Whenever you see a successful business,
someone once made a courageous decision.
Peter F. Drucker
Business Management-BMGT 2303
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Your group should pick one book from the reading list posted. Accepted titles for review are:
Good to Great, by Jim Collins Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance, by Michael E. Porter The Principles of Scientific Management, by Fredrick Taylor The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman Out of Crisis, by W. Edwards Deming The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell Competing for the Future, by Gary Hamel and CK Prahalad Built to Last, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras The Practice of Management, by Peter Drucker Competitive Strategy, by Michael Porter The Art of War, by Sun Tzu (also under the names Sunzi or Sun, Bin) Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life, by Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuff The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola, and Other Top Companies are Honing Their Perormance, by Peter Pande, Robert Neuman, and Roland Cavanagh. Competitive Advantage: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, by Michael E. Porter
You should pick a book to read from the list. Most of the books can be found in any public or academic library. You do not need to purchase the book.
After you read the book, write a review explaining the theory or theories detailed in the book. DO NOT PLAGERIZE from the websites available. Use your own words. No more than one short quote is allowed. The paper should be about what you learned from reading the book -- not someone else’s ideas. You paper should be 3 to 4 pages, double spaced, one inch margins, normal font. I’ll read for content, but remember that grammar and spelling are important.
Discuss the author’s approach to strategy or management. What does the author believe is the most important issue in strategy/management? Discuss why he/she thinks this is important. Pick out three points that managers can use to improve their performance. How might you use each in your job or how might you want to see your company use each of these? (If you are not currently working, use examples from an organization in which you participate or a class you’ve taken.)
1. Choose a book.
2. Obtain a library card/student ID. You may get a library card, which is also your student identification card, from any LSC campus. If you are not on campus, you may request a card online.
3. After making your book selection, check the library catalog for available copies. The library catalog will show holdings of the Lone Star College System Libraries as well as Montgomery County and Harris County Public Libraries. If a copy is located at your local college or public library, proceed to that location and check out the book. If a copy is located at a location other than your local library, you may use your library card to request that a copy be sent to your current location. Requesting that a book be transferred to a different location may take several days, so allow time.
The LSCS Libraries' Online Databases are good places to go for information about what is being written about books listed in the assignment. If you would like to look up book reviews or articles written about your book, use the Business Source Complete Database.
Research and Assignment Questions
If you have questions concerning the assignment, please contact your instructor, Linda Holcomb, through Angel email. If you have questions about finding a book or other library related research questions, please email your librarian, Hope Beggan, or call the Reference Desk at 281-312-1693.Writing Help
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