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  • Department of Management

    Developing tomorrows leaders today

    Plan your progress carefully; hour-by-hour, day-by-day, month-by-month. Organized activity and maintained

    enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power (P.J.Meyer)

    Organizational Strategy

    MANA 4322-001

    Summer 2011

    Instructor: Dr. Caterina Tantalo Email: catherine.tantalo@gmail.com

    Class Time: Mon & Wed 8:00 PM - 10:20 PM Room: COBA 256

    Office Hours: by appointment

    Text: - Organizational Strategy 4322 by Dess, Lumpkin, and Eisner ISBN 0390669209. This customized

    version of the textbook is only available at the UT Arlington Bookstore.

    - Foundation Business Simulation (on line registration using Industry number: F43749 or F43750

    at http://www.capsim.com). Booklet distributed in class.

    Course Overview

    The course represents an integrative learning experience that focuses on the role of top management in integrating

    an organization's internal functional activities and external environmental forces. Emphasis is placed on defining

    economic, technological, ethical, political, and social factors affecting an organization and their consideration in

    setting goals, strategies, and operating policies.


    Students enrolled in Management 4322 must have senior classification in the College of Business Administration

    and must have completed ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302 and (ECON 2305 or ECON 2302) and (ECON 2306 or

    ECON 2301) and (MANA 3311or MANA 3318 or MANA 3319 or MANA 3321) and (STAT 3321 or BUSA 3321

    or STAT 3322 or BUSA 3322) and FINA 3313. All prerequisites are required (no exceptions).


  • Todays students are tomorrows leaders, and their qualities clearly determine their future!


    Course Objectives

    The course has multiple objectives which include the following:

    1) Developing managerial skills by an integrated approach based on theoretical learning and practice experience.

    2) Making stronger the previous business skill and enhance new challenges toward a strategic managerial orientation.

    3) Learning the instruments and the methodologies which will support you in doing your future job.

    4) Developing problem solving skills and general knowledge to help the corporation to face actual and future challenges.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    After completing the course the student will be able to:

    1. Analyze the internal and external environment of the corporations.

    2. Recognize opportunity/threats and have the instruments to face them.

    3. Develop/implement a companys corporate level strategy and evaluate its appropriateness considering the companys competitive environment.

    4. Analyze the social and ethical dimensions of corporate actions.

    5. Appraise a companys internal and external environment in both case studies and real life situations and be able to discuss with class members and company managers, the opportunities and threats a company faces.

    6. Apply knowledge gained in other core business management classes to propose problem solving strategies for business case studies covered in class and real life situations.

    Achieving the Objectives

    Three kind of activities may support you in achieving the main courses objectives:

    I. Active participation rather than passive attendance. To effectively develop this task you need of: a)

    reading and understanding lecture materials and cases; b) standing high enthusiasm and passion in

    learning how effectively do your future job. This is your time to learn and practice. Now you have this

    big opportunity and some mistakes are welcome. Tomorrow will be too late, because your mistakes may be

    not tolerated from your boss/shareholders or, even worse, may represent the sources of some business

    failures. Furthermore, just for clarification, remember: Simply coming to class will not earn a

    satisfactory participation grade!

    II. Do the best you can to be a successful management team. Students will work in groups to perform the

    business simulation Foundation and each group will have responsibility for one company. Students will

    craft corporate- business-, and functional-level strategies The simulation will involve the following


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    Company Performance. The company performance grade results will be assigned a group basis

    according to the closing company stock price.

    Annual Meeting. Near the end of the course, each group will conduct a Shareholder Meeting

    presentation with the aim to present the corporate results to the rest of the class (i.e., the corporate

    shareholders). This will be a 20 minute Power Point Presentation conducted as a Shareholders

    Meeting, i.e., a formal presentation of the results of the past eight years of effort. The focus will be

    on why the team achieved its level of success. Adding to this, a written Annual Report and a

    hard copy of the presentation need to be submitted to the instructor on the day of the team

    presentation. The minimum is 25 pages. Graphs and tables are fine if appropriately sized and

    directly germane to the text. 12 pt New Time Roman single spaced. The team is addressing

    shareholders at the annual meeting. You are the senior management team explaining how youve

    added shareholder value. Basically, heres what we did with your money to generate a superior

    return on your investment. The Annual Report should present a round-by-round analytical

    examination of the overall business environment leading to the decisions undertaken by the group.

    Complete Comp-XM exam. Each student manages a simulated business over the course of five

    years. After each simulated year, the student takes a short exam with questions and answers

    tailored to their situation.

    Each student will prepare a written analytical Executive Summary of the companys performance

    during the Comp-XM exercise. A hardcopy submission is required.

    III. Do the best you can to be a successful student completing the mid-term & final examinations. They

    will consist of multiple-choice and short-answer questions.


    Each activity in which you will be participating will be combined to determine your final grade. Their weights are

    as follows:

    1. Class participation 10% 2. Simulation:

    Company Performance 20%

    Shareholders Meeting and Annual Report 10%

    3. Comp-XM Balanced Scorecard 10%

    Board Queries 5%

    4. Comp-XM Executive Summary 5% 5. Mid-term exam 20% 6. Final Exam 20%

    Total 100%

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    Date Topics Covered Assignment

    Week 1 1 June, 6th _ Mon Introduction to the course, Introduction to

    Foundation and Student Team formation

    Introduction to Strategic management -

    Specialized Bicycle Video

    Chapter 1

    Chapter 13

    2 June, 8th _ Wed Analyzing the External Environment of the Firm

    Panera Bread Company video.

    Chapter 2

    Week 2 3 June, 13th _ Mon Assessing the Internal Environment of the Firm -

    The Value Chain video

    Team meeting for practice decision 1

    Chapter 3

    Practice Decision 1 (due

    by 11:00 PM)

    4 June, 15th _ Wed Recognizing a Firm's Intellectual Assets: Moving

    Beyond a Firm's Tangible Resources

    Review Practice Round 1

    Chapter 4

    Practice Decision 2 (due

    by 11:00 PM)

    Week 3 5 June, 20th _ Mon Business-Level Strategy: Creating and Sustaining

    Competitive Advantage - Whole Foods & Toy Wars


    Review Practice Round 2

    Chapter 5

    6 June, 22th _ Wed Review for exam, Team meeting for Decision 1

    Decision 1 (due by 11:00


    Week 4 7 June, 27th _ Mon Exam I on Chapters 1-5

    In class

    8 June, 29th _ Wed Corporate Level Strategy: Creating Value

    Through Diversification - Sears/Kmart & Jet Blue


    Team Decision 1: Review and discuss

    Chapter 6

    Decision 2 (due by 11:00


    Week 5 9 July, 4th _ Mon No class Independence day

    10 July, 6th _ Wed International Strategy: Creating Value in Global

    Markets - Starbucks, Building Relationships With

    Coffee Growers video

    Team Decision 2: Review and discuss

    Chapter 7

    Decision 3 (due by 11:00


    Week 6 11 July, 11th _ Mon Entrepreneurial Strategy and Competitive

    Dynamics - Dippin' Dots Ice Cream video

    Team Decision 3: Review and discuss

    Chapter 8

    Decision 4 (due by 11:00


    12 July, 13th _ Wed Strategic Control and Corporate Governance

    Walmart Global Giant & Johnson & Johnson


    Chapter 9

    Decision 5 (due by 11:00


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    Team Decision 4: Review and discuss Week 7 13 July, 18th _ Mon Creating Effective Organizational Designs - One

    Smooth Stone video

    Comp-XM begins

    Team Decision 5: Review and discuss

    Chapter 10

    Decision 6 (due by 11:00


    Comp-XM begins (at 9:00AM)

    14 July, 20th _ Wed Managing Innovation and Fostering Corporate


    Team Decision 6: Review and discuss

    Chapter 12

    Decision 7 (due by 11:00


    Week 8 15 July, 25th _ Mon Ethical leadership, The Container Store video,

    Team Decision 7: Review and discuss

    Review for exam

    Decision 8 (due by 11:00


    July, 27th _ Wed Exam II on Chapters 6-12 In class August,1th _ Mon Shareholder Meetings

    Power Point presentation / Annual Report document

    August,3th _ Wed Shareholder Meetings

    Power Point presentation / Annual Report document

    Comp-XM ends

    Comp XM Executive Summary Due

    Comp-XM ends

    Comp XM Executive

    Summary Due

    Note: This schedule can be modified by the instructor

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    Late work/grade policy

    All assignments must be handed in by the scheduled due date to receive full consideration. Late assignments will not be accepted without

    prior approval from the instructor. If a student feels that the grade they receive for the course is in error discuss the situation with the

    instructor who will provide to explain the reasons of that grade.

    Drop Policies

    It is the student's responsibility to complete the course or withdraw from the course in accordance with University Regulations. Students

    are strongly encouraged to verify their grade status before dropping a course after the first withdrawal date. A student who drops a course

    after the first withdrawal date may receive an F in the course if the student is failing at the time the course is dropped. Final drop date is

    July, 21th.

    Student Support Services

    The University supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success.

    They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded

    programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at

    817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

    Americans with Disabilities Act

    The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation;

    reference Public Law 92-112 - The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of federal legislation entitled Americans with

    Disabilities Act (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the

    same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens.

    As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate

    on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty of their need for accommodation and in

    providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. Information regarding specific diagnostic criteria and

    policies for obtaining academic accommodations can be found at www.uta.edu/disability. Also, you may visit the Office for Students with

    Disabilities in room 102 of University Hall or call them at (817) 272-3364.

    Academic Integrity

    It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and

    will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University

    regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not

    limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to

    another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit

    such acts." (Regents Rules and Regulations, Series 50101, Section 2.2)

    Communication Outside of Class: The University of Texas at Arlington has adopted the University email address as an official means of

    communication with students. Students are responsible for checking their email regularly.

    Electronic Devices in Class Policy: No cell phones, PDAs, or personal computers are allowed to be on or used during class without the

    instructors permission.

    COBA Policy on Bomb Threats

    Section 22.07 of the Texas Criminal Law states that a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by (1) a fine not to exceed $4,000, (2) a jail

    term of not more than one year, or (3) both such a fine and confinement. If anyone is tempted to call in a bomb threat, be aware that UTA

    has the technology to trace phone calls. Every effort will be made to avoid cancellation of presentation/ tests caused by bomb threats to the

    Business Building. Unannounced alternate sites will be available for these classes. If a student who has a class with a scheduled test or

    presentation arrives and the building has been closed due to a bomb threat, the student should immediately check for the alternate class site

    notice which will be posted on/near the main doors on the south side of the Business building. If the bomb threat is received while class is

    in session, your instructor will ask you to leave the building and reconvene at another location. Students who provide information leading

    to the successful prosecution of anyone making a bomb threat will receive one semester's free parking in the Maverick Garage across from

    the Business Building. UTA's Crimestoppers may provide a reward to anyone providing information leading to an arrest. To make an

    anonymous report, call 817-272-5245.

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