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BUSINESS POLICY (MANA 5336) 

The focus of this strategic management course is on the management of the entire organization. The underlying premise is that successful companies base their organizational strategies on more than gut instinct. The strategic management process entails environmental analysis, assessment of competencies and weaknesses, analysis of competitors and the formulation and implementation of effective strategies that result in competitive advantage. This is a "big picture" course, a trait that makes it a truly different from others you have taken so far. It, therefore, requires you to apply the knowledge you have gained in previous courses in an integrated fashion and also introduces you to the critical business skills of planning and managing strategic activities.

Along with the text material, case studies will be used to develop analytical and decision-making skills and also highlight the uncertainties in strategic decision making. The course also seeks to develop your capacity to identify issues, to reason carefully about strategic options and improve your ability to manage the organization process by which strategies get formed and executed. It attempts to encourage an integrated, multifunctional, "general management" perspective -- the grand sweep of "strategizing" should make the course fascinating and fun.

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MANAGEMENT OF MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES  (MANA 5331)

This class focuses on the international dimensions of strategy and organization and provides a framework for formulating strategies in an increasingly complex global economy. The course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the cultural, political, competitive, technological, legal, and demographic environments in which multinational firms operate. It then examines the nature of global competition by exploring the characteristics of global industries and strategies that have been successful in an international context. Also covered are issues related to organizational design and strategic control in the management of multinational enterprises.

The primary objective of this course is to help you think like a manager in the international context-- one who recognizes and understands the important interlinkages that exist in the conducting of business in a global environment. Case studies used in the course will help you develop your analytical and decision making skills and also highlight the reality of environmental uncertainties influencing decision making in the international context. Cases also seek to develop your capacity to identify issues, to reason carefully through various options and improve your ability to manage the organization process by which decisions get formed and executed.

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MANAGEMENT OF THE MNC  (MANA 4321)

With an ever-growing number of industries becoming multinational and global in scope, managers are being increasingly challenged to manage strategies within a global perspective. "Management of International Operations" seeks to provide students with the skills, knowledge and sensitivity required to successfully manage organizations and organizational units within a multinational environment. Topics covered include the analysis of industry and environmental forces, the competitive context in which companies operate in global industries, the characteristics of global, multinational and transnational strategies, global strategic alliances, the role of organizational structures and the importance of strategic control.
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The primary objective of this course is to help you think like a manager in the international context-- one who recognizes and understands the important interlinkages that exist in the conducting of business in a global environment. Case studies used in the course will help you develop your analytical and decision making skills and also highlight the reality of environmental uncertainties influencing decision making in the international context. Cases also seek to develop your capacity to identify issues, to reason carefully through various options and improve your ability to manage the organization process by which decisions get formed and executed.

Handouts and Reading Materials