Policy and Strategy in Global Competition – BUSI 690

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This capstone course integrates the concepts, techniques, and knowledge of all areas of business administration. This course may not be substituted for or transferred in from another institution. This course is the capstone course and must be taken in the final term of enrollment.


BUSI 520, 530, 601, 610, and 620


There is a need for a “capstone experience” in the MBA program that requires multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills including: overall strategy, marketing, operations management, human resource development, finance, accounting, economics, asset management as well as behavioral and ethical elements.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian character qualities in the forming, storming, norming, and performing phases of the strategic planning process.
  2. Synthesize the knowledge gained from life experience and previous MBA curriculum.
  3. Evaluate a company’s external industry environment, the sources of power in an industry, the major underlying causes of industry change, and the factors needed by companies to be strategically successful.
  4. Evaluate strategic options, including what-if analysis.
  5. Create results-oriented action plans.
  6. Execute company strategies.
  7. Formulate strategic plans.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Thompson Connect LearnSmart Exercises (12)

Using the Thompson text, the student must read the chapter and complete the Connect LearnSmart assignments designed to deepen student understanding of the topics covered in each chapter.

Thompson Connect Exercises (12)

Using the Thompson text, the student must complete a series of experiential exercises. The student must apply text material to a real organizational situation and answer the multiple choice and short essay questions. These exercises must be completed through the Connect provided in the assigned modules/weeks.

Individual Case Study Part 1

Using the case assigned from the Thompson text, the student must complete an in-depth case analysis, divided into two sections.  The student will utilize the entire strategic management process.  There will be two items submitted; one Word document with the narrative and appendices.  The other document is an Excel spreadsheet with all of the worksheets, historical financial statements including vertical, horizontal, and ratio analysis.

Individual Case Study Part 2

Using the case assigned in Part 1, the student will complete the indepth analysis to include pro forma financial statements for a minimum of three years, NPV calculations, and descriptive analysis of the suggested corporate strategy to include the assigned matrices.  The items will be submitted using a Word document for the narrative and appendices and an Excel document for all financial information.

The Part 1 and Part 2 narrative should be at least 10 pages of text.  In Part 2 the student should fully discuss the propsed strategy initiative and how this strategy will benefit the organization.

Group Case Study

The instructor will divide the students into groups, and the groups will complete a case study on a specific company. Each case study is an in-depth case analysis requiring each team to utilize the entire strategic management process. For each case study each team should submit two items;  one PDF/Word document with your narrative and appendices. The other document is one excel spreadsheet with all these worksheets: historical financial statements (Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Statement of Cash Flows) for three most current years (including deltas between years), pro forma financial statements for a minimum of three years in the future with deltas and your NPV calculations.

NOTE: The narrative must be at least 15 pages of text. In the last section of the narrative each team should fully discuss the proposed strategy, rationale for choosing the strategy and discuss how the proposed strategy initiative will increase cash flows.

Peer Evaluation

After the group exercise, each student will be asked to evaluate the contributions of each of his/her group members. The resulting score will be used to provide a final peer grade for the group assignment. All group grades will be awarded provisionally. The final group grade for each individual will be determined by factoring the project grade by the Peer Evaluation average. For example, if a group project receives a grade of 100 and the student’s Peer Evaluation is 80, the final grade for that student's assignment would be 100 x .80, or 80. (Note: The Peer Evaluation average is calculated by averaging all of the peer scores for an individual student.)

The final peer averages cannot be determined until after all peer evaluations are completed. Failure to submit a peer evaluation will result in a reduction of the student’s peer grade.

Integration of Faith and Learning Paper

The student will write an essay that is a minimum of 800 words in current APA format, explaining how he/she will integrate his/her faith, coupled with policy and strategy theory created in the individual case study, within a business world context.

Final Exam

The exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Module/Week 1-4. The exam will be completed in Connect.