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MBA 790 Strategic Management “Live Case Seminar”: Home Spring 2023

Developed for Dr. Mostashari & Dr. Seibert by Dan Maynard

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Group Written Report assignment

This assignment is based on building  a professional deliverable using APA style. The final report is not to exceed five (5) pages of text, not including the title page, references page, tables, figures, and appendices.

WK 1: Orientation, download the APA Template for your Written Report.

WK 1.5: Use the NAICS Code to look-up the IBISWorld report(s). Use your Blackboard username and password if you are off-campus and are asked to authenticate.

WK 2-6: contact Dan Maynard to schedule team consultations as needed (one or more members of the team). Sessions are subject to availability.

WK 7: Review Written Report Rubric

WK 8: APA Written Report Final upload: To include: A revised and updated Written Report based on feedback from the WK 7 Draft Assignment and your current work. 75 points. Due 8:00 PM, Friday 3/3. Upload to Bb in MS Word only, other formats will not be scored. One upload allowed.

Guidelines for this assignment

WK 4 Recap of Group Meetings

This is a summary of the "take-aways" and "next steps" from prior team meetings with faculty. 

  1. Establish a collaborative relationship with your client. This requires frequent meetings with your client--a weekly meeting would be ideal. 
  2. Establish a collaborative meeting with your SBTDC Advisor early. Your SBTDC Advisor may know important information about your client's business, as well as your client's management style, strengths and weaknesses. 
  3. Complete the NxLeveL worksheet introduced on week #2. This provides a foundation for understanding goals, objectives, mission, industry and the business fit with the industry. The better you do this task, the better your "graded" paper will be--we are looking for thorough written reports.
  4. Utilize the Baldrige AWMP survey to analyze strengths and identify possible opportunities for improvement. You can use this to identify and prioritize areas for continuing your primary and secondary research efforts. 
  5. Follow-up with your SBTDC Advisor for the ProfitCents reports and the Baldridge Survey on your client. .
  6. DO THE WORK. Be on top of the tasks and assignments.



  1. Stay on schedule—don’t deviate. Your grade is tied to completing the tasks on time. 
  2. The purpose of the entry and contracting meeting is to review the scope letter.
  3. Discovery and dialogue begins after the entry and contracting meeting. 
  4. You can invite your SBTDC Advisor to join the contracting meeting, but it’s not a requirement. 
  5. Your SBTDC Advisor is responsible for getting you the Baldrige and ProfitCents information.
  6. It’s your responsibility to review that as part of the SWOT analysis that you will review with your SBTDC Advisor in week #5. 

Dan's office hours

Wiggins Library Reference Desk: T-W-TR 8:00am - 10:30am (WML  first floor and via "Chat" from the "Ask a Librarian" icon on the Wiggins Memorial Library homepage).

School of Business: W 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Room 118, across from the POD).

Hours subject to change. Other hours available by appointment (contact me by email)

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Scope Note

MBA 790 MC01 21SU2 (39) SLO1 Create professional and effective written documents. Measurement: Students will write an APA style final written report. Written Report Student teams will prepare a written report-outline in week #5; draft in week #6 and final in week #7 to be shared with the faculty only (not the client). The written report-final should not exceed 15 pages, exclusive of attachments and exhibits. Refer to Blackboard for the MBA 790 Writing Rubric.

Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. (2015). Are we making progress [Survey]? National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Small Business Technology Development Center, North Carolina State University. (date of report). Performance review (for the period ended mm/dd/yyyy) [Financial analysis for XYZ Co.]. ProfitCents.