Top The course grade will be calculated in the following way:
Individual class participation (30 %)
IVLE non-graded quizzes (15%)
Short group presentation (10 %)
Group case day presentation (15 %)
Group project and presentation (30%)
1. Class Participation (30 %)
Participation in class is important and is closely tied with learning outcomes. It is thus essential that class participants be ready to discuss pre-assigned issues with respect to cases and readings. In analyzing a case, you should identify problems, explore strategic alternatives, and develop recommendations. I use the following questions to evaluate class participation:
- Is the participant a good listener?
- Do the comments reflect careful analysis?
- Do the comments add to our understanding of the situation?
- Is there a willingness to try new ideas (beyond repeating case facts)?
- Is the participant considerate of other class members?
Please read in advance the cases and the readings assigned for every class. If you are not prepared for any class, please let me know in advance so that I don’t inadvertently embarrass you. Individuals and/or groups may be called on to present their analyses in class.
2. IVLE quizzes (15%):
You are expected to take part in a weekly (non-graded) online assessment. The aim of this assessment is to further classroom learning by testing your understanding of the concepts. For the 15% grade, I attribute full marks if you do the assessment, 0 if you do not do it. Note that if you need to miss a class, you will still be expected to take the IVLE assessment, else will be awarded 0 marks. There will be no grace period given to students who have missed the deadline.
3. Short group presentation (10%)
Each group is expected to make a short presentation on an assigned topic. You are encouraged to get in touch with the instructor if you need any clarifications or suggestions on the preparation of your topic. You may also choose another topic after getting approval from the instructor. The presentation should be about 12-15 minutes. Submit a hard copy of your slides and a 1 page executive summary before your presentation and post a copy on IVLE as well.
4. Case Day Group Presentation (15%)
The objective of the group application project is to apply the concepts and frameworks learnt in the course to an episode of technology strategy in an industry. The project should be worked on in a team of four (preferred) or five students. In keeping with the spirit of the class, the project will examine how a specific problem faced by a firm, how it chose to tackle it, and how it could do so better. I am open to studying both successes and failures. The more specific and narrow the definition of the problem, the better.
The objective of the case day presentations is to apply the concepts and frameworks learnt in the course to an episode of corporate strategy in an industry. You have two choices:
This should be worked on in a team of four (preferred) or five students depending on the number of students in class. In keeping with the spirit of the class, the case will examine a specific problem faced by a firm, how it chose to tackle it, and how it could do so better.
- present a topic/case study of my choice
- identify a subject of interest, research it, and present it in class.
5. Group Application Projects (30%)
Project Proposal. You can discuss your project ideas with me from week 4 to 6. By week 7 , 2014, I expect you to formally submit a one page project proposal. This proposal is meant to define the boundaries within which your team would work on the application project. I will provide feedback/suggestions so as to align our expectations going forward. It will also be helpful if you can mention how you plan to collect data for the project (e.g., archival sources, interviews etc.)
Final Paper. The final paper is due by the end of class 11. This should be about 5000 words (excluding references and exhibits). This document should include a 1 page executive summary in the beginning. The paper will be evaluated on four dimensions: First, the insight offered by the analysis—does it go beyond describing what happened to shed light on the fundamental causes. Second, the quality of the analysis and how well it integrates the concepts developed in the course. Third, how relevant, useful, and well supported are the lessons and recommendations presented. Fourth, the readability of the paper and readers’ access to the ideas presented.
While you are probably aware of the conventions of properly citing material and ideas, I believe a short note on the subject is worthwhile. Material reproduced verbatim should be enclosed in quotation marks, with proper attribution made to the source. Ideas and concepts even if not quoted verbatim should be attributed to the author/ source, also via proper citation.
Presentation In the final week, each group will be invited to present its analysis and findings.