ILRHR4640 Syllabus Spring 09 - Cornell University ILRHR...

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Cornell University ILRHR 4640 Business Strategy Course Syllabus Lecture : Tuesday and Thursday 10:10-11:25am Location: 111 Ives Hall Instructor : Dr. Daniel Cohen Office Hours : Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am-10:00am and 1:00pm-2:00pm (or, happily by appointment) 367 East Ives Hall Contact Information : Dc489@cornell.edu Dc489@cornell.edu   607-255-9472 (office-phone)  Required Materials : Understanding Business Strategy: Concepts and Cases , by Ireland, Hoskisson, and Hitt, available at Cornell Bookstore Business Strategy Course Packet (available at Cornell Bookstore) Important Note : PLEASE NOTE: I strive to provide equal opportunity and access to all students. Please contact me as soon as possible if you have a disability or condition that may require some modification of seating, testing, or any other class requirement, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. If you have any emergency medical information about which I should know, or if you need special arrangements in the event the classroom must be evacuated, please let me know. Course Overview How do some firms gain sustainable competitive advantage over industry rivals while others struggle to simply survive? How do factors such as a firm’s internal and external environment impact their selection and implementation of strategy? How do new firms effectively plan and execute strategies that will enable them to successfully compete against established firms? How do some firms align activities in a manner that supports their chosen strategies while others seem to frequently struggle with issues of alignment? These are some examples of the types of questions we will seek to answer in our study of Business Strategy. I designed this course to help you synthesize and apply knowledge gained throughout your study of management. The course attempts to encourage an integrated, cross-functional perspective to develop analytical and decision making skills needed to cope with organizational uncertainties and business realities. To achieve these objectives, a healthy balance of theory and practice will be applied in the form of textbook and current journal article readings and discussions mixed in with myriad real life business examples and cases.
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Business Strategy ILRHR Spring 2009 Preliminary Syllabus Page 2 Detailed Course Information My Teaching Philosophy and Responsibilities: My goal in the classroom is to create a learning community. I believe three elements contribute to an effective learning environment: responsibilities – of professor and students, communication and mutual respect. Responsibilities - I believe it is my responsibility to design a challenging and meaningful course and to provide access to interesting and useful information in a manner that facilitates your learning. It is also my responsibility to provide clear and realistic expectations about what you need to do to successfully complete this course. It is your responsibility to put in the time and effort necessary to learn. What you gain from this course is ultimately a matter of personal choice.
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ILRHR4640 Syllabus Spring 09 - Cornell University ILRHR...

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