Culminating experience/capstone course for the Master of Business Administration degree. Requires application of all previous learned educational experiences in accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing. Extensive use of case analysis and strategic report writing is used to integrate all previous course materials in the analysis and resolution of complex business strategic planning problems. A final grade of “B” or higher must be achieved to satisfy graduation requirements. Prerequisite: Prior completion of at least 30 semester hours in the MBA program.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Prior completion of at least 30 semester hours in the MBA program.
Most current editions of the following:
Text #1 is recommended.
Essentials of Strategic Management
By Wheelen, Thomas and David Hunger (Prentice-Hall) Recommended
By Dess, Gregory, G.T. Lumpkin, and Marilyn Taylor (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Crafting and Executing Strategy
By Thompson, Arthur, A.J. Strickland, and John Gamble (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
By Wheelen, Thomas and David Hunger (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Identify the factors that impact strategic decision-making implementation and evaluation.
Conduct an organizational resource-based situational analysis, including a comprehensive environmental scan.
Develop comprehensive business strategies by identifying strategic options, including a “what-if” scenario analysis to evaluate action alternatives, make strategic decisions, and choose strategic options.
Evaluate corporate competitive positions and develop an understanding of the global marketplace and its impact on strategic analysis.
Evaluate strategic decisions, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and outcomes as demonstrated in effective, professional, and executive style written presentations.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
This course includes a written presentation component.
Strategic management process
Corporate governance and structure
External environmental analysis
Internal resource-based analysis
Strategic factors analysis (SWOT/TOWS)
Generation of strategic alternatives based on resource analysis
Evaluation of strategic alternatives and implementation processes
Implementation of strategic alternatives
Evaluation and monitoring strategic decisions
Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.