Week 1 Lecture.pdf - 42001 Competitive Strategy Thomas R Covert [email protected] Some logistics Syllabus \u2022 Review syllabus carefully TA

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42001: Competitive Strategy Thomas R. Covert [email protected]
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Some logistics
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Syllabus Review syllabus carefully
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TA & Office Hours TAs: Andres Shahidinejad ( [email protected] ) − Please direct logistical/administrative questions to him. − Also, talk to him about homework and exam grading… I am also happy to meet with you in person to discuss the course, strategy as an academic discipline, economics more broadly, your career choices… Send me an email and we can set up a time
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Course Materials REQUIRED − Course packet (HBS cases, notes, news articles) − All material distributed via Canvas OPTIONAL − Luís Cabral’s Introduction to Industrial Organization . § Both editions (2000 and 2017) are acceptable − Useful reference for underlying economic ideas in strategy − You might find the suggested chapters interesting and/or helpful if you did not take undergraduate industrial organization (IO)
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Grading Class participation: 20% Case/reading memos: 20% In-class midterm (90 minutes): 25% Final exam (180 minutes): 35%
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Preparing for Class For each class, prepare to discuss readings and/or case(s) Weekly guides with study questions will be posted online Lecture slides will usually be available before lecture You must submit a 1 page written response to study questions − Hard limit! TA won’t read past the first page § Some quantitative cases, 1 extra page for calculations − This is to help you think concisely Small study groups are OK − Do your own write-up, indicate who you worked with − All members should participate in discussion
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Participation Elements of a good class discussion: Concise answers − Backed up by evidence and logic Quantity and quality both matter Disagreement is encouraged No outside sources (except for personal career experiences directly relevant to the industry or firm in the case) Cold calls, including case openers , randomly selected You can choose not to participate: put your name card face down or let me know ahead of time
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Midterm and Final Problems and short-answer questions Analysis of a case distributed one week in advance I will post some practice problems on Canvas at the same time OPTIONAL in-class “game” after midterm − The game is fun, but its definitely not required − Participants have a shot at a modest amount of extra credit Students will take exam during scheduled time Early exams are a logistical nightmare for the TA and me If you anticipate needing an early exam, talk to me ASAP, and there is no guarantee that I can accommodate you.
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Participation is important It’s important for your career development − Someday, a boss, investor and/or important customer will ask for your opinion about something you haven’t quite nailed down in your head − At that point you can either freak out, or think quickly, calmly and analytically about the problem Which would you rather do?
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