The final grade for this course will be computed based on the following:
Class participation: 15%
Discussion forum participation: 20%
Group project & presentation: 35%
Final Quiz: 30%
Class Participation & IVLE forum
Grades will be based on the quality and quantity of participation, but the focus will be on quality. However, absence from class sessions or seldom speaking up during class discussions will result in a low participation score. Please try to participate regularly in class and at the IVLE forum.
Forum postings (Your learning journey):
After each class, I would like you to write down "one thing" you learned during the session (that you think you will remember) and post it on the discussion forum of IVLE within 24 hours of the session. I would also like you to comment at least one comment on the postings of others. 20% of your grade will be based on your own weekly postings and your comments on other's postings.
While teaching often makes use of cases, real life problems are never neatly summarized and presented in the form of a case. Strategy problems are messy and the way you research them is important in solving these “messes”. The group project gives you an opportunity to research a company or organization, apply your consultancy skills, and make a strategic plan for the CEO. Here are some tips and guidelines:
Choosing a Topic
Here are five potential templates:
1) You can focus on an innovating local companies in country X (ex. GO- JEK in Indonesia) and discuss the type of innovations (product innovations, operational innovations, institutional innovations etc.) behind its success. Consider some of the disruptions that can lead to a potential reversal of fortune. What should the firm do to prepare for those disruptions?
2) You may want to focus on an innovative industry in country X ( ex. Korean TV dramas) and discuss the factors that makes it so competitive. Consider some of the disruptions (technological, political, social, regulatory, etc.) that can lead to a potential reversal of fortune. What should be done to prepare for those disruptions?
3) You can consider the entry strategy of a multinational from a developed country ( ex. Unicharm from Japan) to an emerging country X (India). What are some of the strategic and organizational challenges it will face? What types of innovations does it need to pursue to overcome those challenges?
4) You can consider the entry strategy of a multinational from an emerging country X (Xiaomi from China) to another emerging country Y (India). What are some of the strategic and organizational challenges it will face? What types of innovations does it need to pursue to overcome those challenges?
5) You can consider the entry strategy of a multinational from an emerging country X (TCS from India) to a developed country Z (Japan). What are some of the strategic and organizational challenges it will face? What types of innovations does it need to pursue to overcome those challenges?
In forming your groups, go for diversity rather then familiarity.
- Each presentation will be for 15 minutes followed by 10 min Q&A.
1.5 space 20-25 pages (including figures, tables, and references).
This final test is open book and is preferably done on your laptop and uploaded on IVLE. This quiz is meant to help us synthesize what we covered the module. I will talk more about it later in the module.
- Groups have to be formed by Week 2.
- Each group needs to submit its topic proposal on IVLE by the end of Week 5.
- There will be two presentations each week starting from the Week 8 (on Japan).
- The final report has to be uploaded on IVLEon/before the last day of the reading period.
- The final quiz will be a take home quiz in Week 13.