ALS 354: Bioscience Strategy
Course Number: ALS 354
Course Name: Bioscience Strategy
No. Units: 3.0
Faculty/Instructor(s): Jay I. Chok
This course is designed to develop the “general management point of view” among participants. This point of view is the best vantage point for making decisions that affect long run business performance. It views the firm as a whole, and examines how policies in each functional area are integrated into an overall competitive strategy. To achieve this overarching objective (i.e. help participants develop a general management perspective), we will devote the majority of our class time to the analysis and discussion of selected management, competitive strategy, and business policy cases. Occasional lectures will be given to elaborate on key theoretical models and frameworks or to reinforce crucial concepts. These lectures, however, will be subordinate to the case analysis. Cases provide a natural “test-bed” for theory and provide vivid examples that aid memory of concepts. While nothing can surpass first hand personal industry and managerial experience as a basis for analysis and decision-making, case analysis is an indispensable proxy for the kind of knowledge that can only be gained through years of experience and research. A mix of old and new business cases has been selected on a range of companies with particular focus to industry settings associated with healthcare issues, bioscience innovations and other science-based businesses with similar dynamics.
The main ALS 354 case reader can be purchased from either the Huntley Bookstore or the HBS website. Due to the vigorous enforcement of copyrights by Harvard Business School, it is mandatory that students purchase the case reader. Any unauthorized copying of Harvard Business School cases will be treated as a KGI honor code violation. All other readings will be available on the on-line Sakai system within the ALS 354 course.
Mandatory for first year MBS students
Students will learn to:
- develop the perspective of a general manager and identify strategic issues commensurate with this perspective.
- develop diagnostic reasoning skills that help determine appropriate courses of strategic action.
- present strategic arguments in a persuasive manner.
- use professional skills in the areas of teamwork
Class Participation 30%
Quizzes (Take 7, drop 2) 10%
Homework Assignments 20%
Written Report (Group) 20%
Final Exam 20%