Business Strategy and Policy

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BUSINESS STRATEGY AND POLICY
Winter 2011Quarter
Dr. Ossama Elhadary

BUS 4514 creditsPrerequisites: MGT220, MKT220, FIN300Class Hours: T 06:00 pm – 09:30 pm| Faculty Office: GMT – Rm. 117Room: BGN 135| Contact Info:ose@berkeleycollege.eduOffice Hours:W 8:30 am – 11:30 amR 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm|

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is an overview of the most recent theories and the current practice in strategic management. Examines the development and implementation of strategies in various areas of business activity (finance, sourcing, production, human resource management, marketing, and international business).

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS

Author(s): Hitt, Ireland, Hoskisson
ISBN: 0-538-75309-9
Text: Strategic Management Concepts, 9th ed.
Publisher: Cengage Learning, 2010

Compliance with Federal Law: For information on the authors, titles, retail prices, ISBN numbers and other details regarding the textbooks, please visit the college website at http://bookstore.berkeleycollege.edu.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the successful conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

* Have a deeper understanding of the process of strategic management and its contribution to the management of the organization  * Identify the options available to the organization to best cope with changes in the environment and to best take advantage of the organization's competence  * Develop and apply analytical and creative skills in handling and evaluating problems and in generating alternative solutions  * Identify and explain methods used by companies to develop competitive advantage.

TEACHING and LEARNING
This course uses a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies and individual research. Students’ knowledge will be evaluated with quizzes, written assignments, in-class discussions a midterm, and a final exam. Evaluation of written assignments will be based the on the quality of content, understanding of current events and issues, the quality of the “mechanics” (proper use of language, punctuation, grammar, etc.) and the quality of the written and oral presentation. You are expected to engage in college-level reading, verbal comprehension and study skills. Outside reading of relevant current events is encouraged. Active participation in all class activities is required. Communication skills are considered essential in the field of Management. Therefore, as a member of this class, you will participate in active learning exercises such as analysis of current events, class discussions, group activities, etc... Please accept responsibility for your own actions, including asking questions and to offer and accept constructive criticism.

PARTICIPATION
Regular attendance and participation in class discussions are very important. The ability to converse with the professor and fellow students about issues related to the topic of the course is an important part of the learning strategy. Consequently, a portion of the final grade will reflect the frequency and quality of the student's participation in classroom discussion. You are responsible to submit all assigned work at the start of class on the date due - even when absent. (This can be done via email attachment). There is no makeup work and late work is NOT accepted and will receive a grade of zero. Attendance will be taken at the discretion of the instructor and is defined as being present and seated quietly when class begins. All students are expected to be in class on time. Arriving late is distracting, disruptive and unprofessional. A student who comes to class after the attendance is taken will be marked absent. A student who comes to class and then leaves will be marked absent. The instructor holds the right to make the final decision in determining your number of absences.

COMMUNICATION
Each student must have a...
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