UOP MGT498 full course

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Week One: Strategic Overview, Ethics, and Legal Environment

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1.1 Indicate why a strategic management process is needed.

1.2 Describe the primary components of the strategic management process.

1.3 Explain the relationship of ethics, social responsibility, and corporate performance in strategic planning.

Readings

Review Ch. 1–3 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

11/21/13

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Nongraded Activities and Preparation

Final Examination Study Guide

Downloadthe Final Examination Study Guide, available on the student webpage.

Individual

Strategic Management Process Paper

Write a 350- to 500-word paper in which you complete the following:

· Describe the primary components of a strategic management process, and indicate why a strategic management process is needed for a company.

· Research at least one company and describe the strategic management process that the company uses.

Formatyour paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Prepareto discuss your findings in class

11/23/13

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Week Two: Competition Strategy Formulation

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2.1 Measure an organization’s internal and external environments using environmental scanning.

2.2 Determine relevant business competitive strategies.

2.3 Analyze how to create value and sustained competitive advantage through business strategy.

2.4 Choose measurement guidelines to verify strategy effectiveness.

Readings

Read Ch. 4–6, & 11 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

12/5/13

4

Individual

Ethics Paper

Write a 700- to 900-word paper in which you do the following:

· Explain the role of ethics and social responsibility in developing a strategic plan while considering stakeholder needs and agendas.

· Include at least one example of a company overstepping ethical boundaries for stakeholder agendas, and what types of preventative measures could be taken to avoid this type of situation.

Formatyour paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Prepare an in class presentation discussing your findings.

12/7/13

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Learning Team

Learning Team Weekly Reflection

Discuss this week’s objectives with your team. Your discussion should include the topics you feel comfortable with, any topics you struggled with, and how the weekly topics relate to application in your field.

Prepare a 350- to 1,050- word paper detailing the findings of your discussion.

12/7/13

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Week Three: Innovation, Sustainability, and the Global Market

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3.1 Estimate the sustainability of long-term business operations.

3.2 Explain how the global market affects business strategy.

3.3 Construct a long-term strategic management plan for sustaining organizational performance.

Readings

ReadCh. 7 & 8 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy.

Review Ch. 5, Section 5.1 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy.

Read Ch. 8 of Strategic Management: A Dynamic Perspective.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

12/12/13

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Individual

Environmental Scan Paper

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you complete the following:

· Research and describe the internal and external environments of 2 to 3 real-world companies using an environmental scan.

· Determine what competitive advantages each company has and what strategies each company is using.

o How does each company create value and sustain competitive advantage through business strategy?

o What measurement guidelines is each company using to verify its strategic effectiveness?

o How effective are the measurement guidelines that each company is using?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Prepare an in class presentation discussing your findings.

12/14/13

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Learning TeamLearning Team Weekly Reflection

Discuss this week’s objectives with your team. Your discussion should include the topics you feel comfortable with, any topics you struggled with, and how the weekly topics relate to application in your field.

Prepare a 350- to 1,050- word paper detailing the findings of your discussion.

12/14/13

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Week Four: Implementation

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4.1 Analyze internal organizational dynamics and the influence on business continuity.

4.2 Describe cultural, structural, leadership considerations that must be incorporated into strategy implementation.

4.3 Determine the resources needed for strategy implementation.

Readings

Read Ch. 9 & 10 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy.

Review Ch. 5, Section 5.1 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

12/19/13

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Learning Team Instructions

Continue working on writing a strategic plan for Riordan. Based on the strategies you have selected for Riordan in this week, start working on the final plan for Riordan due in Week Five.

Learning Team

Learning Team Weekly Reflection

Discuss this week’s objectives with your team. Your discussion should include the topics you feel comfortable with, any topics you struggled with, and how the weekly topics relate to application in your field.

Prepare a 350- to 1,050- word paper detailing the findings of your discussion.

12/21/13

2

Learning Team

Competitive Advantages Paper

Resources: Riordan Virtual Organization and Environmental Scan Paper

Use the Riordan Virtual Organization and research from last week’s Environmental Scan Paper for this assignment.

· Decide which competitive advantages Riordan has in common with the companies researched last week, and estimate which competitive strategies Riordan could use to improve innovation and sustainability of business operations both in the United States and in the global market.

· Explain why you chose these competitive strategies and estimate how they might affect sustainability of long-term organizational performance.

· Explain how the global market would affect the business strategy of Riordan.

Summarize your findings in a 700- to 1,050-word paper.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Prepare an in class presentation discussing your findings.

12/21/13

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Week Five: Strategic Plan Evaluation, Control, and Feedback

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5.1 Arrange the appropriate controls, performance measures, and feedback systems to use for various business scenarios.

5.2 Evaluate the application of a deliberate plan and make necessary adjustments to continuous improvement and crisis management scenarios.

Readings

Review Ch. 11 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

1/2/14

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Individual

Final Examination

Complete the Final Examination. You are allowed one attempt to complete the exam, which is timed and must be completed in 3 hours. Results are auto graded and sent to your instructor.

1/2/14

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Learning Team

Strategic Plan Paper and Presentation

Resources: Riordan Virtual Organization, Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy, andCompetitive Advantages Paper

Scenario: The board of directors for Riordan Manufacturing has asked your team to create a strategic plan for the organization.

Create a 2,500- to 3,500-word strategic plan for Riordan Manufacturing starting from what you learned in Week One and using a similar strategic management process as Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy. You may also use information from the team project you completed for Riordan Manufacturing in Week Four to create the strategic plan.

Cover thoroughly the areas of environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and evaluation and control.

Address the following questions in your strategic plan:

· Why does Riordan need a strategic plan?

· What role should ethical and social responsibility considerations have in Riordan’s strategic management plan?

· What competitive advantages does Riordan have, and which competitive strategies should Riordan utilize to improve innovation and sustainability in both domestic and international applications?

· What measurement guidelines should be used to verify strategy effectiveness?

· What internal dynamics along with cultural and structural leadership considerations should be used in implementing business strategy for Riordan?

· How do they influence business continuity?

· What assessment and feedback controls should be used to determine the direction to take Riordan? If the strategy of Riordan does not go according to plan, at what point would you consider altering the strategic plan you have suggested?

Explain and justify all of the decisions you have made for your strategic plan, using research and understanding learned from the reading material.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Presenta completed strategic plan to the board of directors for Riordan Manufacturing.

Outlineyour strategic plan for Riordan Virtual Organization in a 20- to 30-slide presentation using Microsoft® PowerPoint®. Prepare to present in class.

Describe why Riordan needs a plan, and walk the audience through every step in the strategic management process.

Includeethical considerations, environmental scanning for competitive advantages, innovation and sustainability considerations, measurement guidelines, internal dynamic and resource considerations for strategy implementation, and what feedback considerations Riordan should put into place to ensure the success of the company.

Keep your audience in mind and make your strategic plan convincing.

1/2/14

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