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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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MSFS 740 - Strategy/Mgmt Prblm Sol
This course will provide students with working familiarity with the strategic, analytic and communications methods used by strategic planners, problem intervention teams, general managers/profit center managers and outside consultants.

The first part of the course (weeks 1-6) will deal with high level strategy and will address issues and challenges of the large business firm that operates globally or is “globalizing” its scope.  We will begin with a survey of general business strategy literature and concepts covering topics such as industry structure, competitive advantage, core competencies, and product differentiation.  With this as a foundation, the course will engage a variety of strategic issues that accompany international or global business operations.  These include country market selection, brand management and other marketing challenges, intellectual property protection, alliances and joint ventures, sourcing and supply chain management, organization design, and cross-cultural management.

The second part of the course (weeks 7-14) will focus on industry analysis and corresponding corporate strategies for operating within these globally-organized industries.  Industries to be covered include autos, consumer products, retailing, financial services, information technology, telecommunications, airlines, aerospace, energy, mining, pharmaceuticals and biotech, and media and entertainment.  Among the practical skills to be practiced in the course is industry structure analysis.  

The entire course will operate at two levels reflecting, to some extent, the scope of work done by leading consulting firms for large corporates.  The course will treat 1) high level strategy—global, regional and major market strategy.  At the same time the course will provide experience in specific 2) problem diagnosis and solution strategies/tactics—a more ground level kind of assignment. This aspect of the course will have four intersecting thrusts:   business and organizational problems…across a variety of industries…in a range of geographic contexts…requiring a spectrum of applicable diagnostic and analytical methods.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

MS in Foreign Service Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Juris Doctor
      MN or MC Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Arab Studies
      Asian Studies
      Eurasian, Russian, E Euro Stud
      Foreign Service
      German and European Studies
      Global Human Development
      Latin American Studies
      Law/Arab Studies
      Law/Foreign Service
      Law/Security Studies
      Russian & East European Stud
      Security Studies

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