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Week One Strategic Overview, Ethics, and Legal Environment bull Indicate why a strategic management process is needed. bull Describe the primary components of the strategic management process. bull Explain the relationship of ethics, social responsibility, and corporate performance in strategic planning. Course Assignments 1. Readings bull Read Ch. 1ndash3 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy. bull Read this weekrsquos Electronic Reserve Readings. 2. Discussion Questions bull Will be posted in the Main Forum 3. Individual Assignment: Strategic Management Process Paper bull Write a 350- to 400-word paper in which you complete the following: o Describe the primary components of a strategic management process, and indicate why a strategic management process is needed for a company. o Research at least one company and describe the strategic management process that the company uses. (Please research a company other than your current or previous employers.) bull Format your paper according to APA standards. bull Reference the course text book as your primary source. 4. Learning Team Instructions bull Introduce yourself to your Learning Team. bull Create the Learning Team Charter. Week Two Competition Strategy Formulation bull Measure an organizationrsquos internal and external environments using environmental scanning. bull Determine relevant business competitive strategies. bull Analyze how to create value and sustained competitive advantage through business strategy. bull Choose measurement guidelines to verify strategy effectiveness. Course Assignments 1. Readings bull Read Ch. 4ndash6 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy. bull Read this weekrsquos Electronic Reserve Readings. 2. Discussion Questions bull Will be posted in the Main Forum 3. Individual Assignment: Ethics Paper bull Write a 400- to 500-word paper in which you do the following: o Explain the role of ethics and social responsibility in developing a strategic plan while considering stakeholder needs and agendas. o Include at least one example of a company overstepping ethical boundaries for stakeholder agendas, and what types of preventative measures could be taken to avoid this type of situation. (Please research a company other than your current or previous employers.) bull Format your paper according to APA standards. bull Reference the course text book as your primary source. Week Three Innovation, Sustainability, and the Global Market bull Estimate the sustainability of long-term business operations. bull Explain how the global market affects business strategy. bull Construct a long-term strategic management plan for sustaining organizational performance. Course Assignments 4. Readings bull Read Ch. 7 amp 8 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy. bull Read Ch. 8 of Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases. bull Read this weekrsquos Electronic Reserve Readings. 5. Discussion Questions bull Will be posted in the Main Forum 6. Individual Assignment: Environmental Scan Paper bull Write a 800- to 1,000-word paper in which you complete the following: o Research and describe the internal and external environments of 2 to 3 real-world companies using an environmental scan. (Please research a company other than your current or previous employers.) o Determine what competitive advantages each company has and what strategies each company is using. bull How does each company create value and sustain competitive advantage through business strategy? bull What measurement guidelines is each company using to verify its strategic effectiveness? bull How effective are the measurement guidelines that each company is using? bull Format your paper according to APA standards. bull Reference the course text book as your primary source. Week Four Implementation bull Analyze internal organizational dynamics and the influence on business continuity. bull Describe cultural, structural, leadership considerations that must be incorporated into strategy implementation. bull Determine the resources needed for strategy implementation. Course Assignments 7. Readings bull Read Ch. 9 amp 10 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy. bull Read this weekrsquos Electronic Reserve Readings. 8. Discussion Questions bull Will be posted in the Main Forum 9. Learning Team Assignment: Competitive Advantages Paper bull Resources: Riordan Virtual Organization and Environmental Scan Paper bull Use the Riordan Virtual Organization and research from last weekrsquos Environmental Scan Paper for this assignment. o Decide which competitive advantages Riordan has in common with the companies researched last week, and estimate which competitive strategies Riordan could use to improve innovation and sustainability of business operations both in the United States and in the global market. o Explain why you chose these competitive strategies and estimate how they might affect sustainability of long-term organizational performance. o Explain how the global market would affect the business strategy of Riordan. bull Summarize your findings in a 700- to 900-word paper. bull Format your paper according to APA standards. bull Reference the course text book as your primary source. 10. Learning Team Instructions: Strategic Plan Paper and Presentation bull Continue working on writing a strategic plan for Riordan. Based on the strategies you have selected for Riordan in this week, start working on the final plan for Riordan due in Week Five. Week Five Strategic Plan Evaluation, Control, and Feedback bull Arrange the appropriate controls, performance measures, and feedback systems to use for various business scenarios. bull Evaluate the application of a deliberate plan and make necessary adjustments to continuous improvement and crisis management scenarios. Course Assignments 11. Readings bull Read Ch. 11 of Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy. bull Read this weekrsquos Electronic Reserve Readings. 12. Discussion Questions (Not Required but Encouraged) bull Will be posted in the Main Forum 13. Learning Team Assignment: Strategic Plan Paper The board of directors for Riordan Manufacturing has asked your team to create a strategic plan for the organization. bull Create a 2,000- to 3,000-word strategic plan for Riordan Manufacturing starting from what you learned in Week One and using a similar strategic management process as Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy by Wheelen and Hunger. You may also use information from the team project you completed for Riordan Manufacturing in Week Four to create the strategic plan. bull Cover thoroughly the areas of environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and evaluation and control. bull Conduct a thorough environmental scan (internal and external) for Riordan. bull Identify three competitive advantages for Riordan. bull Develop a strategic plan for Riordan based on the competitive advantages your team has identified. bull Through the process of creating a strategic plan, you should Address the following questions: o Why does Riordan need a strategic plan? o What role should ethical and social responsibility considerations have in Riordanrsquos strategic management plan? o What competitive advantages does Riordan have, and which competitive strategies should Riordan utilize to improve innovation and sustainability in both domestic and international applications? o What measurement guidelines should be used to verify strategy effectiveness? o What internal dynamics along with cultural and structural leadership considerations should be used in implementing business strategy for Riordan? o How do they influence business continuity? o What assessment and feedback controls should be used to determine the direction to take Riordan? If the strategy of Riordan does not go according to plan, at what point would you consider altering the strategic plan you have suggested? bull Explain and justify all of the decisions you have made for your strategic plan, using research and understanding learned from the reading material. bull Format your paper according to APA standards. bull Reference the course text book as your primary source. 4. Learning Team Assignment: Strategic Plan Presentation bull Present a completed strategic plan to the board of directors for Riordan Manufacturing. bull Outline your strategic plan for Riordan Virtual Organization in a 20- to 30-slide presentation using Microsoftreg PowerPointreg. bull Describe why Riordan needs a plan, and walk the audience through every step in the strategic management process. bull Include ethical considerations, environmental scanning for competitive advantages, innovation and sustainability considerations, measurement guidelines, internal dynamic and resource considerations for strategy implementation, and what feedback considerations Riordan should put into place to ensure the success of the company. bull Keep your audience in mind and make your strategic plan convincing.


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