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Arab Open University Faculty of Business Studies

B301B: Making Sense of Strategy II


Spring 2013
The Course Calendar
Week Text Course materials to be discussed in tutorials
Course Introduction: entry, materials, requirements, etc. and an overview of the topics to be covered. This could be done by covering the following parts of Block 1: Introduction, pp. 5-6 Learning outcomes, p. 7 Unit 2 section 2.4 & 2.5 Unit 3 sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 Reading 12: The Competitive advantage of nations Reading 13: National Policies and domestic politics Block 3: Unit 4 (sections 4.3 & 4.4) Unit 5: section 5.1, 5.2 (pp.206-216), section 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 Reading 14: Corporate strategy and parenting theory Unit 6: 256-271; 276-278 Reading 16: Decision processes Reading 19: Cognitively skilled organizational decision making: making senses of deciding

Homework
Block 1: activity 2.3, 3.1

Remarks

Block 3 and Readings for Block 3

Block 3: activities 4.12, 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 4.16, 4.17, 4.18, 4.19, 4.20 & 4.21 Activities 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5, 5.10, 5.11 & 5.12 Activities 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 & 6.7

TMA Posting

explore Block 4 TMA discussion - read section 2.3 of Unit 2 in Block 1

Block 6 and Readings for Block 5 &6

7 8 9 10 Block 5 and Readings for Block 5 & 6

Unit 6: section 6.2 Reading 20: Intuition in strategic decision making: friend or foe in the fast-paced 21st century? Reading 21: The hidden traps in decision making Unit 6: section 6.3 Reading 24: Foundations for making smart decisions Reading 25: Strategy as strategic decision making Introduction to Block 5 Unit 1: sections 1.1, 1.2, & 1.3 Reading 1: Obstacles to effective strategy implementation Unit 1: section 1.4 Reading 2: Putting leadership back into strategy Unit 2: sections 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3 Reading 3: The structuring of organizations Unit 3: sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 Reading 4: Strategy creation in the periphery: inductive versus deductive strategy making Unit 4: sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 Reading 5: Managing strategic change strategy, culture and action Unit 1: sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 Reading 6: Scenario planning as a strategy technique Unit 2: sections 2.1 & 2.2 Reading 7: Surfing the edge of chaos

Activities 6.11 & 6.12

Activities 6.15, 6.16

Block 5: Activities 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3 Block 5:Activities 1.5 & 1.7 Block 5:Activities 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8 & 2.10 Block 5:Activities 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 & 3.5 Block 5:Activities 4.1, 4.4, 4.7& 4.9 Block 6: Activities 1.3 & 1.5 Block 6: Activities 2.6, 2.9, 2.11, 2.13 & 2.14

Midterm Examination as specified covers material up to week 7

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Review Session Final Examination as specified in the Final Examination Schedule