Matthew W Ford
MGT 490 News & Info (Updated 08/07/2012 01:47 PM)
That's a wrap! The Summer 2012 edition of MGT 490 is now history. Best of luck to graduating seniors!
The MGT 490 Wall of Achievement has been updated. Congratulations to all top performers.
Here is the sample industry analysis that I will share in class. Offers one approach for applying Porter's (1980) Five Forces toward a specific industry. Should also give you an idea of the info you'll need to acquire for your project.
Baffled by how to calculate the percentage difference between two values? You'll need to learn how to be a better manager. Click here for a tutorial.
Assignment due dates appear below. Assignments must be submitted in memo format and stapled. No late work will be accepted.
Summer 2012 potpourri (archives). ISM manufacturing index falls below 50...The Supreme Court's ruling and opinions on the healthcare law...Delta Airlines buys an oil refinery...Some on-the-ground perspective from Italy...Interesting article on McDonalds' operations...Exxon's big bet on shale gas...Microsoft unveils its own tablet device...Greek election results side with austerity (maybe)...Picture history of Central Parkway and Over-the-Rhine...Spain requests $125 billion bank bailout...Is greater productivity a danger?...Oil and gas industry update...Pressure on Germany to underwrite EU bailout continues...Current shape of bank runs in Greece...Strategic management principles applied to life's challenges...Marketing tactics for new grad job hunts...NKU recognized as 'green' higher ed institution...Incoming NKU president known for his competitiveness...Early results of the Facebook IPO have been a dud.
Here is the Porter 5 Forces video shown in class. May be a useful reference for A1.
Want to think more like a manager? Your thought processes reflect what you observe and read. Both Business Week (inside this section check out Strategy & Execution) and Fortune have prepared nice sections on managing to keep you informed and help you learn.
Want to think more strategically? Then consider getting better connected to financial markets (there is much overlap between financial and strategic decision-making). Toward that end, check out Minyanville (it's free!). Minyanville was founded by my Wall Street friend Todd Harrison to help people learn more about markets so that better financial decisions can be made. Hope to see you and your friends at the 'Ville.
A key skill for obtaining a great job and advancing your career is networking. LinkedIn is a tool for sharing your capabilities and achievements as well as building your network. Lots of professionals have plugged into this site. Consider getting connected.
Here's the Fortune subscription info. Looks like the student rate is $10/yr. Could be a worthy investment...
The Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University will be the first choice of students, faculty and other stakeholders in our region. We will be known for the excellence of our students, faculty, and staff as well as our alumni as business and community leaders.
Our mission is to prepare our graduates for successful careers as ethical and effective business and community leaders in the global economy. We pursue this mission with dedicated and caring faculty committed to active learning, rigorous scholarly inquiry of all types, and public engagement.
This course provides a framework for developing and implementing organizational strategy. By the time you leave this class, you should be able to:
Prerequisites: MGT 300, FIN 305, MGT 305, MKT 305, senior standing
Collins, J.C. & Porras, J.I. (1994). Built to last. New York : Harper Business.
Porter, M.E. (1980). Competitive strategy: Techniques for analyzing industries and competitors. New York: Free Press.
a) Grading Components and Determination
Exams. A combination of short answer, essay, and problems. Some choice. Bring blue books.
Assignments. Four written assignments submitted in memo format. Will be based on cases and readings from the texts and designed to spur in class discussion. Work in groups of at least three.
Project. Industry analysis. Select industry from list provided in class. You will submit a written report as well as deliver a 20 minute presentation in class. Grade will be divided 60/40 between the written and oral portions of the project. Work in groups of at least five.
Professionalism. This portion of your grade is my assessment of your engagement in class. It is termed 'professionalism' since it is meant to evaluate mannerisms that you should exhibit as an effective manager. Since this is a senior-level class, you will be judged more critically in this category.
Extra Credit. Will be available as term unfolds.
Attendance will not be formally taken. However, your attendance and participation will impact your professionalism mark. Moreover, due to the nature of our class discussions, you WILL struggle if you miss a lot of class.
c) Student Rights and Responsibilities
Maintenance of academic standards and integrity includes the obligation not to cheat or plagiarize. A student who uses a dishonest or deceitful means to obtain a grade is guilty of cheating; a student who submits another’s work as one’s own without adequate attribution is guilty of plagiarism. Identical work will earn a grade of zero.
Students are fully responsible for learning the course content and material disseminated in the class. Absences do not release you from this responsibility. Please see the NKU Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities at www.nku.edu/~deanstudents.For cheaters, I will enforce school policies to the fullest extent possible.
d) Syllabus Changes and Current Information: Class Website
Dates and assignments documented in this syllabus are subject to change at my discretion, meaning that this paper version of the syllabus will become outdated as the term progresses. While I’ll try to announce significant changes to our syllabus during class meetings, the electronic version of the syllabus posted on the class website will be constantly updated and provides a definitive reference. Indeed, our class website is your best source for current course information. Refer to it often…
e) End of Semester Online Course Evaluations
Northern Kentucky University takes Instructor and Course
evaluations seriously. It is a
responsibility of NKU students as citizens of the University to participate in
the instructor and course evaluation process.
During the two weeks prior to the end of each semester, you will be asked
to reflect upon what you have learned in this course, the extent to which you
have invested the necessary effort to maximize your learning, and the role your
instructor has played in the learning process.
It is important that you complete the online evaluations with
thoughtfully written comments.
Students who complete an evaluation for a particular course
(or opt out of doing so in the evaluation) will be rewarded for their
participation by having access to their course grade as soon as that grade is
submitted by the instructor.
Students who do not complete the course evaluation (or opt out of doing so in
the evaluation) should expect to incur a two week delay in access to their
grades beyond the university’s official date for grade availability.
f) Guiding Policies/Principles
· You are training to be effective managers. Be responsible for your development.
· Manage conflicts and deadlines like the workplace. Plan and notify ahead. Avoid surprises.
· No exceptions to class policies or deadlines unless obtained from me in writing.
· No grades given over phone or email.
· No operation of electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, laptops) during class.
· No assignments accepted via email unless we have made arrangements in writing in advance.
· All written work greater than one page must be stapled (not clipped, folded, etc).
· Hardcopies of work are due in class on the due date. No late work will be accepted (this includes excuses due to ‘lab printer problems’). Give yourself time to deal with unforeseen problems.
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