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University of Texas at DallasI School of Management Course Description and Syllabus for BA 4205 Section 501 – Social and

Political Environment of Business - SPRING 2006 INSTRUCTOR: RAJ SHARMA P.E. A.I.C.P. Phone: 214 957 5024 Email: or preferably WebCT Office Location & Time: By appointment Instructor - Profile: Represented the State of Alberta, Canada in the Republic of India, in the area of promoting Trade and Investments. During this time, helped North American companies sell products & services, find joint venture partners and secure investments from India. Work experience in Canada, India and U.S.A. Also, worked for various government agencies. Managed large budgets and workforces for over 20 years. Currently, Board Member of the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Board member Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the World Affairs Council. Conducted or participated in several Strategic Planning events at the departmental or corporate level. In addition to U.T.D, taught at the Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. Completed the Executive Development Program and M.B.A. from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a BSc (Hons.) in civil engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada. Course Objectives: This is a capstone course that will use the skills you have learnt in different courses taken so far. It will integrate the knowledge gained from marketing, production, finance, MIS, human resources and other courses. This course allows you to be in a leadership position. It gives you the opportunity to make decisions that will impact the growth or decline of a company. You will be able to learn the theory of formulating strategy, implement and see the result of your actions. You will also have an opportunity to compare your results with the competitors and find out about the actions that contribute to success. It is an intense course and requires your full attention The University has mandated as part of this course a requirement of at least 15 double spaced pages of writing per individual student that will be evaluated on grammar, punctuation, and writing style. The assignments will be reviewed by a writing tutor, in addition to the professor. Therefore, please submit two copies of each assignment. The writing tutor will give marks between 1 and 10. Any assignment scoring 5 or less will have to rewritten and resubmitted. These marks will count toward the final course grade. Required Reading: International Marketing, Czinkota & Ronkainen, 7th edition, Thompson South-Western College Publishing BusinessWeek Grades Mid Term 1 Mid Term 2 Final Examination Simulation Exercise Company Performance Simulation Report Group Report Group Presentation Cases – Individual

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Letter Grade Assignment A+: 97 and up; B+: 87-89; C+: 77-79; D+: 67-69: A: 94-96; A-: 90-93 B: 84-86; B-: 80-83 C: 74-76; C-: 70-73 D: 64-66; D-: 60-63 F: Below 60%

Examinations All examinations will be true/false and/or multiple choice. Please bring a scantron form. Individual Cases Individual cases will be due in class on the day they appear in the syllabus. I will be handing out the questions for individual cases in the first class. You need to submit no more two pages for each case. I would like hard copies of the cases, to be submitted in class. Class Participation You must come to class prepared to discuss the chapter of the day to secure participation marks. Group Case and Presentation The groups will consist of up to 6 members, unless approved otherwise. Please give your team names by January 18 in an email. All names must be spelled as shown in the official UTD registration (do not use short names). Each group will be responsible for presenting one case during the semester, on the assigned day. You may choose your case from the list of cases in the syllabus. Presentation day will be assigned on first come first basis. More than one group may be presenting on a day. Group case will require greater research done, and thought given, compared to other students who will be reviewing the same case and submitting it as an individual case. Team Member Evaluations You will be evaluating your team members. I will use these evaluations towards part of the class participation marks. However, if you are totally satisfied with your team member’s participation in the group effort, you may not fill out the form. Only less than excellent performs should necessitate submitting the form. Grade Communication All marks will be posted on WebCT. Please make sure to write your full names. Classroom Rules You are required to attend class. Respect your fellow students – turn off cell phones, no talking amongst yourselves, be on time. It is easiest to contact me outside of class via e-mail. If necessary, we can make appointments if before class or after class meetings are not sufficient. Please be sure that I have a way to contact you (e-mail address, phone number). Scholastic Dishonesty Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students who violate the University of Texas at Dallas’ rules on scholastic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. I will strictly enforce the University’s policies. Simulation Exercise Group simulation exercise will allow you to act as senior management team of a company and make strategic decisions. You will have two practice rounds and six competition rounds. Each round represent one year of actual time. The marks will be assigned based on your company’s performance and the group report that is submitted at the end of the project. Please visit to register and get further instructions.

TENTATIVE SYLLABUS Date Description Chapter Case

Jan 10

Introduction Syllabus – Simulation Strategic Management Strategy Formulation The External Environment


Case Questions Handed Out Form Teams

Jan 17 Jan 24

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Form Teams McDonald’s Hamburger Hell Presentations Practice Round 1

Jan 31 Feb 7

Mid Term 1 The Global Environment

On 1 – 3 4 Presentations Practice Round 2 Can Dunkin KO Krispy Presentations Competition Round 1 Novartis Presentations Competition Round 2

Feb 14

Internal Analysis


Feb 21

Formulating Long-Term Objectives


Feb 28 Mar 14

Mid Term 2 Single or Dominant-Product Businesses:

On 4 -6 7 The Samsung Way Presentations Competition Round 3 Presentations Competition Round 4 General Mills Presentations Competition Round 5 Presentations Competition Round 6 Xerox Presentations

Mar 21

Choice in Multibusiness Company


Mar 28

Short-Term Objectives


Apr 04

Structure, Leadership, and Culture


Apr 11

Control and Continuous Improvement Final Exam


Apr 18

On 7 - 11

TEAM MEMBER EVALUATIONS In order to provide you the opportunity to objectively evaluate the contributions made by your team members during this course and to provide me additional input concerning the individual performance of team members, you are requested to complete this questionnaire. Do not rate your own performance. Team Name. _________________

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Scoring: E = Performance exceeded my expectations M = Performance met my expectations B = Performance below my expectations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Attended and played active role in team newsgroup. Assumed and accomplished specific task responsibilities according to team schedule. Gave support to individual members. Made positive suggestions on how to accomplish assignments. Provided leadership. Encouraged others to contribute. Overall contribution to success of all assignments.

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