\u00b7Individual written case assignments: 25%
\u00b7Capstone group simulation: 20%
\u00b7Individual Comp-XM: 10%
\u00b7Class Participation:5%

Grading Policy and Course & Instructor Policies:All assignments are due at the beginning of class,
before the lecture, on the due date.No exceptions, please.Plan accordingly. Please staple each
assignment in the upper left corner\u2014no covers, please.
Please note that to avoid free-riding, the group grade will only be assigned to individual team

members who did a fair share of work in the simulation exercise.The contribution of the team
members to the group effort will be evaluated by each team member within the team. Based on the
group peer reviews, students who are consistently evaluated by other team members as not
contributing to the team\u2019s effort will receive a lesser grade than those who contributed fairly.

Note that I will not re-assign individuals to a different group after the initial assignment has been
made. It is the group\u2019s responsibility to work together, just as you would have to in a real top
management team environment.Students desiring guidance on working with group members are
welcome to ask me for advice and to utilize the peer review system.
Final Grade:Per the university\u2019s guideline for grade distribution, the final grade of a
student will be based on the relative standing of his/her total credit points accumulated
fromall the requirements as compared with the rest of the class. In compliance with
university confidentiality policy, no grade information will be transmitted via phone or
e-mail.
Grading scale:Yourgrade in this course is determined as follows:
98 ~
100
97 ~
94
93 ~
90
89 ~
87
86 ~
84
83 ~
80
79 ~
77
76 ~
74
73 ~
70
69 ~
67
66 ~
64
63 ~
60
Below
60
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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