Program Description and Syllabus
Fall, Winter, Spring 1998-99 Coordinated Study
Faculty Introduction and 
Learning Objectives
Papers Winter Syllabus
Schedule Weekly Program Schedule Credit Options Fall Syllabus
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Cynthia Kennedy (X5009) ( SE3164
Marge Mohoric (X6757) ( SE 3125
Dean Olson (X6433) ( SE3152



Introduction and Learning Objectives

This program is shaped by the belief that liberal arts graduates bring a special kind of talent to the study and practice of business management. Liberal arts graduates are big picture thinkers. They are skilled at framing the larger issues that drive strategic thinking in public and private organizations. Liberal arts graduates, and Evergreen graduates in particular, learn how to use collaborative processes to span and build upon differences between theory and application, race, ethnicity, gender, and discipline. They do this by becoming strong critical thinkers and active listeners. They do this by communicating ideas clearly in written format and oral forum and by reasoning about ethical principles and moral outcomes. Liberal arts graduates will know enough about finance, marketing, organizational development, and production to know when this expertise is needed and how to get it but will not devote the bulk of their educational resources to any given area of specialized knowing. Their special skill is in putting these and other elements together into a comprehensive strategic plan which will be competitively successful and ethically consistent with their sense of what is right, just and fair.

The Strategic Business Policy program aims to make meaningful progress toward these learning objectives:
(1) Writing clear and well-structured essays and reports;
(2) Listening actively and reading effectively;
(3) Expressing ideas clearly and supporting argumentation effectively;
(4) Developing strategic planning skills;
(5) Strengthening small group interaction skills;
(6) Defining ethical parameters for business policy makers.

This is a full time year long coordinated study program. The program seeks to identify the larger social, political, economic and environmental issues impacting business policy makers as we enter the 21st century and to equip students with planning and thinking skills to be effective as policy makers.

Fall quarter seminar discussions and lectures are devoted to identifying and learning more about domestic issues. Our objective is to begin to identify critical factors that frame the work of strategic planning. Readings invite us to think about changes within the United States regarding class structure, gender roles, family and work life issues, government policies which impact business planning, and environmental issues. Skill workshops explore quantitative tools and the dynamics of small groups in task oriented environments. Research papers and presentations complement, refine and further our understanding of these issues.

Winter quarter readings will broaden the inquiry to the international context. Readings will examine environmental and workplace issues in less developed countries, the role of international financial institutions, regional trade agreements, the importance of international trade to the domestic economy, and so on. Lectures, discussion forum and paper topics will complement and broaden our understanding of these issues. Workshops will continue, as will strategic management case studies. Students will write two-page seminar papers and team case reports in selected weeks. Their final project will be to write a business case study–topic to be chosen by their team (maximum 20 pages with exhibits).

Spring quarter is devoted in part to computerized business simulation. Student teams will make the full range of decisions required to operate a business successfully in a global economy. Simulation will intensify the small group learning opportunity. We will learn what it is like to design and implement a strategic plan in a competitive industry. Final team retrospective reports, individual journals and periodic discussions will glean insights from the simulation. Students must take eight core program credits, and are encouraged to blend internships with the spring academic program.

Weekly Program Schedule

Monday           Lecture/discussion (1-3 PM)
Tuesday          Seminar (9-11 AM)
                         Workshop (1230-230 PM)
Wednesday     Faculty Conferences (by appointment)
Thursday          Business Strategy Game team time
                         Workshop (1230-230 PM) (optional for 8 credit students)
Credit Options

1. 16 cr. full program = MTuTh classes, business simulation game (BSG), seminar, (15-20 pg.) research paper and journals
2. 12 cr. = 8 cr. core, plus 4 cr. research paper (8-10 pg.); plus 4 credits outside of program if desired
3. 8 cr. core = MTu classes, BSG, journals
4. 8 cr. core plus 8 cr. internship

Credit Equivalencies

Business policy, international trade, business ethics, strategic planning, financial management, organizational behavior, business simulation, group dynamics, leadership, total quality management, regional trade agreements.


    Lecture & Discussion 
    Lab I 1047
    Seminar 9-11am (Lib.1505 Olson; L1507 Kennedy; L1509 Mohoric) 

    Workshop 12:30-2:30 

    Seminar BSG team time 

    Workshop 12:30-2:30 

    Lab I 1050
    Wk 1 
    Quarter overview 

    Business Simulation Game (BSG) overview

    Seminar: Yellow Wallpaper (handout) 

    Workshop: Team Formation (General Computing Center) (all)

    Seminar: BSG time. 

    Workshop: BSG financials (DO)

    Wk 2 

    4 5

    Organization development (MM) Seminar: OD readings (handout)  

    BSD #1 Due 

    Workshop: Journal Writing

    Seminar: BSG time. 

    Workshop: Marketing (CK)

    BSD to CK at sem. (disk & copy); discuss Res. paper w/faculty
    Wk 3 


    Organization theory (CK/DO) Seminar: OD readings (handout) 
    BSD #2 Due
    Workshop: Macro economics (DO)
    Seminar: BSG time. 

    Workshop: Research Methods

    Journals due to faculty by Thur. workshop; Res. paper paragraph due
    Wk 4 


    Creating learning organizations (MM) Seminar: Katzenback & Smith 
    BSD #3 Due
    Workshop: Quality improvement (MM)
    Seminar: BSG time. 

    Workshop: Writing research papers (CK)

    5-yr strategic plan (yr. 11-15) due with BSD #3)
    Wk 5 


    Monetary policy (DO) Seminar: Grieder 
    BSD #4 Due
    Workshop: Reading financial news (DO)
    Seminar: BSG time. 

    Workshop: Effective presentations (CK/MM)

    Journals due;
    Wk 6 


    Guest speaker 

    (WA. Business)

    Seminar: Hogan 

    BSD #5 Due 

    Workshop: Understanding organizational behavior (MM)

    Seminar: BSG time. 

    Workshop: Research paper, meetings with faculty

    Peer evaluations due with BSD#5; Res. paper outline due
    Wk 7 


    Guest speaker 

    Greg Weeks

    Seminar: Bok 

    BSD #6 Due 

    Workshop: BSG Presentations (yr. 11-15)

    Seminar: BSG time. 
    BSD #7 Due
    Workshop: BSG presentations (yr. 11-15)
    5-yr strategic plan (yr. 16-20) due w/ BSD #6) 

    Journals due 

    Wk 8 


    Managing workplace diversity (CK) Seminar: Tan 

    BSD #8 Due 

    Workshop: Diversity case

    Seminar: BSG time. 

    BSD #9 Due 

    Workshop: Diversity panel

    Research paper rough draft due
    Wk 9 


    Summative lectures
    Seminar: Morrison 

    BSD #10 Due 

    Workshop: Research paper presentations

    Seminar: BSG time. 

    Workshop: Research Paper presentations

    Journals due; final research papers due 
    Wk 10
    Memorial Day
    Seminar: Summative discussions 

    Workshop: Round Table Presentations

    Workshop: Potluck!  
  • Spring Quarter Required Readings


    1. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) (handout)
    2. Organizational development (OD) readings (handout)
    3. Organizational development (OD) readings (handout)
    4. Katzenback, Jon & Smith, Douglas, The Wisdom of Teams (1994)
    5. Grieder, William, Secrets of the Temple.
    6. Hogan, Linda, Mean Spirit (1990)
    7. Bok, Sissela, Lying. (1978)
    8. Tan, Amy, The Kitchen God’s Wife (1991)
    9. Morrison, Toni, Beloved (1987)