This course is a senior capstone seminar for business majors. The goal of the course is to apply and synthesize all previous course learning to manage organizations strategically. This capstone course will address the causes of an organization’s success or failure. The course will require students to examine all business functions of an organization and harmonize prior learning from other program courses. Students will apply this learning to real-world cases and by create a mock organization. Students in this course apply core concepts of business techniques to address key challenges facing businesses and to propose plausible solutions involving multiple business functional areas. (3 credits)
- ACC 101: Financial Accounting
- ACC 102: Managerial Accounting
- BUS 120: Business Law
- FIN 210: Financial Management
- ITE 101: Management Information Systems
- MGT 101: Principles of Management
- MGT 315: Organizational Behavior
- MKT 220: Principles of Marketing
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Synthesize the knowledge from the core curriculum, including finance, accounting, marketing, law, principles of management, MIS, and organizational behavior into a comprehensive strategy requiring a total enterprise perspective into strategic decision making.
- Apply strategic thinking to make decisions that logically consider multiple alternatives and stakeholders, weighing information from multiple perspectives.
- Analyze the roles and challenges facing strategic leaders.
- Evaluate the tools and applicability of environmental analysis to assess a company's strategic position along with industry and competitive analysis.
- Compare and contrast the unique challenges of strategy in domestic and global contexts.
- Develop skills of formulating and implementing strategic plans to analyze the complexities of real business decisions by studying a number of different firms and industry contexts.
- Apply ethical business judgment to making socially responsible decisions.
- Synthesize concepts of organizational behavior and development, such as leadership, group dynamics, into recommended courses of action for organizations.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Group Case 1 - Sears or Skype (Week 4)
Individual Assignment (Week 6)
Group Case 2 - Mock Organization (Week 8)
Required TextbooksAvailable through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
- Dyer, Jeff, Paul Godfrey, Robert Jensen, David Bryce. Strategic Management; Concepts and Cases - with Access. 2nd. ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1-119-45551-6 [Looseleaf version]
- The student companion website for the textbook: http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=index&itemId=0470937386&bcsId=9401
Readings and Exercises
|Topics: Business Strategy & External Environment|
|Topics: Environments & Advantage|
|Topics: Differentiation Advantage & Corporate Strategy|
|Topics: Vertical Integration & Outsourcing|
|Topics: Strategic Alliances & International Strategy|
|Topic: Innovative Strategies & Competitive Strategy|
|Topic: Implementing Strategy, Corporate Governance & Ethics|
|Topics: Strategic Tools & Social Values|
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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