January 11 - March 6, 2010 (09/53 January 2010 Session)
Online Course Syllabus
BUSI 595 Strategic Management
Culminating experience/capstone course for the Master’s of Business Administration. Requires
application of all previous learned educational experiences in accounting, economics, finance,
management, and marketing. Extensive use of case analysis and strategic report writing is used to
integrate all previous course materials in the analysis and resolution of complex business strategic
planning problems. A final grade of "B" or better must be achieved to satisfy graduation requirements.
Prerequisites: Prior completion of at least 30 hours in the MBA program.
I. Overview and Introduction to the Course:
Welcome to MBA Strategic Management (BUSI 595) course online! This course is the culminating course
for all MBA students. This time intensive course that will provide students, in a small group setting, with
the opportunities to apply the skills and techniques they have learned during their first eleven courses
and professional careers. The class members will be assigned to a three-four person strategic planning
team and will be required to:
Assess the external and internal environments of a major U.S. corporation,
Assess the overall industry condition,
Formulate tentative future strategic plans,
Implement those strategic plans,
Measure the quantitative and qualitative impacts on the corporation,
And determine how the success or failure of the plans will be tracked.
Each week we will focus on different aspects of strategic planning, decision-making, and management
from various aspects of the:
1. External environment (Opportunities and Threats),
2. Internal environments and resources (Strengths and Weaknesses),
3. Determining if core and distinctive competencies exist along with a Strategic Window and
4. Determining which overall strategy of either cost or differentiation should be utilized,
5. Selecting a specific strategy of directional, portfolio, or parenting should be used,
6. Determining a specific timeline for implementing the chosen strategy with targeted
budgets and specific measurements of performance,
7. Projected accounting records to guide future planning and assessment, and
8. Determining the impact on the company if the chosen strategy fails
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have a framework from which you will be able to
apply the strategic planning or management model to any future strategic planning situation that you
encounter. The individual numbers that each group generate during this course are not as important as
learning the overall steps in the strategic planning, decision-making, management process.
During Week 1: Introduction to strategic management or planning by defining strategic competitiveness
and the basic concepts of strategic management. We will also discuss the required strategic case
analysis assignment in depth.
During Week 2: External societal and task environments that will impact on businesses and industries
and that must be monitored on a consistent basis. Chapter materials on organizational opportunities,
threats, environmental volatility, and competitor analyses and the impacts that external factors can
have on today’s business organizations. Each strategic planning group will prepare and submit an
External Factor Analysis Sheet (EFAS) to the dropbox.
During Week 3: The internal organizational factors that impact on the creation of competitive
advantage, core and distinctive competencies will be identified by identifying organizational strengths
and weaknesses. Each strategic team will prepare and submit an Internal Factors Analysis Sheet (IFAS)
to the dropbox.
During Week 4: Identify the different types of overall organizational strategies by the formulation of
organizational strategy implementation through the preparation of a Strategic Factor Analysis Sheet
(SFAS) and a TOWS matrix and a statement of their specific strategy Each strategic team will prepare
and submit to the dropbox a:
The specific strategy each team will implement for their case analysis.
During Week 5: The formulation of functional strategies that should be considered when implementing
overall organizational strategic plans. We will also discuss strategies that should be avoided. Each class
member will be required to complete an exam that will cover Chapters 1, 4-7.
During Week 6: Implementation of strategy through the use of specific timelines, identification of
objectives, functional and tactical procedures, timelines, and budgets. Each of the strategic teams will
be required to prepare and submit to the dropbox a specific timeline for their chosen strategy.
During Week 7: The methods of evaluation and control of strategic implementation. We will discuss
the types of control and how to prepare an ongoing “target measurement and outcomes” chart to
measure success or failure of strategic implantation. Each strategic team will be required to submit an
appropriate “projected measurement timeline chart” to the dropbox.
During Week 8: Each strategic planning team will be required to submit, to the dropbox, a final version
of their strategic planning project on or before the assigned due date.
II. Course Objectives and Measurable Learning Outcomes:
To develop the ability to think strategically about a business organization, its business position, and
how it can gain sustainable competitive advantage.
To build skills in conducting strategic analysis in a variety of competitive situations and provide a
strong understanding of the competitive challenges of the global marketplace.
To gain experience in developing business strategy, reasoning carefully about strategic options, using
what-if analysis to evaluate action alternatives and making strategic decisions.
To improve the ability to manage the organizational processes by which strategies are formed and
To integrate the knowledge gained in earlier MBA courses.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Identify the factors that impact on strategic decision-making, implementation, and evaluation.
Conduct an organizational resource-based situational analysis.
Conduct comprehensive environmental scanning and to assess the volatility of industry position.
Develop comprehensive business strategies by identifying strategic options.
Demonstrate the ability to use “what-if” scenario analysis to evaluate action alternatives, make
strategic decisions, and choose strategic options.
Evaluate corporate competitive position and develop an understanding of the global marketplace
and its impact on strategic analysis.
Evaluate strategic decisions, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and outcomes.
Demonstrate the ability to make effective, professional, executive style written presentations.
III. Course Policies
To view a demonstration course for details about taking an on-line course, please go to the following
A great resource for students in the online classroom is the student manual. The student manual can be
accessed by going to the following address: http://www.ccis.edu/online/studentmanual/
The instructor reserves the right to manage a positive learning environment and thus will not tolerate
inappropriate conduct in the course. All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or
on-line course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Code of
Student Conduct and Ethics Code for Computer Users. Students violating these codes will be referred to
the Campus Life Office for possible disciplinary action. The Code for Student Conduct and the Ethics
Code for Computer Users can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook, a copy of which can
be obtained by calling the Campus Life office at 573-875-7425.
There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status. Students
with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register
with the Coordinator for Disability Services. Until the student has been cleared through the disability
services office, accommodations do not have to be granted. It is vital if you are a student who has a
documented disability to read the entire syllabus before signing up for the course. The structure or the
content of the course can make an accommodation not feasible. The policies and related syllabus
matters remain subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. Students with
documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with
the ADA coordinator of Columbia College at 573-875-7626. Read the entire syllabus before continuing
This course is offered online by Columbia College. Students are expected to devote an extended
amount of time working on the course, using Internet resources, other student input, and class
participation via Discussion. Participation online is expected to be continuous throughout the course.
Failure to turn in assignments by the date due, or timely participation in online discussions may result in
the student failing the course. Emergencies should be documented and communicated to the instructor
as soon as possible. Students are expected to read the required textbook in conformance with the
Course Schedule each week and to participate in the Discussion and submit Assignments to the Dropbox
in conformance with the Course Schedule. See "Ground Rules for Online Participation" for additional
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday midnight CDT. The first week
begins the first day of the session and ends at midnight the following Saturday except for Week 8 when
the week and the course will end Friday at midnight. In this course, all assignments (Discussion
postings and Assignments submitted to the Dropbox) are due by midnight Saturday. Your work must
be submitted to the Dropbox using Microsoft WORD only.
NOTE: Because this is an online course designed to get feedback on Assignments to you directly via
Internet, you must make prior arrangements before submitting an Assignment using fax or the postal
service. If you have problems transmitting your assignments contact the Columbia College HelpDesk at
CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu or telephone 1-800-231-2391 extension 4357. Or, you may email
firstname.lastname@example.org or use the toll free telephone at 877-325-7778. The staff at the help desk
tracks all calls and emails that they receive and have been very prompt and courteous in their
response. If you do not receive the “help” needed to enable transmission of Discussion comments or
the Assignment, please contact me by email at email@example.com.
Ground Rules for Online Participation
Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The
discussion is for public messages.
Students are expected to actively participate by completing weekly reading and Assignments
submitted to the Dropbox, posting thoughtful comments to the Discussion, or other online
activities, including sending/receiving email and navigating and conducting research on the
All students will participate in online discussion via Discussion. Conventions of “online etiquette,”
which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.
Students may get assistance with computer-related problems by contacting the Helpdesk at
CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu or telephone 1-800-231-2391 (ext. 4357).
Students must submit written Assignments to the Dropbox using Microsoft WORD.
Assignments may be submitted via the postal service or fax only if arrangements are made by the
instructor beforehand, and only if extenuating circumstances exist.
All Columbia College policies are in effect as described in the Academic Dishonesty/Misconduct section
of the current college Catalog. All of your work must be your own unless collaboration has been
authorized. If collaboration is authorized you must acknowledge the collaboration in writing. Your
grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these
ideas. Presenting as one's own the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form is cheating though
plagiarism. If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism, review the rules of original writing at the
following web site: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ This site provides valuable information, including
examples about plagiarism. To review some plagiarism tools available to students, take a look at
http://www.schoolsucks.com and http://www.termpapersites.com. The content of these plagiarism
sites would, if you were lucky, get you a "D" in this course if you were not caught. It is substandard work
indeed, but you will most likely be caught if you try to cheat, due to the plagiarism prevention tools
available to instructors. Here are three sites that may be of interest: http://www.indiana.edu/~istd,
http://www.plagiarism.com, and http://www.turnitin.com. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and the
claim of ignorance is no excuse. Those found plagiarizing may fail the course. Collaboration with other
students is not permitted without explicit permission from the instructor. Without prior permission,
collaboration is a form of plagiarism. Roommates and spouses taking the same course should be
Levels of Communication
A minimum of two levels of communication will be used in this course: one formal, and the other
informal. All Assignments submitted to the Dropbox will be formal. The formal rules of proper English
and grammar apply for Dropbox Assignments, and points will be deducted for misspellings, incomplete
sentences, poor sentence structure, etc. The following rubric will be used to grade weekly assignments
submitted to the dropbox:
A response that quotes material from the textbook is a knowledge-based response, is
satisfactory (70-79%) or grade of "C") and would include a citation indicating that it is Wheelen &
Hunger work (e.g., Wheelen & Hunger, p.75).
To earn more points, a superior response (80-89% or grade of "B") would show comprehension
(showing knowledge of Wheelen & Hunger 's work but paraphrased in the student’s own words
and cites Wheelen & Hunger as the originator of the information) and might cite other resources
and would include example(s) from personal and professional experience as further evidence of
To earn more points, an excellent response (90-100% or a grade of "A"), would include the
content of a satisfactory response (knowledge) and a superior response (comprehension) and
would go beyond to include critical analysis and evaluative statements to show understanding of
Discussion postings will be informal. All the rules of good writing should apply and spellchecker should
be used to “proof” your work. The criterion has been met in Discussion postings if your messages are
original and intelligible. You must communicate effectively. In addition, you must post to the Discussion
each week to earn points toward your final grade for the course. Please read the Late Assignment
Policy and the Criteria for Online Discussion Postings which appear below.
The grading scale for the course is as follows:
A = 90-100% 761-845 total pts. = A
B = 80-89% 676-760 total pts. = B
C = 70-79% 592-675 total pts. = C
The same grading scale will be used for assessment of all Discussion postings and Assignments
submitted to the Dropbox. Each student is responsible for:
Completion of readings from the required text according to the course schedule.
Participation by posting cogent comments to the weekly Discussion.
Completion of thoughtful weekly assignments to the dropbox.
Completion of the textbook chapter exam.
Each Strategic Team is responsible for:
Posting of weekly assignments to the Dropbox.
Working in a cooperative manner with their strategic team members
Posting a final strategic case report and a proposed visual aid presentation of their final project
to the Dropbox on or before the assigned due date..
Late Assignment Policy
Weekly Assignments submitted to the Dropbox after midnight Saturday CDT will receive a zero grade.
As graduate students studying in the area of business certain behaviors are expected of the discipline. I
believe everyone will find this policy to assist in satisfactory progression as a group in the course. As all
assignments are known in advance (indicated on the course syllabus) with ample lead times there
should not be any reason for submitting work beyond the due date. Accordingly, late work will not be
accepted under any circumstances.
Discussion postings will not be accepted after midnight Saturday CDT and may not be made up. In order
to conduct a timely online discussion it is important that students contribute postings to the Discussion
in a timely manner. If you miss the opportunity to post your response by the midnight CDT Saturday
deadline, you will earn zero points for the week. A single posting to the Discussion will meet the
“minimum” requirement and keep you from earning zero for the week. Discussion points are earned
from substantial participation with meaningful comments that show evidence of your understanding of
the reading assignment from the textbook for the course. Postings such as, “good idea,” or, “I agree
with you,” are good to support your fellow students, but are insufficient to earn points toward your
weekly grade for the Discussion. Please read the Criteria for Online Discussion Postings for additional
Columbia College's library databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/resources.asp.
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have your CougarMail forwarded to another email account by going to eServices on the CC homepage
Each student is required to successfully complete the following:
Each member of the class will be assigned to a team consisting of 3-4 members for the written Strategic
Planning Project Assignment. The grading for this assignment will be based upon the sample final
project grade sheet attached to this syllabus. In addition, each strategic team will be required to submit
a power point presentation which must include any and all slides the strategic teams feel would be
necessary to make a professionally effective and informative 60 minute presentation to a Board of
Directors and top executives.
Written Final Report: 300 points
PowerPoint Slide Presentation: 100 points
Peer Evaluation: 50 points
Each strategic planning group must also submit the following interim documents (20 pts each):
A Specific Strategic Plan for One Five-Year Strategy
Specific Timeline Chart for Implementation
Specific Target Measurements for Success or Failure
Chapter Examination (150 pts):
Each student will complete a timed, online Week 5 chapter examination. The exam will be
provided during Week 5 and must be completed no later than midnight Saturday, Week 5. It will
be a multiple choice exam based upon the readings of Chapters 1, 4-7.
Online Discussion: (7 assignments @ 15 pts each/105 total points)
Other requirements for successful completion of the course:
Complete weekly reading assignments and submissions as assigned by the instructor.
Build a strong team environment so that all team members’ decisions and inputs are valued by
the Strategic Planning Team (evidenced by a peer evaluation, please see attachment)
Utilize the readings, notes, and on-line resources to augment the written papers, discussion,
examination, final written project, and slide presentation.
WEEK ASSIGNMENT POINTS DUE DATE
Week 1 Online Discussion 15 points Saturday midnight CDT
Week 2 Online Discussion 15 points Saturday midnight CDT
Dropbox Assignment: EFAS Chart 20 points Saturday midnight CDT
Week 3 Online Discussion 15 points Saturday midnight CDT
Dropbox Assignment: IFAS Chart 20 points Saturday midnight CDT
Week 4 Online Discussion 15 points Saturday midnight CDT
Dropbox Assignment: SFAS Chart 20 points Saturday midnight CDT
Dropbox Assignment: TOWS Matrix 20 points Saturday midnight CDT
Specific Implementation Strategy 20 points Saturday midnight CDT
Week 5 Online Discussion 15 points Saturday midnight CDT
Exam Chapters 1, 4-7 150 points Timed Multiple Choice Exam
Week 6 Online Discussion 15 points Saturday midnight CDT
Implementation Timeline for Strategy 20 points Saturday midnight CDT
Week 7 Online Discussion 15 points Saturday midnight CDT
Measurement Timeline Chart 20 points Saturday midnight CDT
Week 8 Final Strategic Planning Project 300 points Saturday, March 6 midnight CDT
PowerPoint Presentation 100 points Saturday, March 6 midnight CDT
Peer Team Evaluation 50 points Saturday, March 6 midnight CDT
GRADE CRITERIA FOR ONLINE DISCUSSION POSTINGS
Several online postings. Posts are directly related to the topic, show evidence of knowledge of
textbook, and other resources (e.g., Internet, or other professional publications), and postings
are on time. Personal opinions are supported by references to the textbook or other
resources. Constructive and substantive responses to other student postings are made.
B= Minimum of three postings. Posts are directly related to the topic, show evidence of
12-13 knowledge of textbook. Student is engaged with others in exchange of substantive
pts. information about the Discussion, and postings are on time.
C= One posting which responds to the Discussion, shows evidence of knowledge of textbook, and
11 pts. posting is on time. Engagement includes affirmation of other points of view.
9-10 Posting is late, or on time, but does not reflect a studied opinion.
V. Required Text
Strategic Management and Business Policy: 12th Ed., Thomas L. Wheelen and J. David Hunger, Prentice
Hall Publishing, Upper Saddle River, NJ, ISBN 0-13-609739-6, 2009.
You may order textbooks online at http://direct.mbsbooks.com/columbia.htm, or by fax at 800 499
0143, or by telephone at 800.325.3252. For additional information on the MBS bookstore go to:
http://www.mbsbooks.com/direct. Students interested in selling their textbooks back to MBS should call
800.325.3252 and ask about the buy back program, or go to http://www.mbsdirect.net/ and find the
“Sell Your Books” link to online buy back. Students: Please note that the use of an eBook carries certain
risks: information may be missing due to copyright restrictions, the book cannot be resold to MBS, and
an eBook purchase cannot be refunded.
VI. Course Schedule
Week 1: Chapter 1: Intro to Strategic Management and Business Policy
Readings: Please read the Course Syllabus and Chapter 1 of Wheelen & Hunger’s textbook. After
reading Chapter 1 (Basic Concepts in Strategic Management), you will be prepared to participate
in the Discussion and complete the Assignment for submission to the Dropbox.
Class Activities: Go to the course Home Page, and click on Discussion. Read the information
about “Your Introduction,” then post your introductory comments. Your introduction might
include who you are, your family, where you work, how many courses you have taken, your
career interests, and your future goals. I will post information about myself that you may use as
an example. Please take a minute to post comments about yourself to introduce yourself to
others in the course.
Online Discussion Topic: The Discussion Topic gives you the opportunity to exchange studied
opinions about the basic factors affecting strategic management. Go to the course Home Page,
and click on Discussion. Please read the information under “Week One Discussion Topic,” which
provides direction on how to access the scenario which is the basis for the Discussion. After
reading the scenario, return to Discussion, and post your comments to “Week One Discussion.”
Read other postings by fellow students and respond to their comments to earn a higher grade for
the week. As noted earlier, participation in the week’s Discussion, and all Discussion thereafter,
have a potential value of 15 points. The deadline for posting to the Discussion this week, and
thereafter, is midnight CDT Saturday. Topic Assignment: “The role that organizational mission
and vision statements have in determining future strategic plans.”
Week 2: Chapter 4: Environmental Scanning and Industry Analysis
Readings: Please read Chapters 4 of Wheelen & Hunger’s textbook. After reading the material
on external environmental scanning, you will be prepared to participate in the Discussion and
complete the Assignment for submission to the Dropbox.
Online Discussion Topic: This week's Discussion asks for your response to a scenario dealing with
external environmental scanning. Posting: “The impact of baby boomers on business
organizations today and in the future.” The discussion is due by midnight CDT Saturday.
Assignment to Dropbox: Each strategic team will post an EFAS chart by midnight CDT Saturday.
Week 3: Chapter 5: Internal Scanning/Organizational Analysis
Readings: Please read Chapter 5 in the text. After reading chapter 5 you will be prepared to
participate in the Discussion for the week and complete the Dropbox Assignment.
Online Discussion Topic: The “Discussion Topic” for the week is;
What is the relevance of the resource-based view to strategic management?
Assignment: Each strategic planning team must submit an IFAS Chart as shown in text. The
assignment is due by midnight CDT Saturday.
Week 4: Chapter 6: Strategy Formulation: Situation Analysis/Business Strategy and
Chapter 7: Strategy Formulation: Corporate Strategy
Readings: Please read Chapters 6-7 in the textbook.
Online Discussion Topic: Please read the information in the Discussion area for Week 4
Discussion Topic and post your comments about your analysis and evaluation of the “Is it
possible for a company or business unit to follow a cost leadership strategy and a
differentiation strategy simultaneously?” to the Discussion.
Assignment: Each strategic planning team will prepare and submit to the dropbox, by midnight
CDT Saturday, a:
SFAS Chart as shown in the text;
TOWS Matrix as shown in the text.
Specific statement of the strategy your group will develop
Week 5: Chapter 8: Formulation: Functional Strategy/Strategic Choice
Readings: Please read Chapter 8 in the textbook.
Online Discussion Topic: Are functional strategies interdependent, or can they be formulated
independently of other functions? This discussion post is due is by midnight on Saturday, CDT.
Each student is required to complete the posted timed exam over Chapters 1, 4-7.
Week 6: Chapter 9: Strategy Implementation/Organizing for Action
Readings: Read Chapter 9 in the textbook.
Online Discussion Topic:
This week’s Discussion: “How should a corporation attempt to achieve synergy among
functional areas and strategic business units?” The discussion post is due by midnight on
Strategic Team Assignment: Prepare and submit, to the dropbox, an implementation timeline
for your chosen strategy over the next five years. Due is by midnight on Saturday, CDT.
Week 7: Chapter 11: Evaluation and Control
Readings: Please read Chapter 11 in the Wheelen & Hunger textbook.
Online Discussion Topic:
“Examples of behavior controls, input controls, and output controls within your current
organization or job assignment.” Please identify each answer section by a subheading.
Dropbox Assignment: Each strategic planning team is to submit a Chart showing projected
performance measurement targets and evaluation measures for their chosen strategy. This
Assignment is due by midnight Saturday, CDT.
The final written strategic planning project and PowerPoint presentation is due from
each strategic planning team by Saturday, March 6, 2010 at midnight, CDT.
Hope you will take a minute to evaluate the course. You may access the course evaluation by
going to eServices, clicking on the Course Evaluation link which is under the Academics heading.
The evaluation site will be open until Wednesday of Week 8 at 5 pm CDT. Thanks!
VII. Instructor Contact Information
Dr. Alan Tillquist, can be contacted at (304) 767-1478 or via email to email@example.com.
If you phone and I do not answer please leave your name, course name, and phone number and I’ll
return your call.
BUSI 595 Strategic Management Team Case Report
Due by Midnight on Saturday, March 6, 2010
The written case analysis is worth 300 points and must be submitted to the drop box. No written case
analysis will be accepted after December 12, 2009.
The file of the written case reports must be single-spaced and contain appropriate major and secondary
headings. Some sections of the report, if appropriate, may be in a bulleted or listing format. The
appendix section must be computer written, tabbed, and listed in the table of contents with specific
page references. If you have questions concerning format, please email the instructor. The case reports
will be graded based on content (the depth and scope of the team analysis, use of charts, graphs, etc.)
and form (correct spelling, grammar, etc.) Papers which include poor grammar, spelling, format or
otherwise poor written communication skills will be assigned a grade one-letter lower than would
otherwise be assigned. It is especially important that your teams use resources from the library,
Internet, or other resources you deem appropriate and necessary. You will be expected to utilize the
“most current” information available about your organizations when preparing your written analysis.
Report Preparation Guidelines
The purpose of this assignment is to allow you to use your skills as a strategic manager. In essence, you
have been asked to prepare a report for other top managers in your company that will evaluate the
strategic position and future of your company. Upon completion of your analysis, you have been asked
to submit a written report of the findings and recommendations of the strategic analysis and plan. This
report must include a Table of Contents page (with leader marks) and must be prepared in an exemplary
manner. Your strategic group must also furnish the instructor with an electronic file that contains a
PowerPoint presentation that you would use if the group was making an oral presentation to the board
of directors and other top managers.
Each strategic planning group is to identify one (1) overall strategy that you propose the
company implement over the next five years.
It is important to study the case material carefully and to use other sources that can be found in
the library, Internet, or obtained directly from your company. In the event that some of the
information is not available to answer the following questions or subsections, you must then make
“reasonable and appropriate assumptions” to form the basis for your responses.
Written Strategic Case Report MUST include the following:
An “Executive Summary” in which your team identifies the following:.
Assessment of current strategies and environmental volatility analysis
Recommended a projected strategic plan for the next 1-5 years with suggested timelines.
Projected quantitative and qualitative outcomes and financial implications.
Estimated strategic impact on corporate resources and competencies.
Implementation highlights (targets) of proposed strategies.
Impacts if proposed strategies fail.
Your Written Strategic Case Analysis Report Must Contain the Following Major Sections
1. Mission and Vision:
What is the mission statement of your company? (If you are unable to identify a mission
statement, indicate that no current mission exists and then write one and provide the
rationale for what you have written.)
What is the vision statement for your company? (If you are unable to identify a vision
statement your team will need to write one and provide the rationale for what you have
How do you suggest the mission and vision be communicated to your stakeholders?
2. Environmental Volatility Analysis & Current Competitive Position:
Assess the environmental volatility of your company/industry. (Identify the major factors
within your external industry environment that will impact on your company over the life of
your proposed strategies)
Environmental impact on your company. (This analysis would include a trend analysis of the
industry and your specific corporate stock performance over the past 18 months including
those of your two strongest competitors.)
How are these current strategies working? (How is your company performing: prepare key
financial trend analyze for the past 3 years and those of your two strongest competitors to
determine how your company is performing.)
3. Targets for Strategic Improvement or Development:
What specific areas of corporate performance does your strategic team suggest be targeted
for improvement or development in addition to your identified strategy?
Are there “new products, services, or markets, etc.” that the company should try to exploit?
What rationale can be used to justify these targets? (Why does your strategic team
specifically believe these targets should be dealt with through strategic development?)
4. Projected Strategies:
What strategy do you recommend for the future? (Tie this back to the TOWS analysis for the
next 1-5 years of projected business activity.)
Specific Implementation Plans and Timelines:
What specific objectives and tactics does your group recommend the company adopt to
implement the strategy you recommended?
Identify implementation timelines, including target measurements, for the next 1 year for
your proposed strategy.
Projected “Costs” of Strategic Implementation:
What specific current resources will be impacted? Will additional new resources be
At what cost?
If your strategy requires external financing…How much and under what terms (including
how you will repay and what will it cost to service the debt amount.)
Functional Areas Impacted:
Under your proposed strategy…What internal functional areas will be impacted and how?
The following areas of consideration are for suggestion only….they aren’t required to be
included in your team’s analysis unless they are directly impacted by your projected strategies
and/or tactics. If they are directly impacted, then they are expected to be treated in the final
Finance? Managerial Leadership?
Marketing? Organizational Structure?
Management? Human Resource Management?
Production? Information Systems?
Procurement? Organizational/Corporate Culture?
R&D? Other Areas Deemed Necessary?
Projected Outcomes of Proposed Strategy:
Projected quantitative and qualitative outcomes of new strategy.
Prepare projected pro forma financial statements for the next 1-5 years….this would include
specific income and balance sheet for the proposed strategy and a combined pro forma
statement for the combination proposed strategy and existing strategies.
How will Progress be Monitored and Evaluated?
What specific steps or procedures should be implemented to assure management that
comprehensive evaluative methods will be used to ensure tracking of performance?
Who or what specific “operational unit/functional area/person(s)” will be responsible for
monitoring, evaluation, and reporting?
What specific “interim target measures” should be used to gage success/failure based upon
your suggested implementation timelines?
5. Corporate Impact or Outcomes if Proposed Strategy Fail:
How will the company be impacted if your proposed strategy isn’t successful?
What and how will internal functional areas/resources will be impacted?
Discuss the quantitative and qualitative impact of the failed strategies.
Your strategic team must include whatever material you deem necessary as appendix
items. (They must be directly related to or in support of your strategic case analysis or
referenced in the report.)
The following 3 sections must be included (but not limited to) in the appendices:
IFAS, EFAS, SFAS chart, TOWS Matrix.
Core and Distinctive competencies.
External forces such as Porter’s Six-Force Model that impact or influence future
corporate performance. (Include an analysis of only those forces that will impact.)
Examples of Appropriate Appendix Tabs:
General Guidelines for the Written Report:
First person, remember you’re reporting to a group of fellow corporate managers
Font: 12 pt. pitch and either Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font.
Margins: 1 inch left/right and top/bottom margins (left may vary depending on binding)
Spacing: Single space the body of the report.
Triple space (2 blank) after the last line of a paragraph and the start of a new
Double space (1 blank) between paragraphs
Triple space (2 blank) between major headings and the first line of the new section
Double space (1 blank) before and after secondary headings
Major Headings: Bolded, underlined 14 pt type & left justified
Secondary Headings: Bolded, underlined 12 pt type & left justified
A minimum of three lines of copy at the bottom and top of pages
Pagination: Upper or lower right corner or center bottom, including landscaped pages
Bound Executive Summary: Use roman numerals
Include page numbers on all appendices pages
Label Tabs: Inserted Title Page or Tab Page that is Computer Generated
Each major section of the report must be identified by an inserted title/tab
Each appendices section must also be identified by an inserted title/tab
If any teams are unfamiliar with standard formatting procedures…they are to discuss these standards
directly with the instructor.
Strategic Case Peer Evaluation
You have an opportunity to evaluate the contributions and dedication of your fellow team members.
You are to “honestly” evaluate the contributions and dedication of the other team members. This
evaluation will be confidential….Only I will see your assessment…so please give me your true feelings
and evaluation!!! Peers can receive a maximum of 50 points.
Also You Must Evaluate Yourself!!!
Person Being Evaluated: ___________________________________________________
5 pts: Excellent
4 pts: Above Average
3 pts: Average
2 pts: Below Average
1 pt: Wasn’t Much Help…Marginal
0 pts: There….But Just Didn’t Seem to Have a Clue
-1 pt: Ghost-Like/Floated In and Out of Our Scheduled Meetings
-2 pts: You’ve Got to be Kidding
Was helpful in the discussion of how the work would be distributed. _______
Logged on to group meetings on time and was ready to work. _______
Actively participated in group discussions about how to complete
the assignment in a timely manner. _______
Was cooperative and worked for the good of the group and was
willing to help out whenever and wherever needed. _______
Completed assignments on time and according to plan. _______
Helped to determine overall direction and analysis techniques _______
Willingness to do more than assigned tasks. _______
Overall contribution to the team. _______
Quality/quantity of work submitted was accepted and used _______
Demonstrated eagerness to accomplish group goals _______
Total Points Assessed for This Team Member (50 Pt. Maximum): ________
WRITTEN STRATEGIC CASE REPORT
1. Organization and Presentation of Report (20 Points Possible)
Spelling and Grammar
Organization and Format of Report
Appropriate Tabs for All Major Report Sections
Support Documentation __________
2. Mission and Vision Statements (10 Points Possible) _________
Considered Current Mission & Vision Statements of Company
How to Communicate Mission & Vision to Current Insiders and Stakeholders
3. Environmental Analysis/Competitive Position (20 Points Possible _________
Identified major factors that will influence the company/industry over the next 1-5 years
Identified impact on stock performance and two strongest competitors over the past 18
Dealt with Current Performance issues
Key financial trends for self and two strongest competitors during the past 18 months
Assessment of Current Competitive Position
4. Targets for Strategic Improvement or Development (20 Points Possible)
Identified Specific Corporate Performance Areas that Should be Targeted
Identified What New Products, Services, or Markets that Should be Targeted
Identified Rationale to Justify Strategic Targets __________
5. Projected Strategies (10 Points Possible)
Dealt with Appropriate Short-Term (1-3 Years) Strategic Proposals/Plans
Dealt with Appropriate Long-Range (3-5 Years) Strategic Proposals/Plans __________
6. Implementation Plans (Objectives, Tactics &Timelines (55 Points Possible)
Identified Appropriate Timelines for Next 1-3 & 3-5 Years
Identified Appropriate Objectives/Tactics to Implement Plans in the following areas:
7. Projected Costs of Strategic Implementation (40 Points Possible) ________
Identified Specific Current Resources to be Impacted
Identified Additional New Resources that will be Required
Identified Cost of New Resources Required to Implement Proposed Strategies
Discussed the Impact on Functional Areas (If Appropriate)
8. Projected Quantitative and/or Qualitative Outcomes (50 Points Possible)
Projected Quantitative Outcomes of New Strategies
Projected Qualitative Outcomes of New Strategies
Prepared Pro Forma Statements for the Next 1-3 & 3-5 Years
Identified Impact on Corporate Functional Areas (If Appropriate) ________
9. Evaluation/How Progress will be Monitored (30 Points Possible) ________
Methods of Tracking Performance
Specific Targets of Accomplishment or Measurement
Specific Identification of Responsibility Person(s) or Areas
10. Corporate Impact/Outcomes if Strategies Fail (35 Points Possible)
How the company was impacted if strategies failed.
How internal functional areas/resources were impacted.
Discussed the quantitative and qualitative outcomes of the failed strategies. _________
11. Appendix (10 Points Possible)
Included Appropriate Appendix Sections to Support Written Report
Included Appropriate Tabs and Identification in Table of Contents _________
Total Score Received for Written Case Analysis (300 Points Possible) __________