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Syllabus for MGMT 6300 - 18677

MGMT 6300 - 18677 Summer 2014

Course Number MGMT 6300 - 18677
Course Title Selected Topics in Management (China Study Abroad: Leadership and Practice in Action)
Location Vancouver
Prerequisites MGMT 6351
Instructor Jifu Wang Ph. D.
Office Brazos Hall 324 (Sugar Land)
Office Hours Mon 9AM- 11:30AM Sugar Land; or by appointment
Phone 832-842-3041
Fax 281-275-3056

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

This course is an application course that will build real managerial muscles because it offers a more integrated and systematic approach to the identification and appraisal of leadership resources and capabilities. The course will also draw upon recent contributions to the literature to discuss how leaders can create and develop organizational capabilities. 

Leadership management is a specialized subject to make a theoretical research and applied research comprehensively and systematically in the leadership management process. The purpose of this course is to integrate the traditional leadership study (the head) with conventional management (the body) and build leadership and management capabilities in students to become more valuable and competitive in the dynamic business world. Leadership resources and organizational capabilities or competencies are important both as a foundation for strategy formulation and the primary source of a firms profits. The resource-based approach to leadership management has been one of the most important theoretical streams of the new century and a major influence on strategic thinking and strategic planning among government departments and companies. Hence, the primary task of leadership management in business strategy is creating and sustaining competitive advantage. Competitive advantage results from the favorable deployment of leadership and management resources and capabilities. A distinguishing feature of this course is the emphasis on resources and capabilities as the foundation for competitive advantage and the way it introduced the resource-based approach as a practical and useful tool of leadership management. This course is an application course that will build real managerial muscles because it offers a more integrated and systematic approach to the identification and appraisal of leadership resources and capabilities. The course will also draw upon recent contributions to the literature to discuss how leaders can create and develop organizational capabilities The objectives of the course are not to teach theory, but to use theories to provide answers to the strategic decisions that business leaders face: What businesses should we be in? How to successfully handle institutional changes? How to serve customers from both the east and the west? And, above all, how are we to compete in order to establish and sustain a competitive advantage over rivals? Thus, while this course is rich in concepts and theoretical frameworks, its design is to offer insight into the leadership sources of superior performance and the ability to use that insight to make better strategic decisions. This program offers a more systematic assessments and managerial tools of global leaders and benefits of local differentiation. It incorporates recent research findings on how leaders can reconcile the competitive advantages in matching the internal resources with external challenges.

Textbook Information

Reading materials, assessment surveys leadership tools, (Required)Reading materials, assessment surveys leadership tools will be provided at

Bingxin Wu, New Perspective on Leadership Management, Chartridge Books Oxford, (Required)Electronic version will be provided at

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.

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:

Attendance and Quiz15 %
Class Discussion15 %
Peer Evaluation10 %
Reading Digest15 %
Learning Experiences in China10 %
Presentation15 %
Project20 %

Attendance and Quiz

Class Attendance /Quizzes: Attendance at ALL class sessions for the FULL CLASS PERIOD is expected. Absence in class is not tolerated, and will result in your grade being lowered. The quizzes will be multiple-choice questions and/or discussion questions. Textbooks and reading materials are the students responsibility and the inability of the student to secure materials is not a valid reason for late assignments or delay of a class.

Class Discussion

Class Discussion: Every student is expected to take an active part in class discussion activities each week, which is the major feature of this class. As a student, your responsibilities are not only learning but also contributing. I expect you to share your thoughts and insights with your classmates for the topics given every week. You are required to participate in every topic of the week. Food for discussions will come from three sources: the textbook, the readings and the cases.

Peer Evaluation

Peer Evaluation: The peer evaluations provide confidential feedback from your team members on your performance. It is expected that everyone contribute equally to the project efforts. However, if a group member does not pull his or her weight, his or her overall score will reflect this lack of effort.

Reading Digest

Reading Digest: You need to write a two-page essay about what you have learned from the book of New Perspective on Leadership Management. The due date is 11:59 pm August 8, 2013 (Wednesday), but you are strongly advised to complete the work before travel to China. More instructions will be provided.

Learning Experiences in China

Learning Experiences in China: You need to summarize your experiences accumulated in this class with a 2-page essay and share with your classmates. The due date is July 28 via email to


Presentation: Each group (4 people) will be presenting your learning experiences in class, and the time allocation for this activity will be 20 minutes. Format of presentation will be up to the group to decide. Creativeness is encouraged.


Self-Assessment Project: The requirements will be given in details in class. The due date is 11:59 pm August 8, 2013 (Wednesday).

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).