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Personal Application Conference Topic Discussion
Class Title: Strategic Management
During each part of this assignment, students are responsible for posting in the Personal Application (PA) conference section of the classroom a reflection on how the material they learned applies to their organization or the industry in which it operates. Postings should demonstrate an understanding of the industry and the competitive position of the organization within it. This exercise helps integrate the learning experiences each week and confirms the student’s ability to apply the concepts learned.
This is a course on strategic management issues. The learning experience will be greatly enhanced by your looking at current business events from a strategy perspective. As part of your Conferences participation, for each part you will be asked to post a link to at least one news story in Conferences and to explain briefly how the news stories bear on the topics for that part.
FOR ALL PARTS - My Company: Miami Dade County Public Schools www.dadeschools.net
FOR ALL PARTS - Industry: Education in the United States www.ed.gov
Part 1 – (1 page)
Your thoughts about the fundamental strategic issues facing the industry of education
in which your organization exists. Compare the performance of your company (Miami Dade County Public Schools www.dadeschools.net ) against the industry of education in the United States within which it operates, for 1 year and 5 years, using the Morningstar database http://news.morningstar.com/stockReturns/CapWtdIndustryReturns.html or any other source of information that is appropriate.
Also, post a link to at least one news story in your PA and explain briefly how the news story bears on your company/industry and the topics for the week “INTRODUCTION TO STRATEGY, WHAT IS STRATEGY? BY PORTER”
Part 2 - (1 page)
Your company’s strategy for competitive advantage (i.e. cost leader, differentiation, etc.) and your opinion about how they might change or improve this strategy.
Also, post a link to at least one news story in your PA and explain briefly how the news story bears on your company/industry and the topics for the week “STRATEGY AND VALUE CREATION IN TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES”
Part 3 - (1 page)
1. An analysis of your company’s industry from the point of view of Porter’s Five Forces, the Industry Life Cycle, and any other strategy frameworks that provide insight to your understanding of the industry and the competitive position of your company within it.
2. An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your company from the point of view of the Resource Based View of the Firm model and any other strategy frameworks that provide insight into your company’s strategic competitivenss.
Also, post a link to at least one news story in your PA and explain briefly how the news story bears on your company/industry and the topics for the week “BUSINESS LEVEL STRATEGY: ESTABLISHING AND SUSTAINING COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE”
Part 4 – (1 page)
Your organization’s international business, if any (where, what, how, etc.). Can you think of areas of additional global opportunity for your company?
Also, post a link to at least one news story in your PA and explain briefly how the news story bears on your company/industry and the topics for the week “SUSTATINING SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AND PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS”
Part 5 – (1 page)
1. Describe your company’s activities on the Internet and any ideas you may have for additional strategic opportunities they might explore in this new medium.
Also, post a link to at least one news story in your PA and explain briefly how the news story bears on your company/industry and the topics for the week “CREATING VALUE THROUGH e-BUSINESS”
Part 6 – (1 page)
Your organization’s past experience with mergers and acquisitions or joint ventures. Based upon this week’s other assignments, can you think of areas of additional global M& A or joint venture opportunity for your company?
Also, post a link to at least one news story in your PA and explain briefly how the news story bears on your company/industry and the topics for the week “CREATING VALUE THROUGH GLOBAL STRATEGY”
Part 7 – (1 page)
Your company’s environment for encouraging and enabling the implementation of innovation.
Also, post a link to at least one news story in your PA and explain briefly how the news story bears on your company/industry and the topics for the week “STRATEGY AND ORGANIZATION DESIGN AND MANAGING INNOVATION STRATEGY”
Part 8 – (7 pages)
After reviewing what you have written for the Personal Application Conferences each part, write a final paper incorporating all of the topics covered in the PA’ and how what you have learned in this course “Strategic Management” applies to the organization you work for. IT SHOULD BE MORE THAN JUST A SIMPLE COPY AND PASTE FROM YOUR EARLY POSTING!
Part 9 – (1 page)
Discuss your experience of this Strategy course and any suggestions you have for its improvement and any final thoughts about the subject of business strategy.

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