LED620 - Strategy and Decision-Making for Leaders

Outline info
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Subject Title
Strategy and Decision-Making for Leaders

Subject Description
This subject is designed to develop the student's strategic planning, tactial planning and decision-making competencies in order to become more effective leaders. It is ideally suited for students who are currently in leadership roles with some management experience, or those who have a strong desire to be in future leadership roles. Competency at a minimum of grade 12 English is required to be successful.

This highly interactive subject uses: experiential learning activities; group case studies and analysis; scenario-based problem solving activities; interactive lectures; hands on role plays, extensive classroom discussions; the creation and use of a personal leadership development plan (supported by coaching, mentoring and reflective journaling); and the preparation and presentation of a discussion paper on leadership. Through these various activities, the students will explore effective leadership skills from both a theoretical and practical perspective in order to apply them effectively in their personal and professional lives.

Credit Status
One full credit.

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

1. Select the appropriate strategic and tactical planning tools that can be applied in everyday business situations.
2. Recognize the existence, nature and scope of business issues, organizational challenges or individual problems before they become crisis level situations.
3. Create and implement effective tactical plans that best achieve the individual, team and organizational objectives.
4. Demonstrate effective decision making by using the appropriate techniques to address the business situation or challenge at hand.
5. Identify the available options and evaluate their potential to deal effectively with the complex challenges that require action from the individual, organization or team.
6. Utilize the strategic planning principles to support their business objectives in the decision making process.
7. Apply problem solving strategies to identify the obstacles preventing the individual, team or organization from achieving successful business plan implementation.
8. Analyze business situations and recommend optimum solutions within the scope of organizational capabilities and circumstances.
9. Apply creative and lateral thinking strategies to aid the decision making process, planning and implementation process.
10. Monitor and review departmental plans to ensure that the designated objectives are achieved.
11. Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement specific strategic, tactical and marketing plans that support the broader organizational vision.

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.


Topic Outline

  • Strategic Leadership for competitive advantage
  • External analysis: threats and opportunities
  • Internal analysis: competencies and competitive advantage
  • Building competitive advantage through functional level strategy
  • Building competitive advantage through business level strategy
  • Building competitive advantage through corporate level strategy
  • The implementation process
  • Managing and monitoring projects
  • Project management fundamentals
  • The decision making process and techniques
  • Creative and lateral thinking to support business strategy
  • Business plans
  • Marketing plans 

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: Theory & Cases:  An Integrated Approach
Edition:       11th Edition.
Author:        Hill / Jones / Shilling
Publisher:    Nelson Education.
ISBN:          9781285184487
(new edition Fall 2014)

Reference Material

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
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:   http:/senecacollege.ca/library

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Mid-Term Exam 20%
Case studies, group activities, assignments, personal development plan activities, and reports 40%
Discussion paper and presentation 20%
Final Exam 20%

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

Program Manager:
Danielle Mercier

Approved by: Jeff McCarthy