IAF831 - International Strategic Management

Outline info
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Subject Title
International Strategic Management

Subject Description
Many Canadian organizations compete in evolving, competitive international environments. In order to succeed, these businesses require complex integrative strategies. This course provides students with a range of strategic frameworks, concepts and tools. Through the use of case studies, students are challenged to analyze complex business situations, develop and evaluate alternatives and recommend courses of action.The fundamental objective of the course is for students to develop the skills to be effective global managers.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Bachelor of Commerce - International Accounting and Finance degree programs

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Understand the language, structure and processes for developing corporate strategies.

2. Apply strategic management concepts, research tools and application theories.

3. Assess the external environment identifying opportunities, threats and competitor analysis.

4. Assess the internal environment identifying resources, capabilities and competencies.

5. Formulate and justify a strategic approach to a business situation.

6. Evaluate the unique challenges of entering the global marketplace and incorporate approaches to them in a strategic direction.

7. Analyze the use of mergers and acquisitions as part of corporate strategies.

8. Interpret the importance of organizational structure and controls to successful strategy implementation.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

IAF640, IAF540 and LSP700

Mode of Instruction

A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Prescribed Texts
TITLE: Strategic Management:  A Competitive Advantage Approach, Concepts & Cases
EDITION: (16th Ed.)
AUTHOR: David, F. R. and David, F. R. (2015),  Florence, SC:
PUBLISHER: Pearson Education, Inc.
ISBN: 9780134471853

Reference Material
Guide to Research and Citation MLA Style, Latest Ed.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation


  • Case analyses must be typed or prepared using a word processor and if applicable a spreadsheet.
  • Student participation is a key element of success. Prompt completion and submission of case analyses, class attendance and participation in discussions are all elements of success. It is expected that all assigned reading and discussion cases preparation will be completed before class and students will fully participate in class case discussions.
  • Due dates have been pre-arranged and are not negotiable. If a submission is missed, the student must provide the reason in writing within one week. If accepted, the marks will be added to the final examination; otherwise a zero grade will be assigned for the missed submission.

All written work must display the following characteristics of clarity and conciseness.

  • be technically correct, i.e. correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • use appropriate vocabulary
  • display no sentence errors, i.e. fragments and run-ons
  • make a clear main point
  • support the main point with specific, relevant examples and reasons.
  • organize the work in a clear fashion (e.g. headings, paragraphs, enumerations)
  • organize the work in the correct format (e.g. reports, essays)
  • display an attractive layout
For financially oriented submissions, note that in addition to the above requirements, schedules and financial statements must be presented in good accounting form. Marks will be deducted for poor presentation.

Late Assignments and Tests


1. Test and exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.
2. Tests or exams missed for any reason, other than illness, will result in a zero grade. In the case of illness, a validated doctor’s certificate must be presented within one week of returning to the college.
3. On any test or exam, up to 10 % of the marks on that test or exam may be deducted for poorly presented work, misspelled words and poor usage of  language.

Late Assignments

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date for submission.  Any extensions must be negotiated in advance.  Assignments are considered one day late at the conclusion of the class date submission day and 10% will be deducted for every day thereafter until  the late mark accumulated total reaches 20 at which time it will be listed as non-submitted and receive a zero grade.

English Competency

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this subject in both oral and written work. Strive to be clear and concise. Ensure your written work is consistent with the rules of English grammar, especially in sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. Always spell-check, edit, and proof-read your work. 

Language Across the Curriculum Rubric

Clear   Confusing  
Good Detail   Lacks Detail  
Easy to follow   Difficult to follow  
Answers Question   Evades Question  

Seneca College Library Resources
Be sure to begin all your research, assignment support and career preparation at the Seneca College libraries website http://library.senecacollege.ca where you will find information about our services and collections including, print and e-books, databases that will lead you to thousands of articles in magazines, newspapers, journals, encyclopedias, carefully selected websites, how-to tutorials, streamed videos and much more.

Accounting & Financial Services Subject Guide
Go to http://seneca.libguides.com/content.php?pid=51134&hs=a for an online customized guide for accounting and financial services students that meets specific program needs – you will find library resources, websites, industry associations and organizations, a business glossary, career sites for accounting and financial services students and more.

For rules on citing your sources, consult Seneca Libraries' online MLA Citation Guide at http://seneca.libguides.com/mla, or purchase a print copy of the Guide to Research & Citation: MLA Style in the Seneca Bookstore.
Ensure that you do not commit plagiarism. Information on academic honesty, including the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism tutorial is available through the library at: http://seneca.libguides.com/academichonesty.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Program Coordinator
Cynthia Duncan

Approved by: Academic Program Manager - Business Studies Danielle Mercier