The following is the intended schedule of when assigned readings will be covered in class discussion. These readings are from three types of sources, as follows:


Text:      Barney, JB & Hesterly, WS (2008) Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: Concepts (2nd edition; available at bookstore)

ERes:  Available electronically through Library ERes

Case:     Harvard Business School Publishing case study


Week 1

• Wednesday September 24

            Overview of the course; scope and relationship to other courses

Read assigned material on plagiarism


Week 2

• Monday September 29

            Strategy and the work of top management

ERes:     Christensen, CM & Raynor, ME (2003) “Why hard-nosed executives should care about management theory,” Harvard Business Review

            DUE: Individual written assignment #1


• Wednesday October 1

            The strategic management process and analysis

            Text: Chapter 1

(ERes) Steidlmeier, P. 1993. The moral legitimacy of intellectual property claims: American business and developing country perspectives. Journal of Business Ethics.


Week 3

• Monday October 6

            Analyzing external environments

            Text: Chapter 2


• Wednesday October 8

            Analyzing internal capabilities; the resource-based view

            Text: Chapter 3

            DUE: Group research project proposal


Week 4

• Monday October 13

            Analyzing cost leadership and differentiation strategies

            Text: Chapters 4 and 5

            DUE: Rewrite of individual assignment #1


• Wednesday October 15

            Quiz #1


Week 5

• Monday October 20

            Theories of success

ERes:  Porter, ME (1990) “The competitive advantage of nations,” Harvard Business Review

ERes:     Prahalad, CK & Hamel, G (1990) “The core competence of the corporation." Harvard Business Review

ERes:     Bower, JL and Christensen, CM (1995) Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave. Harvard Business Review

            DUE: Individual written assignment #2


• Wednesday October 22

            Vertical integration strategies

            Text: Chapter 6

            Case: Feed R&D – or Farm It Out?


Week 6

Monday October 27

            Diversification strategy and implementation

            Text: Chapters 7 and 8

            Case: GE's Digital Revolution: Redefining the E in GE


Wednesday October 29

            Case: Timex Corp.

            Quiz #2


Week 7

• Monday November 3

            Alliances, mergers, and acquisitions

            Text: Chapters 9 and 10

ERes:     Dyer, Kale & Singh (2004) “When to ally and when to acquire.” Harvard Business Review


• Wednesday November 5

            Managing diversification and alliances: strategic and organizational dimensions

            Case: The HP-Cisco Alliance (A)

            Case: BRL Hardy: Globalizing an Australian wine company

            DUE: Rewrite of individual assignment #2


• Friday November 7

            DUE: Abstracts for group research projects


Week 8

• Monday November 10

            Presentations and discussions of group research projects


•Wednesday November 12

            Presentations and discussions of group research projects


Week 9

• Monday November 17

            Final Examination


• Wednesday November 19

            DUE: Writing portfolios


Week 10

• Monday November 24

            DUE: Group research projects (final reports)