Integrative Capstone Project 4 Credit Equivalent

Critique the selected business organization from a managerial perspective, and solve business problems/issues using a multifunctional strategy.

Projects

Number Title Description Credit Equivalent
ICP 400 Designing Solutions for Business Challenges

Students identify an organization and work in teams of three to four people to collectively identify business challenges for the organization, design solutions for the business’s challenges, identify one best possible solution, and formulate the solution. Students also design a mechanism to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution on a regular basis. Students work in teams and evaluate team members’ performance on different aspects of the project.

Required text: Students may need to purchase a case assigned by instructors from such sources as Harvard Business School Cases. The cost of the case is expected to be at or under $20 per student.

  • Prioritize business challenges using qualitative and quantitative criteria.
  • Develop solution approaches for a business challenge from a multifunctional perspective.
  • Select and justify an appropriate approach to a business challenge.
  • Propose the solution, and develop a plan to measure and monitor its effectiveness.

Prerequisites:

  • HRM 300: Introduction to the HRM Function

    HRM 300: Introduction to the HRM Function

    In this project, students will learn about the role of the human resource management within organizations. Upon completing this project, students will understand how human resource management broadly contributes to organizational strategy, the difference between strategic and transactional human resource management, and how the human resource management function provides support to other business areas. Students will also learn basic skills in the human resource management functional areas of job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, development, compensation, employee relations, employment/labor law, ethics, and performance management.

    Required text: None.

    • Describe the role of human resource management within organizations.
    • Evaluate practices and procedures in human resource functional areas to meet organizational goals.
    • Apply different types of performance management techniques based on situational context.
    • Analyze and interpret human resource metrics across functional areas.
    • Describe the implications of employment and labor law.
    • Apply ethical practices related to human resource management.
  • STMG 400: Strategic Management

    STMG 400: Strategic Management

    For this project, students will be introduced to strategic management, the different levels of planning in an organization, and the organizational structure as it pertains to planning. They will demonstrate an understanding of the different ways to view strategy, the purpose of strategy, and its historical value. They will also demonstrate an understanding of structure and how it complements strategy. Students will then analyze the process of conducting a SWOT and then analyze an organization and its external environment (for which the information gathered will be utilized to support decision making that will lead to a competitive advantage). Generic and corporate strategies are explored regarding strategic implementation, and this will accompany feedback mechanisms to demonstrate progress toward a strategic goal. Lastly, the project finishes with a synthesis of techniques. Students will analyze a local organization and its setting, seek out opportunities and risks, and provide a set of recommendations that they believe will lead to a competitive advantage.

    Required text: Saylor Academy, Mastering Strategic Management.  (Materials provided with project.)

    • Recognize the hierarchy of planning within an organization.
    • Apply strategic management tools and principles to measure and achieve organizational objectives.
    • Develop a strategic plan for an organization.
    • Prepare an implementation strategy for a strategic plan.
    • Design feedback mechanisms that lead to continuous improvement.
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Number
ICP 400
Title
Designing Solutions for Business Challenges
Description

Students identify an organization and work in teams of three to four people to collectively identify business challenges for the organization, design solutions for the business’s challenges, identify one best possible solution, and formulate the solution. Students also design a mechanism to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution on a regular basis. Students work in teams and evaluate team members’ performance on different aspects of the project.

Required text: Students may need to purchase a case assigned by instructors from such sources as Harvard Business School Cases. The cost of the case is expected to be at or under $20 per student.

  • Prioritize business challenges using qualitative and quantitative criteria.
  • Develop solution approaches for a business challenge from a multifunctional perspective.
  • Select and justify an appropriate approach to a business challenge.
  • Propose the solution, and develop a plan to measure and monitor its effectiveness.

Prerequisites:

  • HRM 300: Introduction to the HRM Function

    HRM 300: Introduction to the HRM Function

    In this project, students will learn about the role of the human resource management within organizations. Upon completing this project, students will understand how human resource management broadly contributes to organizational strategy, the difference between strategic and transactional human resource management, and how the human resource management function provides support to other business areas. Students will also learn basic skills in the human resource management functional areas of job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, development, compensation, employee relations, employment/labor law, ethics, and performance management.

    Required text: None.

    • Describe the role of human resource management within organizations.
    • Evaluate practices and procedures in human resource functional areas to meet organizational goals.
    • Apply different types of performance management techniques based on situational context.
    • Analyze and interpret human resource metrics across functional areas.
    • Describe the implications of employment and labor law.
    • Apply ethical practices related to human resource management.
  • STMG 400: Strategic Management

    STMG 400: Strategic Management

    For this project, students will be introduced to strategic management, the different levels of planning in an organization, and the organizational structure as it pertains to planning. They will demonstrate an understanding of the different ways to view strategy, the purpose of strategy, and its historical value. They will also demonstrate an understanding of structure and how it complements strategy. Students will then analyze the process of conducting a SWOT and then analyze an organization and its external environment (for which the information gathered will be utilized to support decision making that will lead to a competitive advantage). Generic and corporate strategies are explored regarding strategic implementation, and this will accompany feedback mechanisms to demonstrate progress toward a strategic goal. Lastly, the project finishes with a synthesis of techniques. Students will analyze a local organization and its setting, seek out opportunities and risks, and provide a set of recommendations that they believe will lead to a competitive advantage.

    Required text: Saylor Academy, Mastering Strategic Management.  (Materials provided with project.)

    • Recognize the hierarchy of planning within an organization.
    • Apply strategic management tools and principles to measure and achieve organizational objectives.
    • Develop a strategic plan for an organization.
    • Prepare an implementation strategy for a strategic plan.
    • Design feedback mechanisms that lead to continuous improvement.
Credit Equivalent
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