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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MAN6782
Tracking Number - 2132

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-05-10
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Not Applicable
Comments: USF STPT approved 10/4/10; To USF Institutions for concurrence by 10/15/10. Prefix GEB approved as MAN, Number 6782

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2008-10-27
  2. Department: USF St. Petersburg MBA Program
  3. College: BP
  4. Budget Account Number: 140100
  5. Contact Person: Alison Watkins
  6. Phone: 34086
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MAN
  9. Number: 6782
  10. Full Title: Organizational Strategies for the 21st Century
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Org Strategies 21st Century
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: USF St. Petersburg undergraduate prerequisite classes and good standing in USF SP MBA program
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: An integrated course that ties together concepts, principles, and skills useful in strategic management and strategic direction making with issues of ethics and responsibility in organizations in the 21st century.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course has been offered in the USF St. Petersburg MBA program since its inception in 2004 under a temporary GEB selected topics class.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Required for degree
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 4 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in a business related discipline and academically qualified under research definition of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  29. Objectives: 1. Understand and be able to apply theories, tools and methods for a dynamic approach to strategic management in today's organizational environment.

    2. Gain and apply knowledge of strategic factors important for management and decision making through readings and case studies (discussions in class and online) and via written report and oral presentation assignments using organizational theories, analysis, and critical thinking tools.

    3. Understand how strategic management and decision making is situated in a milieu of value positions that compete for consideration in the firms' decisions and operations; be aware of multiple views of strategy.

    4. Cultivate sensitivity to issues of ethics and social responsibility, and broaden awareness of issues of globalization.

    5. Enhance written and oral communication skills in practice via case study assignments, gain experience working in teams, exercise integration of theory and practice, and be able to recommend solutions for strategic management problems considering the ethical issues managers face.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Upon completion of the course students will be able to evaluate community responsibilities in organizations and society, and to propose innovated solutions to complex ethical issues faced by organizations.

    2. Upon completion of the course students will be able to analyze and evaluate complex issues on political, economic, legal and regulatory context of business.

  31. Major Topics: Strategic Management, Ethical and Global Issues, Social Responsibility of Business
  32. Textbooks: Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization - Concepts, 8th Ed (2009). (M. A. Hitt, R. D. Ireland, and R. E. Hoskisson), South-Western Cengage Learning (ISBN: 978-0-324-58112-6).
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Business Strategy Game Online, 2009 Edition (A. A. Thompson, Jr., G. J. Stappenbeck and M. A. Reidenbach) McGraw-Hill Irwin (
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students are expected to master the following requirements by the end of this class.

    1) Knowledge of tools and methods for strategic management in today’s organizational environment

    2)Application of knowledge of strategic factors important for management and decision making. This is accomplisehd through course assignments, written reports, and oral presentation assignments.

    3)Understanding and awareness of multiple views of strategy

    4)Knowledge of ethical issues and application of the principles of social responsibility, including an awareness of issues of globalization

    5) Excellent written and oral communication skills in practice via class assignments, the experience working in teams, and the ability to recommend solutions for strategic management problems that managers face. Teamwork is especially required in the simulation project.

    6) Students are expected to excel in a team-based simulation project that requires each team to develop different assumptions and strategies for a particular company. The teams will report on which strategy was most successful.


    3 Exams (200 points each) 600 points

    BSG Simulation 200 points

    Article Write-ups 100 points

    Presentations 100 points

    TOTAL 1000 points

    Determination of Final Course Grade:

    Course Grade Course Requirements

    A 93% or 930 points

    A- 90% or 900 points

    B+ 87% or 870 points

    B 83% or 830 points

    B- 80% or 800 points

    C+ 77% or 770 points

    C 73% or 730 points

    C- 70% or 700 points

    D 65% or 650 points


  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Course Outline

    Class 1:Introduction to Course

    Class 2:Chapter 1 – Strategic Management and Strategic Competitiveness

    Topical Presentation Example

    Assign Simulation Group Project

    Chapter 2 – The External Environment

    Chapter 3 – The Internal Organization

    Simulation Practice Decisions Due

    Simulation Online Quiz 1 Due

    Class 3:Chapter 4 – Business-Level Strategy

    Chapter 5 – Competitive Rivalry and Competitive Dynamics

    Article Presentation Example

    Simulation Decisions Due – Year 11

    Class 4:Exam I (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Simulation Decisions Due – Year 12

    Simulation Online Quiz 2 Due

    Class 5: Chapter 6 – Corporate Level Strategy

    Simulation Decisions Due – Year 13

    Class 6: Chapter 7 – Acquisition and Restructuring Strategies;Presentations:Simulation Decisions Due – Year 14

    Class 7: Chapter 8 – International Strategy: Presentations:Simulation Decisions Due – Year 15

    Class 8: Chapter 9 – Cooperative Strategy: Presentations

    Class 9: Exam II (Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Simulation Decisions Due – Year 17

    Class 10: Chapter 10 – Corporate Governance;Presentations

    Simulation Decisions Due – Year 18

    Class 11: Chapter 11 – Organizational Structure and Controls; Presentations

    Class 12: Chapter 12 – Strategic Leadership; Presentations

    Class 13: Supplemental Chapters/Readings on Strategy Implementation;Presentations; Group Written Project Due

    Class 14: Exam III (Chapters 10, 11,12 12, Supplemental Readings)

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Policies (Attendance, Preparation, and Participation):

    Successful completion of this course will require that you attend class, prepare for class, and participate during class on a consistent basis. Excessive unexcused absences, with excessive defined as more than 1 absence, will result in up to a 5% reduction of your final class average for each absence. Please turn off all cell phones before entering the classroom. Finally, text-messaging and surfing the Internet is not appropriate classroom behavior. Those wishing to use a laptop computer in class must seek my permission and I reserve the right to disallow you from using a laptop computer during class.

    Religious Holidays:

    Students who must miss class or an examination due to a religious holiday should notify the instructor during the first two weeks of class.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make-up exams WILL NOT be given without clear documentation of the circumstances that warrant being absent for an exam. If a make-up exam is given, the time, date, location, and method of testing will be at the discretion of the professor.

    Academic Dishonesty:

    See USF Procedures for Academic Dishonesty or Disruption of Academic Process at

    Because of the University’s commitment to academic integrity, plagiarism or cheating on course work or on examinations will result in penalties that may include a grade of “F” for the specific exam or course work and a grade of “F” or “FF” for the course. Any incident of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of the College. Definitions and punishment guidelines for Plagiarism, Cheating, and Student Disruption of the Academic Process may be found at the web address listed above.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MBA
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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