GRADUATE PROGRAM IN MANAGEMENT NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DEVELOPMENT AT PEKING UNIVERSITY Foundations of Strategic Management Fall 2018 Professor Xuanli Xie Class: Tuesday 9-12noon Room: Small Class Room Office Hours: By appointments Phone: 6276 6993 Email: [email protected] Course Description This course is designed primarily for doctoral students or advanced master’s students who expect to conduct research in strategic management or related academic areas. It offers a comprehensive survey of the most essential strategic management literature, covering milestone works, fundamental research topics, as well as major theoretical perspectives. It addresses both content and process issues of strategy and reviews conceptual works as well as empirical studies, with an emphasis on the most representative classic works in the field. More detailed coverage of specific streams of research focusing on cutting-edge methodologies will be provided in Organization Theory and Innovation & Entrepreneurship, sequels to this course. Each week we will examine a major topic area. Our approach will typically involve reading the seminal works (or recent summaries or syntheses) on the topic and examining in depth about 5 articles. Further readings are suggested for interested students to explore the topic in more depth. Course Requirements This course is organized as a seminar, which means that each and every student is required to read, prepare, present, and discuss the required readings. The students should be able to intelligently critique the articles assigned, find potential linkages among the different articles, discover possible patterns that might emerge from a set of readings, or to identify theoretical gaps as well as methodological deficiencies in the readings. Class participation and contribution are an important and indispensable part of the course for the student. It counts for 50% of a student’s final course grade. At the end of the semester, each student will write a fully-developed research proposal dealing with a topic in the strategy field, and present it to the full class in the last class period. The proposal is expected to include 1) conceptual background, 2) theory development and hypotheses, and 3) methodology. The proposal should clearly specify the potential contribution it makes to the literature. The research proposal and its presentation account for 50% of a student’s final course grade. A Note on Class Participation Class participation has three components: I. II. Weekly contributions to the class discussions, and Digesting all the readings for the session and prepare a journal that summarizes each paper in the session. This journal should contain two components for each topic: a) A summary of important ideas, concepts, theories, models, methods, results, and conclusions for each reading. One to two pages should be devoted to each reading. Keeping notes on articles that you read is an excellent habit to establish that will save you time and energy in the future. Including copies of any summary models or tables in the journal will help refresh your memory of the article as you go back to it in the future. b) An evaluation and extension statement of the literature. This statement should be approximately one page and address key strengths (contributions) as well as weaknesses in the readings for the session (e.g. What are the three to five most interesting patterns or findings that have been encountered by researchers of this topic? How confident are you in the robustness and persistence of each finding? ) This statement should also outline three to five most interesting avenues or ideas that now need to be studied within this topic area and develop at least three original and testable research propositions that address the topic of discussion. Students are often asked to share their ideas from their journals during class. Journals should be brought to each class. III. Serving as "session leader" and conducting an in-depth oral critique of one of the article for the session, paying close attention to the following questions (There are altogether 5 required readings for each session): • What question is the author trying to address? How important is this question? • What assumptions does the author make? How valid are these assumptions? • How does the author address the research question? If this is an empirical piece, is the methodology appropriate? • What conclusions and implications does the author draw? Are th

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