MANNOR_-_Spring_2008_Syllabus - Michael J Mannor Phone...

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Michael J. Mannor Spring 2008 Phone: 353-3046 Section 009 / 012 Email: [email protected] Mon: 5:00 - 7:50 Office: N454 North Business Complex Wed: 5:00 - 7:50 Office Hours: Anytime by Apt. Class Website: MGT 409: This course has been primarily designed to study the firm from the perspective of its managers. A principal concern of mangers is to conceive, develop and implement strategies that will allow their firm to perform better than its competitors. As such, the course focuses on the conceptual tools and analytical models that can assist managers at various levels within the organization to raise its performance to a level that is above all others within its industry. The development of such high performance strategies requires managers to develop a better understanding of the shifting situational factors both outside and inside their firm. A thorough analysis of such factors can therefore assist managers in making and evaluating their strategic decisions. This course will introduce and illustrate various frameworks that can be used by managers to carry out a through and comprehensive situational analysis. Towards this end, we will also rely on several case studies to provide rich descriptions of a wide variety of situations that are faced by managers in real companies. This course will be demanding. The old cliché applies: the more you put in, the more you get out. TEXT Strategic Management (3 rd Edition). Dess, Lumpkin, and Eisner, McGraw-Hill, 2006. COURSEPACK Course Pack Title: Business Strategy and Policy – Spring 2008 (ID: 278148) To order contact: (see directions at the end of this syllabus) PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH As mentioned above, the basic emphasis of the course will be on the contribution that various conceptual tools and analytical models can make to a situational analysis of a broad range of organizations. As such, the class sessions will be designed both to introduce such frameworks and to understand how they can be put to practical use in the various cases that will be covered. Furthermore, an effort will be made to maximize the learning in the class sessions by demonstrating how these frameworks could be applied to other organizations facing similar issues. In order to obtain full benefit of such an approach, it is necessary that everyone come to each class session well prepared. This does not mean that you are expected to have a full understanding of all of the aspects of an assigned case or to have a through knowledge of all of the frameworks in an assigned chapter. Most cases make take some time to figure out and many of the frameworks require some effort to understand. However, it does mean that you should have thoroughly read and intelligently thought about the issues raised by each case and each chapter. You should also attempt to develop a well thought out position on these issues that can be clearly articulated during the class discussion.
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course MGT 409 taught by Professor Mannorm. during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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