Strategic Management
Lecture Notes
Tentative Schedule
  • Instructor Information:

    Dr. John Hadjimarcou, Associate Professor of Marketing
    Rm. 245, College of Business Administration
    747-5348 (Fax)

  • Learning Objectives:

Strategic Management is a capstone course for business majors covering the entirety of the discipline. The course is designed to integrate and build on all prior business course work.  By the end of this course, students will have the ability to 1) understand the purposes, processes, and tools of strategic management (Evidence: exams, case analysis); 2) build on the knowledge acquired in earlier, functionally-oriented courses, apply the critical thinking skills required to analyze complex business situations, and develop and implement practical responses (Evidence: case analysis); 3) grasp the challenges facing today’s organizations as they grow, restructure and compete in an increasingly global context and within newly emerging markets (Evidence: case analysis, exams); and 4) examine the multifaceted role of business organizations in the contemporary world, including considerations of social responsibility and ethics (Evidence: case presentation, exams).

  • Required text:

Title: Strategic Management (10th Edition)
Author: Fred R. David
Publisher: Prentice Hall

  • Office Hours:

    Monday & Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
  • Attendance:

Class attendance is required and expected.  Attendance will be taken at random times throughout the Summer session. Attendance constitutes 5 percent of the overall grade. You are allowed one absence, but every absence after this will result in a reduction of your attendance grade. It is recommended that you read the lecture material and the chapters in your textbook on a consistent and continuous basis.  Based on past experience, cramming before exams is not recommended. Students' performance on exams  has generally been below par when they resorted to studying for all material two to three days before an exam.

  • Participation:

Student participation is greatly encouraged, whether is in the form of questions, answers, opinions, or ideas. The instructor welcomes all forms of meaningful participation. Therefore, students who participate in class discussions on a consistent basis will receive the full credit allocated to participation. My lectures are done in a friendly, non-adversarial manner which is conducive to student participation. Please feel free to express your opinions, question the opinions of others, either those of classmates or mine, and offer your insight regarding the issues that will cover in the course of this semester.

  • Class policies:

    • Please arrive on time and take your seat quickly and quietly. I prefer that you choose a seat early in the semester and occupy that same seat on a consistent basis. Late arrivals will not be tolerated.  If you consistently arrive late because of other demands on your schedule, please drop the class.
    • Turn off all mobile phones, PDAs, etc. 
    • If you must leave early, please let your instructor know beforehand.
    • Talking to your classmates, reading newspapers, magazines, or material for other classes is not allowed during the lectures.
    • The instructor reserves the right to ask any students disrupting the normal flow of lectures to leave the classroom. Also, during exams you are to sit quietly before you receive the exams materials, during the exam, and after you finish the exam.  Please respect the right of your fellow students for peace and quite during exams.  Any and all attempts for cheating, plagiarism, or other inappropriate behavior is a cause for disciplinary action. The instructor intends to pursue these very serious matters to the fullest extend of the class, department, and university policies and regulations.
    • Make up exams are not possible before the scheduled day for final exams. Specifically, students will be required to make up an exam on that day only.   If you miss any one exam because of a medical emergency, you must show the instructor a note from your physician justifying your absence from an exam, quiz, etc. At my own discretion, I can offer the opportunity to students who must be absent from an exam because of personal and/or professional reasons the opportunity to make up the exam as discussed above. This will only be possible if the instructor is notified of the absence 24 or more hours prior to the regularly scheduled exam.  The final exam must be taken at its regularly scheduled time.
    • The instructor will not accept any late assignments.  The grade for late assignments will be 0 (zero). Pleading your case and/or begging for mercy will not be tolerated. All assignments must be turned in to the instructor in person or the secretary of the department by the close of business (i.e., 5 p.m.) on the due date. 
    • You are required to access this Web site on a weekly basis for announcements and course material.  From time to time I may send important/critical information via e-mail.  So be sure to 1) have a UTEP e-mail address and 2) check your e-mail at least weekly. You are entirely responsible for accessing your e-mail account on a frequent basis to check for any and all messages. Unfortunately, I cannot send any broadcast (i.e., to the entire class) e-mail messages to addresses outside the UTEP domain.
    • If you have a disability or feel you might have a disability and need assistance, contact the Disabled Student Services Office at 747-5148 or go to Room 106 Union East.
  • Academic Dishonesty:

The University of Texas at El Paso prides itself on its standards of academic excellence. In all matters of intellectual pursuit, UTEP faculty and students must strive to achieve based on the quality of the work produced by the individual. In the classroom and in all other academic activities, students are expected to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. Any form of scholastic dishonesty is an affront to the pursuit of knowledge and jeopardizes the quality of the degree awarded to all graduates of UTEP. It is imperative, therefore, that the members of this academic community understand the regulations pertaining to academic integrity and that all faculty insist on adherence to these standards.

Any student who commits an act of scholastic dishonesty is subject to discipline. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts. Proven violations of the detailed regulations, as printed in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) and available in the Office of the Dean of Students, may result in sanctions ranging from disciplinary probation, to failing grades on the work in question, to failing grades in the course, to suspension or dismissal, among others.

All research papers, term papers, or other writing intensive assignments must adhere to APA style. Students are expected to submit all papers with appropriate citation, references, etc. If you are unsure of the parameters of this writing style, please contact the instructor within the first week of classes for further information. Style guides are available in the University Bookstore.

  • Grading:

Your performance in the course will be determined using the following criteria and weights:

Exams (3) 45%
Group Case Analysis 30
Group Presentation 20
Attendance & Participation 5
Total 100%

Should you have questions or otherwise need clarification on any of the above matters, please stop by my office or contact me via e-mail