Strategic Management

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 288

       Course Name: Strategic Management

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Twelve hours of MGT courses or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is an integrative learning experience in strategic management focusing on concepts and their application to a variety of business functions. Content covers identifying problems, analyzing solutions, decision-making, and formulating a workable plan. Course is designed as a capstone for the management curriculum.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To understand current business world environments
  2. To develop skills in thinking strategically about a wide variety of business situations.
  3. To integrate concepts and techniques in decision making and problem solving found in various levels of business with an application emphasis.
  4. To evaluate the opportunities and threats to a firms competitive environment.
  5. To study the strategies of firms through cases which illustrate both successes and failures.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

The concept of strategic formulation
The case study model and introduction to the simulation
Implementation principles
Competitive advantage
Structure and process in strategy
Strategy and behavioral implications
Strategy for the Service Industry
Strategy for Manufacturing
Technology and Innovation
Environmental Forces
Strategic Planning and Policy

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Presentation will include lecture, class discussion, readings, team simulation, guest speakers, exercises and case studies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading assignments
Written assignments
Oral presentations
Case Studies
Team projects

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

trategic Management by Hill and Jones, 2003 Houghton Mifflin
Reading from Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine
Journal articles

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are based on written assignments, classroom presentations, case briefs and    attendance
40% Case Studies
30% Written Assignments
30% Planning Assignment

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.