Spring Semester 2011
Man 385 – Unique #04545
John N. Doggett
Thursdays from 5:10 to 6:10 pm or by appointment
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Vivek Ponnada Vivek.Ponnanda@mba11.mccombs.utexas.edu -------------------------------------------------
The growth of China, India, Brazil and a host of other emerging economies have fundamentally changed how we think about global business. This course will help you understand how managers anticipate and respond to competitive pressures in a rapidly changing global marketplace. It will help you enhance your analytical, decision-making and implementation skills in an intense, highly competitive classroom environment. It will also help you understand and apply analytical tools used by managers and management consultants to exploit competitive opportunities and effectively respond to competitive threats.
This course will focus on significant international marketing, managerial and operational challenges and opportunities from the perspective of managers with decision-making responsibility in many parts of the world. We will pay significant attention to the impact the growth of the Chinese and Indian economies are having on the rest of the world. We will also explore the impact that Globalization and Sustainability are having on how people manage, work and live. Leadership and this Course
Each of you must participate in a group case analysis competition during the semester. The goal of this case competition is to give you experience working together under tremendous pressure within a short time frame when the choice of strategies to pursue is not clear. Each of you will be "energetically" questioned by me during the in class case competition.
This case competition will help you develop your leadership skills in a number of ways. First, you will learn how to manage groups of peers where each student cannot be the group leader. Second, you will learn to manage a decision making process with inadequate information and time. Finally, by observing and reflecting on the dynamics of your team and your interaction with me during the classroom competition, you will develop a deeper understanding of what leadership requires.
Books: I have assigned three books that will help you understand the dynamics of global management. While I have not assigned specific pages for you to read each week, you cannot pass the midterm without reading all three books.
Getting India and China Right: Strategies for Leveraging the World's Fastest Growing Economies for Global Advantage by Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang, Jossey-Bass, 2009.
When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order by Martin Jacques, Penguin Press HC, 2009.
Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation by Nandan Nilekani, Penguin, 2010.
Course Requirements and Grading
Class Participation = 50%
This course will require a minimum of 14 hours of work per class. You must spend at least 3 hours analyzing each case and at least 1 hour preparing an action plan that is supported by rigorous analysis for each case prior to class.
Each student must also join a study group of fellow students and spend a minimum of one hour discussing each case prior to class. During our class sessions, each student must be prepared to actively participate in the discussion of every case.
Your class participation grade will be based primarily on the quality of your comments, not on the quantity. Comments that demonstrate a thorough analysis of the issues presented by each case, an awareness and appreciation of the comments made by fellow students,...
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