|The traditional name of this course, "Business Policy," though not as precise and descriptive as many other course names, is actually quite appropriate because it connotes a general management perspective, the importance of people in moving an organization toward its goals, openness to many modes of thinking, and the critical link between strategy and implementation. What the title does not fully convey is that the course also provides an opportunity and context for you to explore your personal career strategy.
By the end of the course students should: 1) feel comfortable in working in a strategy versus maintenance space; 2) be more fluent in using the vocabulary and tools of leading strategy and management consultants; 3) know when the specialized knowledge and techniques that form much of the M.B.A. curriculum are useful, and when they are not; 4) have a better sense of what are the important strategic questions; and 5) have a deeper understanding of their own career and personal strategy.
WARNING LABEL: Although the course familiarizes the student with current and past practice in strategic thinking and implementation, I also organize the learning environment as a forum for challenging current approaches and dogma, and as a place to experiment with some new ways to think about business practice. On the basis of past experience, students who like to explore a variety of ways of thinking and learning about strategy (which I believe is an inherently open-ended topic) will probably enjoy the structure of this class.