Str 581 strategic planning & implementation complete course week 1-6

STR 581 (Strategic Planning and Implementation) New Course

 

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Week 1

Week 1 DQ 2

 

What is the difference between a vision and a mission?

 Where have you seen misleading organizational mission, vision, and values statements? How did that affect the organization?

 

Week 1 DQ 2

Go to a public corporations website and read their statements on corporate social responsibility.

 What aspects of their ethics do you agree or disagree with? Why?

Why is a people strategy strategic? Provide an example to validate your answer.

 

Week 1 Assignment:

 

STR 581 Week 1 Individual Ethics Reflection Paper (700+ Words)

 

Week 2

 

Week 2 DQ 1

Locate an organization in the news. Is the organization validating its values by its actions? Use the organizations website or other published information to define the values and explain your answer.

 

Week 2 DQ 2

When evaluating an organization, what political and ethical factors must be taken into account? Why?

 

Week 2 DQ 3

Consider a specific sector of the transportation industry, airlines, railroads, trucking, shipping, or multimodal.

 How have external operating environment factors affected the sectors performance?

 

Week 2 Assignment:

 

STR 581 Week 2 Individual Research Proposal (800+ Words)

 

STR 581 Week 2 Learning Team Innovation Strategy Paper (900+ Words)

 

 

Week 3

 

Week 3 DQ 1

How might an organizational evaluation be beneficial? How might it be detrimental?

 

Week 3 DQ 2

How might a resource-based view of internal capabilities complement a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis? Provide an example.

 

Week 3 DQ 3

 

How might the value, rarity, imitability, and organization analysis of internal capabilities complement a SWOT analysis? Provide an example.

 

Week 3 Assignments:

 

STR 581 Week 3 Individual External and Internal Environmental Analysis (1250+ Words)

STR 581 Week 3 Learning Team Capstone Review I (6 Slides)

 

 

Week 4

Week 4 DQ 1

Identify an existing organization that established sustained market leadership by successfully leveraging a value discipline. How did the organization successfully leverage this discipline?

 

Week 4 DQ 2

Picking from one of the items listed below, distinguish between one of the following pairs of grand strategies. Provide an example of a firm that exhibits grand strategies of concentration (you can use examples provided in Exhibit 7.3 of the Strategic Management book):

a. Horizontal and vertical integration.

b. Conglomerate and concentric diversification.

c. Product development and innovation.

d. Joint venture and strategic alliance.

 

Week 4 DQ 3

 

What are the challenges in managing a portfolio of companies?

 Identify an organization that has been consistently successful. What critical success factors have they emphasized?

 

Week 4 Assignment:

 

STR 581 Week 4 Individual Strategic Choice and Evaluation Paper (1300+ Words)

STR 581 Week 4 Learning Team Grand Strategy Rankings (1550+ Words)

 

 

Week 5

Week 5 DQ 1

 

Although objectives, functional tactics, and action items are included in many implementation plans, why do some organizations have a difficult time reflecting the plan they create?

 

Week 5 DQ 2

In your experience or observance, where do risk management plans fall short?

 

 

Week 5 DQ 3

Consider an organization you have worked for or are familiar with. What are the most important metrics used in the strategic control process? Why?

 

Week 5 Assignments:

 

STR 581 Week 5 Individual Implementation, Strategic Controls, and Contingency Plans (1850+ Words)

STR 581 Week 5 Learning Team Capstone review II (6 Slides)

 

Week 6

Week 6 DQ 1

Do you think the Nichepreneur strategy might work for your future career plans? Explain why.

Week 6 DQ 2

Please write a letter to yourself in the body of your post that reviews some successes you achieved over the course of this program. Also include some goals you hope to accomplish over the next few months.

 

Week 6 DQ 3

Please use this thread to provide me with feedback on anything you liked about the class, what you’d like to see changed in this class, or any tips to help me make this class better for future students.

Week 6 Assignments:

 

STR 581 Week 6 Individual Strategic Plan (3050+ Words)

 

STR 581 Week 6 Individual Strategic Presentation (6 Slides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STR 581 (Strategic Planning and Implementation) New Course

 

Week 1

Week 1 DQ 2

 

What is the difference between a vision and a mission?

 Where have you seen misleading organizational mission, vision, and values statements? How did that affect the organization?

 

Week 1 DQ 2

Go to a public corporations website and read their statements on corporate social responsibility.

 What aspects of their ethics do you agree or disagree with? Why?

Why is a people strategy strategic? Provide an example to validate your answer.

 

Week 1 Assignment:

 

STR 581 Week 1 Individual Ethics Reflection Paper (700+ Words)

 

Week 2

 

Week 2 DQ 1

Locate an organization in the news. Is the organization validating its values by its actions? Use the organizations website or other published information to define the values and explain your answer.

 

Week 2 DQ 2

When evaluating an organization, what political and ethical factors must be taken into account? Why?

 

Week 2 DQ 3

Consider a specific sector of the transportation industry, airlines, railroads, trucking, shipping, or multimodal.

 How have external operating environment factors affected the sectors performance?

 

Week 2 Assignment:

 

STR 581 Week 2 Individual Research Proposal (800+ Words)

 

STR 581 Week 2 Learning Team Innovation Strategy Paper (900+ Words)

 

 

Week 3

 

Week 3 DQ 1

How might an organizational evaluation be beneficial? How might it be detrimental?

 

Week 3 DQ 2

How might a resource-based view of internal capabilities complement a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis? Provide an example.

 

Week 3 DQ 3

 

How might the value, rarity, imitability, and organization analysis of internal capabilities complement a SWOT analysis? Provide an example.

 

Week 3 Assignments:

 

STR 581 Week 3 Individual External and Internal Environmental Analysis (1250+ Words)

STR 581 Week 3 Learning Team Capstone Review I (6 Slides)

 

 

Week 4

Week 4 DQ 1

Identify an existing organization that established sustained market leadership by successfully leveraging a value discipline. How did the organization successfully leverage this discipline?

 

Week 4 DQ 2

Picking from one of the items listed below, distinguish between one of the following pairs of grand strategies. Provide an example of a firm that exhibits grand strategies of concentration (you can use examples provided in Exhibit 7.3 of the Strategic Management book):

a. Horizontal and vertical integration.

b. Conglomerate and concentric diversification.

c. Product development and innovation.

d. Joint venture and strategic alliance.

 

Week 4 DQ 3

 

What are the challenges in managing a portfolio of companies?

 Identify an organization that has been consistently successful. What critical success factors have they emphasized?

 

Week 4 Assignment:

 

STR 581 Week 4 Individual Strategic Choice and Evaluation Paper (1300+ Words)

STR 581 Week 4 Learning Team Grand Strategy Rankings (1550+ Words)

 

 

Week 5

Week 5 DQ 1

 

Although objectives, functional tactics, and action items are included in many implementation plans, why do some organizations have a difficult time reflecting the plan they create?

 

Week 5 DQ 2

In your experience or observance, where do risk management plans fall short?

 

 

Week 5 DQ 3

Consider an organization you have worked for or are familiar with. What are the most important metrics used in the strategic control process? Why?

 

Week 5 Assignments:

 

STR 581 Week 5 Individual Implementation, Strategic Controls, and Contingency Plans (1850+ Words)

STR 581 Week 5 Learning Team Capstone review II (6 Slides)

 

Week 6

Week 6 DQ 1

Do you think the Nichepreneur strategy might work for your future career plans? Explain why.

Week 6 DQ 2

Please write a letter to yourself in the body of your post that reviews some successes you achieved over the course of this program. Also include some goals you hope to accomplish over the next few months.

 

Week 6 DQ 3

Please use this thread to provide me with feedback on anything you liked about the class, what you’d like to see changed in this class, or any tips to help me make this class better for future students.

Week 6 Assignments:

 

STR 581 Week 6 Individual Strategic Plan (3050+ Words)

 

STR 581 Week 6 Individual Strategic Presentation (6 Slides)

 

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