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Oakland University
School of Business Administration

MGT 435 Management Strategies & Policies (CRN 12545)
Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:50 pm (MCCC UC Building 3)
Syllabus and Course Instructions (Winter 2013)

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of strategic management. Students will receive instruction in a set of tools, skills, and perspectives that will enable them to understand how firms gain and sustain a competitive advantage. Management Strategies & Policies will focus on the general environment, industry analysis, strategy formulation, and firm performance. In addition, this course will highlight some of the behavioral processes underlying strategy implementation and strategic decision making.

Objectives of the Course:

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

1. Describe and apply the analytical tools used in strategic management to increase firm competitiveness.

2. Explain how the external environment, current competitive position, firm resources, capabilities, and strategic choice impact firm performance and competitive advantage.

3. Assess and evaluate a firm’s strategic options in the global marketplace using appropriate strategic management concepts and analytical tools.

Instructor Information:

Stephen Bazinski E-mail: sbazinski @sbcglobal.net

Course Material:
Textbook to be used is Crafting and Executing Strategy: Concepts and Cases (18th edition) by Thompson, Peteraf, Strickland, & Gamble. Published by McGraw Hill/Irwin since 2011. The ISBN is 978-0078112720. International editions may not have the same case studies.

Evaluation and Grading Procedure:
The semester grade will be based on your performance in the following: 1. Six quizzes (each 11%) - 66%
2. Case Study Analyses - 10%
3. Oral Group Project - 24%
TOTAL 100%

1. Quizzes: The quizzes are closed book and closed notes. All six of them will focus on the theoretical material discussed in class. Each will consist of multiple choice questions that equally cover each chapter. There is no need for a Scantron, blue book, or calculator. Refer to the syllabus for exam dates. There are no questions from the case studies. It is strictly on textbook material. The final exam is a quiz on Chapter 12.

If you miss an exam and have a valid excuse (e.g. documented death in the family, documented serious illness, documented work issue, etc.) you will be given a chance to take it at a time and place of the instructor’s choosing. Without documentation for the absence, the exam will have 0% recorded as the grade.

Students wishing to contest a problem on a graded exam must do so by writing their argument and submitting it to the instructor by the next lecture session. The explanation needs to include references to the text to support their answer choice to the question. The final exam can be returned to students who wish to have them by making arrangements with the instructor.

2. Case Study: On the syllabus you will find scheduled dates for when certain cases will be due. Only one case study is needed from each student in electronic form e-mailed to me as an attached Word file by the due date. It will be scanned by a computer software program for grammar, spelling, and plagiarism. This is not to be a group effort or a cut-and-paste effort from the Internet. Questions provided by the instructor for each case will need to be fully answered. Please refer to the handout on this subject for more detail. Once a due date passes for a case, it will no longer be accepted. Once you have turned in a case, you are done for this part of the course. There are no do-overs or submitting another case for extra credit..

3. Group Project: Each student group will give an analysis of a company’s strategic...
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