WEEK 1 8/26 Monday INTRODUCTION Overview of the course Chapter 1: Strategic Management 8/28 Wednesday Chapter 2: Analyzing the External Environment Chapter 11 and 12: Effective Strategic Leadership WEEK 2 9/02 NO CLASS-LABOR DAY 9/04 Wednesday Case Write-up 1 DUE: Giuseppe’s Original Sausage Co. (C-74), Cases in Strategic Management Questions: 1) What is Giuseppe Sausage Company’s strategy? 2) What are the company’s strengths and weaknesses? 3) What problems do you see at this company? 4) What must Giuseppe’s do to be successful in the specialty sausage industry? WEEK 3 9/09 Monday Chapter 3: Assessing the Internal Environment Chapter 4: Firm’s Intellectual Assets 9/11 Wednesday Case Write-up 2 DUE: Peapod, Inc. and the Online Grocery Business (C-174), Cases in Strategic Management Questions: 1) What is competition like in the online grocery business? Do a five-forces analysis to support your conclusion. 2) Draw a strategic group map of the online grocery industry. (use range of product selection on the Y-axis and extent of geographic coverage on the Xaxis) Is Peapod well positioned? 3) What does a SWOT analysis reveal about Peapod’s situation? Is the company in an attractive position? Why or why not? 4) Based on you analysis of the industry and Peapod’s situation, what problems and issues does Peapod’s top management need to address? WEEK 4 9/16 Monday Chapter 5: Business Level Strategy 9/18 Wednesday Case Write-up 3 DUE: Campbell Soup Company in 2000 (C-423), Cases in Strategic Management Questions: 1) Describe Campbell Soup’s corporate strategy under Gordon McGovern’s tenure. What key changes did David Johnson make? What about Dale Morrison? 2) Why did Gordon McGovern fail? 3) What recommendations would you make to a new CEO regarding Campbell soup’s strategy and management of the business portfolio? WEEK 5 9/23 Monday Chapter 6: Corporate Level Strategy Chapter 7: International Strategy 9/25 Wednesday Case Write-up 4 DUE: Steve Case, America Online, and Time Warner (C-17), Cases in Strategic Management Questions: 1) What is your assessment of Steve Case’s performance as chief strategist at AOL? 2) What is Steve Case’s strategic vision for AOL? Why does a merger with Time-Warner make sense? 3) Has AOL experienced problems with questionable ethical standards and practices? Why has AOL had to deal with so many lawsuits and investigations? 4) Will the proposed merger fundamentally change AOL’s strategy? What challenges does a merger with Time-Warner present to the new managers? WEEK 6 9/30 Monday 10/02 Wednesday WEEK 7 10/07 Chapter 8: The Internet and E-Commerce Chapter 10: Organizational Design Case Write-up 5 DUE: Dell Computer Corporation: Strategy and Challenges for the 21st Century (C-132), Cases in Strategic Management Questions: 1) What are the elements of Dell’s strategy? What does a SWOT analysis reveal about the attractiveness of Dell’s situation? What is Dell’s competitive advantage? 2) How does Dell stack-up against its competitors? Which competitor enjoys the strongest position? 3) What is your assessment of the company’s financial performance over the past five years? 4) What are Dell’s chances of becoming the global market share leader in PCs? CORE CURRICULUM ASSESSMENT Mid-semester evaluations Meet with groups regarding Presentations 10/10 Wednesday MIDTERM EXAM DUE Meet with groups regarding Presentations WEEK 8 10/14 Monday 10/16 Wednesday WEEK 9 10/21 Monday 10/23 Wednesday WEEK 10 10/28 Monday 10/30 Wednesday NO CLASS-FALL RECESS Case Presentations Case Presentations Introduction to the Business Strategy Game PRACTICE SIMULATION #1 PRACTICE SIMULATION # 2 WEEK 11 11/04 Monday IN CLASS SIMULATION EXAM 11/06 Wednesday OVERVIEW OF PRACTICE SESSION ***Simulation Strategic Plan Due*** (one per team) WEEK 12 11/11 Monday SIMULATION - YEAR 11 11/13 Wednesday WEEK 13 11/18 Monday SIMULATION - YEAR 12 SIMULATION - YEAR 13 11/20 Wednesday WEEK 13 11/25 Monday SIMULATION - YEAR 14 11/27 Wednesday NO CLASS: THANKSGIVING BREAK SIMULATION - YEAR 15 WEEK 14 12/02 Monday Work on Simulation Report 12/04 Wednesday ***Simulation Peer Evaluations *** ***Simulation Report and Presentation *** Final Exam Period ***Simulation Peer Evaluations *** 12/11 ***Simulation Report and Presentation *** Wednesday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.