Syllabus for GSM-730

GLOBAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will explore the challenge of strategically managing complex organizations within a global environment.  It will explain the importance of historical artifacts related to the evolution of strategic management, investigate the driving forces of strategy deployment in highly competitive markets, analyze the impact of business- and corporate-level strategies in organizations quest to compete on the global landscape and examine the complexities of resource allocation within complex organizations.  Students will also be exposed to the practice of assessing, crafting and employing strategic decisions that allow an organization to realize its long-term goals, while dealing with current challenges.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyze the impact of business- and corporate-level strategies to identify threats and opportunities (through internal and external scanning) and to facilitate the design of competitive strategies that will be used to differentiate the organization from its competitors.

  1. Formulate market entry strategies by designing then using an area impact opportunity analysis and identifying merger and acquisition candidates.  

  1. Deconstruct current organizational structures, processes and programs to continuously modify and construct organizational core competencies to remain competitive.

  1. Assess the social justice impact and corporate citizenry opportunities by comparing and contrasting strategic management principles, specifically international strategies in cooperative alliances.

  1. Illustrate key functional organizational aspects critical to affecting corporate governance and structuring controls within an organization.

  1. Compose components to strategically lead organizations.
  2. Analyze cutting-edge global strategic management principles in organizations competing in the global landscape.

  1. Evaluation critical global strategic management core competencies managers will need to compete in today’s global workforce.
  2. Distinguishing between valid entrepreneurship opportunities inside and outside the organization.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

Hitt, Michael; Ireland, R. Duane and Hoskisson, Robert E. Strategic Management: Concepts: Competitiveness and Globalization Concepts,  (Wadsworth-Cengage Learning) 10th edition. Copyright: 2013

ISBN-13:978-1-133-49523-9

COURSE STRUCTURE

Strategic Management is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, attend three synchronous events and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in six (6) graded discussion forums.  Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Synchronous Events

Synchronous events will be held during week 2, 3 and 5 of the semester.  Students will dial into a teleconference number (provided by your mentor) at a set time.   Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority.  Students will prepare to discuss the topic given for that event.  

Final Paper

This course requires that you complete a final paper.  Your papers guidelines are as follows:

The final paper topic is available in the Final Paper section of the course website.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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