Management Course Objectives
The Strategic Management course is an integrative one designed
to provide students the opportunity to develop skills in identifying,
analyzing, and solving problems through a variety of assignments
which represent the real business world. Problems to be examined
will involve a wide range of substantive ones in business, where
the student is expected to consider the external implications
(such as new government controls) at the same time that decisions
must be formulated. While doing this, students will gain experience
and confidence that will prepare them for the business world.
The perspective will be that of top management concerns of the
total organization rather than any specific functional area.
Topics of current interest will be examined regarding their
impact on strategy formulation and execution. Accordingly, students
are encouraged to consider these developments in their deliberations.
Students will also be required to identify and evaluate ethical
consequences of strategic decisions.
In addition to the lectures and case discussions, we will
be using several articles from the business press to focus
on topics of current interest. Throughout the course, a strategic
outlook will predominate, but especially in the cases. Most
of the problems raised in the cases are strategic in nature,
rather than tactical.