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Syllabus for MGMT 4322 - 22922

MGMT 4322 - 22922 Spring 2014

Course Number MGMT 4322 - 22922
Course Title Strategy and the Business Environment
Location Online
Prerequisites MGMT 3303 and ENGL 3430
Instructor Ehsan Fakharizadi
Office Brazos Hall 306 (Sugar Land)
Office Hours Tuesdays 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Sugar Land). Tuesdays 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM (Online).
Phone 832-842-2934
Faculty Homepage/URL http://

Prerequisite Policy

Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.

Course Description

Addresses strategy formulation in a diverse environment by providing an understanding of perspectives that form the context for business. Coverage includes ethical and global issues, the influence of political, social, legal and regulatory, environment and technological issues, and the impact of diversity on organizations. 

This course addresses topics regarding the interrelationship between the business, the government and the society in a diverse environment by providing an understanding of perspectives that form the context for business. Coverage includes business ethics, global issues, the influence of political, social, legal and regulatory, environment and technological issues on corporations, and the impact of diversity on organizations. Using a holistic approach, this course presents the interplay of various environmental factors that affect and are affected by businesses. Knowledge and understanding of such environmental aspects, which sometimes pose constraints on business actions, is necessary in order to formulate effective strategies.

Textbook Information

Steiner and Steiner, Business, Government and Society, 13th ed., Irwin/McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780078112676(Required)13th EDITION. (NOT the 12th EDITION) NOTE 1: Black and white version (ISBN: 9781121369344) specifically for our university might be available at our bookstore. It has a different ISBN number. Ask our bookstore for more information. NOTE 2: Used books are available on market too. NOTE 3: Be sure you obtain the text BEFORE classes begins. You need the text immediately. You can begin reading ahead chapters 1-6.

Information on Buying Textbooks

The Victoria College Bookstore carries textbooks for all UHV SBA courses.

Students may use the publishing information posted above to order their textbooks from their favorite book vendor. However, before doing so you should find out what your vendor's anticipated shipping time is, and what their return policy is. Also, you should not write in or remove shrinkwrap from any textbook or materials you purchase from any vendor until the first class day in the event that:

  • the vendor supplies you with the wrong edition of your text,
  • the course instructor is forced to make a late change to the required textbooks,
  • you are forced to make a last-minute change to your schedule due to missing prerequisites, or
  • your course is canceled due to low enrollment.

In addition, be aware that, on occasion, certain outside vendors may substitute an international version of a textbook for the version you have requested without notice. International versions of textbooks may be quite different from the editions we require.

Course Relationship to Program Mission

The School of Business Administration prepares students for entry level and professional positions in business. BBA graduates will:

  • Comprehend the business environment and functions.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate computer usage skills.
  • Employ ethical principles in all business situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively on teams in diverse organizations.

AACSB Accreditation Standards

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation adds value to your degree. The AACSB International accreditation standards require you to:

  • Operate with integrity in your dealings with faculty and other students.
  • Engage the learning materials with appropriate attention and dedication. (This standard recognizes the role students play in the creation of high-quality education. You cannot be passive, nor can your participation be superficial.)
  • Maintain your engagement when challenged by difficult learning activities.
  • Contribute to the learning of others. (Regardless of the delivery mode of the program, students should have opportunities to work together on some learning tasks. Students need to acknowledge their responsibilities to their fellow students by actively participating in group learning experiences.)
  • Perform to standards set by faculty.

Course Evaluation Process

Grading Scale:

Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.

A 90% or higher
B 80 to 89%
C 70 to 79%
D 60 to 69%
F Less than 60%

Course Assessments:

Class Discussion and Participation 20 %
Quizzes20 %
Individual Case Assignment20 %
Mid-term exam20 %
Final Exam20 %

Class Discussion and Participation

Students are expected to participate in case discussions in a constructive manner supporting objectives 1-5. This requires three activities:

1. Preparation prior to class. Students are expected to prepare prior to the beginning of each discussion by completing and studying ALL of the assigned readings for that week. Preparation will be assessed by a graded quiz over the chapter and/or readings. You will not be allowed to enter the related discussion until you complete the quiz. Assigned videos will not be on the quizzes.
2. Keeping abreast of the online discussions. You are required to read the posts of other students and to know the arguments that have been made and debated.
3. Active Contributions to discussions. Active contribution to the discussions means that as you learn from others, you must also share analyses with the class by discussing and presenting your ideas each week. I will continually monitor both the quantity and quality of participation. Your posts should contribute something new to the discussion. They should not merely repeat what has already been written. It is your responsibility to know what has already been written (see 2).

Absences from discussions are not excused for reasons other than an emergency, and students are expected to notify the instructor at the earliest time possible.


Quizzes will be given weekly to assess your preparation for the class and to take attendance. Quizzes will usually be at the beginning of the class.

Individual Case Assignment

Students will complete a written case analysis of a comprehensive business ethics case. Students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical knowledge such as stakeholders approach and ethical theories, and their ability to apply these to real business cases in order to support the formulation and implementation of successful business strategies and supporting the course objectives 1-6. The case will be split into part one, two, and three to provide you feedback before you complete next part of the case.
The length of final written case analysis is 5-7 pages of text (double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pt font) plus two pages of exhibits (if necessary) to support your analysis.

Mid-term exam

The midterm will consist of a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions, supporting objectives 1-5. You will be allotted 2 hours for the midterm.
Please plan to take the midterm during the scheduled time. Exceptions can only rarely be granted.

Final Exam

The final will consist of a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions, supporting objectives 1-6. You will be allotted 2 hours for the final.
Please plan to take the final during the scheduled time. Exceptions can only rarely be granted.

Reading Assessments

Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.

Makeup Exams

Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.

Late Assignments

The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.

Attendance Policy

According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.

Teaching and Learning Partnership

Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. To this end, I will respond to questions within 72 hours.  You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class.  You should check your UHV email frequently and respond to faculty in a timely fashion. Good business and professional etiquette is expected. No derogatory comments should be made. You may certainly disagree with others in class discussions, and you may state your disagreement (if you choose to); however, please do so in a polite manner.

Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.

Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.

Academic Honesty

Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.

  • Discussion of assignments with other students and members of the faculty is both permitted and encouraged as a constructive educational practice.
  • Students are expected to write their exams, quizzes and papers on their own, based on their individual level of progress with the material.
  • Copying of another’s work and representing it as one’s own work is a serious academic offense, and will be treated as such.
  • Students are encouraged to review materials other than those required for the course in preparing assignments, but should always properly cite any sources used in assignment preparation.

UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.

Disabled Student Policy

The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students with a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, the University of Houston-Victoria strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, please contact the UHV Office of Disability Services; Cheryl Worley, Manager; 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., University North, Suite 214H, Victoria, TX 77901. Office phone – 361-570-4287; Fax – 361-580-5504; E-mail; Website -

Student Absences on Religious Holidays

Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence.

Sexual Harassment

Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.

Grievance Procedures

Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.

Student Success Center Services

The Student Success Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Student Success Center online For more information about the Student Success Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).

Weekly Class Schedule

1Framework of Studying Business and External EnvironmentChapters 1 & 2Discussion Board (DB) 1
2Business PowerChapter 3DB 2
3Critics of BusinessChapter 4Quiz 1; DB 3
4Corporate Social ResponsibilityChapters 5 & 6Quiz 2; DB 4
5Business Ethics (I)Chapters 7DB 5
6Business Ethics (II)Chapter 8Quiz 3; DB 6
7Business and Government RelationshipChapters 9 & 10Quiz 4; Case Report I
8Globalization and MNCsChapter 11
8Midterm ExamChapter 1-10
9Spring Break (Mar 10 - Mar 16)
10Globalization and MNCsChapter 12Quiz 5; DB 7
11Business and Natural Environment (I)Chapter 13DB 8
12Business and Natural Environment (II)Chapter 14Quiz 6; Case Report II
13ConsumerismChapter 15Quiz 7
14Workplace and Human ResourcesChapters 16 & 17Quiz 8; DB 9
15Corporate GovernanceChapter 18Quiz 9; Case Report III
16Finish-up, Course Review, and Q&ADB 10
17Final ExamChapters 1-18