I have to chose my own topic for my paper but I just don't know what topic to chose. Please suggest topics. Below is what my professor says about the paper...
Synthesis Paper Topic: The Nature of Strategic Management and Firm Performance
The topic and title of your synthesis paper is entirely up to you. Although the subject matter of this course is narrow relative to the broader field of business, by semester's end we will have taken a deep dive into this narrow topic of strategic management. Moreover, we will have examined issues involving (1) strategic planning, (2) the role of the CEO, (3) firm performance, and (4) the nature of business itself. In addition, we will have explored how the role of organizational functional areas (such as finance and marketing, among many others) interact and contribute to the organization; and how the firm interacts with larger social, legal, and business environments. You will have read and discussed various theories relating to strategic management and firm performance. You will have completed assignments requiring research and personal reflection on strategic management and related topics. You will have had many conversations with your team mates regarding the content of this course, and the assigned case study. This Synthesis Paper is your opportunity to demonstrate your command of the course's subject matter.
As graduate students you are expected to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking - an ability to transcend knowledge and truly understand - an ability to connect the dots and make sense of otherwise seemingly disparate information. Most importantly, you are expected to have an opinion, an evidence-based and logical defensible position. This Synthesis Paper is an opportunity for you to express your position on the Nature of Strategic Management. The Socratic Skill Builders assignments throughout the semester have been designed to provide ideas and material for your Synthesis Paper.
Your Synthesis Paper might encompass the entirety of the course, attempting to synthesis the essence of strategic management, CEO influence, and firm performance. Your paper might attempt to synthesize the different paradigms of strategic management presented in the course. Your paper may speak to your personal experience with strategic planning or CEOs, or your ambitions and emotions related to becoming a CEO. Or you may attempt to focus on one of the following questions. What is strategic management and how does it relate to firm performance or sustainability? How does it relate to employee or individual happiness? What are the most important issues, advantages, and challenges facing those aspiring to be a CEO? The specific topic of your synthesis paper is entirely up to you as long as it synthesizes the materials taught in this course.
This Synthesis Paper represents YOUR view of strategic management. While you should use the concepts and language developed in this course to demonstrate your command of the subject, this is not an exercise in regurgitation. I want to know your thoughts.
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