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Dr. Michael W. Pitts
While personal objectives for taking this course vary, there are certain core objectives that carry value. Globally, these are:
Therefore, the course specifically seeks to build skills in:
Since linking the reward structure to actual strategic performance is a vital part of galvanizing commitment to any strategic management process, the following system has been established to accomplish this task.
|Strategic Management Project||40%||Hands-on application using a strategic team approach. (See below)|
|Problem Identification Cases||36%||Four cases weighted equally. (See below)|
|Quizzes||24%||Periodic in-class assessment for monitoring conceptual/theoretical progress in subject matter. Twelve quizzes at unannounced intervals cover text, outside readings, and lectures. The giving of makeup quizzes is solely at the discretion of the professor.|
|Assessment Project||NONE||Required assessment project|
|Class Participation||NONE||All students should be thoroughly prepared to discuss the topics of the day. While attendance per se is not taken, we will learn best when we have quality interaction. As such, students are encouraged to put forth their ideas consistently through the semester. Remember, your ability to think is a valuable asset in its own right.|
This project will focus on one core case throughout the semester (Motorola, a global, leading-edge, high-technology firm). As such, the smaller cases will relate to "feeder" firms or internal divisions of Motorola.
In order to accomplish this project, your class will be structured into teams assembled by the professor. Each team will be responsible for its own vertical and lateral communications and work flow. This is in preparation for a more "decentralized" and "cross-functional" workplace. You will be assisted in this task by "mentors" assigned to you from the MBA strategy class. Their assignment is to provide wisdom and guidance as you maneuver through this process.
As an "outcome" of this process, a single strategic document will be presented to me near the end of the semester. This document will be given a single grade that will be shared by all class members (there will be no individual team grades). I would expect said plan to (minimally) include statements regarding:
Remember, you must define future actions you plan to take, since the future is where we will implement and live out our plan(s).
Finally, there will be a "presentation day" where we will all gather to hear divisional components and to critique ideas. This will be in lieu of the final exam and will be scheduled accordingly.
Students tend to be more experienced in solving problems than in discovering problems or potential missed opportunities. This semester each student will do several case analyses in which a one-page (typed) report will be assembled. Each report will consist of:
The following represent suggestions for doing these reports:
The learning objective is one of identifying opportunities/problems and of understanding the need to prioritize tactical (short-range) decisions before tackling more strategic decisions.
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