Fairbanks Center


Fall Term

August 21, 2006 – November 4, 2006



Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind.


COURSE NUMBER & TITLE   MGMT 5412 Strategic Management

          (Capstone Course for MA program)

          Tuesday, 6:00 to 10:00 pm

           MGMT 4330 Strategic Management


INSTRUCTOR:       Dr. Tony Strange, Ed.D, MPA

CONTACT INFORMATION   Home Phone: 488-8820 (Before 9 PM)

EMAIL:          tstrange@alaska.net

APPOINTMENTS:   Available by appointment

LOCATION:         Eielson


Course Description : An integrated course which addresses management decisions with respect to creating or maintaining market position, assimilation of all functional business areas focusing on the most significant managerial activities in support of the organization’s missions, vision, and effectiveness. Student participation in simulations and/or case studies, designed to emphasize comprehensive organizational analyses, policy and strategy development, with attention to critical management issues.


Prerequisite: Completion of ALL M.A.M. core courses.


Required Text : Hitt , Ireland , and Hoskisson, Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization , 5th edition, South-Western College Publishing, 2003 ISBN 0-324-11479-6 (required)

CLASSROOM ACTIVTIES: Four major methods will be utilized in the class to facilitate the students’ understanding the subject: 1) Lecture to keynote major findings in subject, 2) Readings to further elaborate on subject, 3) Presentations, and 4) Projects.


Course Objectives :


Students will be able to:

*   Define strategy in idealistic and operational terms

*   Understand the process of strategic management

*   Implement strategic management in case analyses and in real organizations

*   Understand the best strategic management ideas and issues

*   Name and utilize the major sources of business information

*   Identify and evaluate strategy choices and select one or more for implementation

*   List strategy selection criteria

*   Integrate and review the functional aspects of business







Attendance: Attendance is required . Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. Material will be discussed in class and included in the exams that are not in the book. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. The student must not miss any more than 25% of the class. Any more misses may result in failure of the class. In case of TDY’s the instructor should be notified as soon as possible.


Readings : Assigned readings are to be completed prior to the class session for which they are assigned.


Plagiarism Policy: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course.


Disability Policy: It is the university policy that no otherwise qualified disable person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university.


Course requirements :


  1. Regular attendance and participation in all class discussions/activities is important and strongly encouraged. Readings : Assigned readings are to be completed prior to the class session for which they are assigned

One written assignment is required. Write a paper detailing your views and philosophy of the importance of human capital in the strategic management of organizations. Support your position with business theory and research. You may draw upon resources from prior courses and from the text and resources utilized in this course. The paper should be single spaced and no longer than 10 pages in length. You are not required to follow a particular style manual; however, it is expected that your paper be clearly written with appropriately documented sources.



Grading Policy :


  Grades will be assigned based on the following percentages:


  A     100 - 90

  B     89 - 80

  C     79 - 70

  D     69 - 60

  F      < 59


Weights of required assignments/activities

Class participation       50 points

Case Studies         100 points

Group Presentations       100 points

Mid-Term         100 points

Final-Term         100 points

Final Paper         200 points




August 23       Introduction and overview

        Discuss course requirements

        Discussion Chapter 1


August 30       Discussion Chapter 2 and 3


September 6       Discussion Chapter 4 and 5   


September 13       Discussion Chapter 5 and 6             


September 20       Discussion Chapter 7 and 8


September 27       Work on Group Project



October 4       Discussion Chapter 11 and 12   


October 11       Discussion Chapter 13 and 14


October 18       Discussion Chapter 15 and 16 Group Work


October 25       Presentations and Paper Due


November 1       Final Paper