Discussion 1: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Strategic Leadership.Ã¢â‚¬Â Students will respond to the following:
o Explain why the strategic control exercised by a firmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strategic leaders is important for long-term competitiveness.
o Explain how strategic controls differ from financial controls.
o As a strategic leader, would you feel ethically responsible for developing your firmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s human capital? Why or why not?
– Do you believe that your position is consistent with the majority or minority of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strategic leaders?
Ã‚Â· Discussion 2: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Strategic Entrepreneurship.Ã¢â‚¬Â Students will respond to the following:
o Is the term Ã¢â‚¬Å“corporate entrepreneurshipÃ¢â‚¬Â an oxymoron? In other words, can corporationsÃ¢â‚¬â€especially large onesÃ¢â‚¬â€be innovative? Explain your answer.
o The economies of countries such as Russia and China have historically been operated through centralized bureaucracies. Recommend what can be done to infuse such economies with a commitment to corporate entrepreneurship and the innovation resulting from it.
o Are strategic alliances a way to enhance a firmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s technological capacity or are they used more commonly to maintain pace with technological developments in a companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s industry? In other words, are strategic alliances a tool of firms that have a technological advantage, or are they a tool of technologically disadvantaged companies? Explain your answer.