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