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BUS 499: Business Administration Capstone

Course Description

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)

Prerequisites

  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Apply strategic thinking to make decisions that logically consider multiple alternatives and stakeholders, weighing information from multiple perspectives.
  3. Analyze the roles and challenges facing strategic leaders.
  4. Evaluate the tools and applicability of environmental analysis to assess a company's strategic position along with industry and competitive analysis.
  5. Compare and contrast the unique challenges of strategy in domestic and global contexts.
  6. 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.
  7. Apply ethical business judgment to making socially responsible decisions.
  8. Synthesize concepts of organizational behavior and development, such as leadership, group dynamics, into recommended courses of action for organizations.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

80

30%

Group Case 1 - Sears or Skype (Week 4)

100

20%

Individual Assignment (Week 6)

100

30%

Group Case 2 - Mock Organization (Week 8)

100

20%

Total

380

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through our 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: 9781260390070 [Looseleaf version]

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-8

Topics: Business Strategy & External Environment
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: What Is Business Strategy
    • Chapter 2: Analysis of the External Environment
    • Chapters 1 & 2 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Form groups for 2 group-projects during the course. Groups are self-enrollment with a 5 member limit.

2

1-8

Topics: Environments & Advantage
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: Analysis of Internal Environments
    • Chapter 4: Cost Advantage
    • Chapters 3 & 4 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Continue work on Group Case 1

3

1-8

Topics: Differentiation Advantage & Corporate Strategy
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: Differentiation Advantage
    • Chapter 6: Corporate Strategy
    • Chapters 5 & 6 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Review Cases 5 & 6
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Continue work on Group Case 1

4

1-8

Topics: Vertical Integration & Outsourcing
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7: Vertical Integration and Outsourcing
    • Chapter 7 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Review Case 7
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Submit Group Case 1
  • Continue work on your individual paper and begin work on group case assignment 2

5

1-8

Topics: Strategic Alliances & International Strategy
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8: Strategic Alliances
    • Chapter 9: International Strategy
    • Chapters 8 & 9 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Review Cases 8 & 9
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Continue work on Group Case Assignment 2

6

1-8

Topic: Innovative Strategies & Competitive Strategy
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10: Innovative Strategies
    • Chapter 11: Competitive Strategy
    • Chapters 10 & 11 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Review Cases 10 & 11
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Submit Individual Assignment
  • Continue work on group case assignment 2

7

1-8

Topic: Implementing Strategy, Corporate Governance & Ethics
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12: Implementing Strategy
    • Chapter 13: Corporate Governance and Ethics
    • Chapters 12 & 13 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Review Cases 12 & 13
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Continue to work on group case assignment 2

8

1-8

Topics: Strategic Tools & Social Values
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14: Strategic Tools and Social Values
    • Chapter 14 supplemental files (located in course)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture Powerpoint
  • Review Case 14
  • Participate in the Discussions (2)
  • Submit Group Case 2
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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