ADMS 1000 COURSE OUTLINE
INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATIVE STUDIES:
THE CONTEXT OF BUSINESS
Course Director: Dr. Peter Tsasis,MBA , PhD, FACHE
Email Contact: [email protected]
Phone Contact: 416-736-2100 ext 22171
Website Access through: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/sas/courses.html
Lecture Hall: TEL 0016 Section: T (Tuesdays 8:30am) Office: HNES 421 (by appt)
This course offers an examination of the external context of business and the challenges of managing in the
Canadian business environment. Our exploration of the external context of business includes consideration of such
key areas as economic, competitive, labour, technological, societal, global, and political issues. The broad aim is to
provide insight into current challenges and opportunities that play a dramatic role in the business landscape and
affect business strategy. No prerequisite required for this course.
1. To identify the key factors which comprise the external environment of business.
2. To understand the potential impact of these external factors on business.
3. To obtain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities present in the Canadian business
4. To encourage critical thinking regarding the external challenges that must be addressed as part of successful
Karakowsky, L. (2011). Exploring The Canadian Business Environment. Pearson: Toronto
COURSE CONTENT AND SCHEDULE
SESSION 1: The Context of Business: A Framework
Learning Goal: To consider why the most logical starting point to undertaking studies in business is to look
“outside” the walls of business and see the bigger picture. We will identify and examine the major external contexts
within which all businesses operate.
Reading: Chapter 1
Case: p.23-24, Facebook and the Business Context
SESSION 2: Economic Context
Learning Goal: To obtain an overview of the economic issues influencing the nature of business activity. This will
include an introduction to key economic indicators and the nature of the Canadian market economy.
Reading: Chapter 2
Case: p.41-42 Canadian Economy Lures Target
SESSION 3: Societal Context & Labour Context
Learning Goal: To recognize the nature of business’s role in society. We identify the notion of corporate social
responsibility and examine its nature and significance. We also consider corporate responsibilities toward employee
stakeholders and examine the role and impact of unions.
Reading: Chapter 8, pages 174-187; Chapter 5, pages 89-103
Case: p.196-197 Talisman in the Societal Context
1 SESSION 4: Competitive Context & Technological Context & REVIEW
Learning Goal: To develop an understanding of industry life cycles and competitive behaviour. We will consider
the stages through which all industries pass and identify the implications of each of these stages on competition.
We will also examine how technology can impact industry evolution.
Reading: Chapter 3, pages 43-56; Chapter 4, pages 65-70
Case: p.63-64 The Decline of the Newspaper Industry
SESSION 5: **MIDTERM EXAM:** (worth 40% of grade; during class time, 2.5 hours; closed book)
**Tues. February 12 , 2013 ; 8:30am**
SESSION 6: READING WEEK February 16-22, 2013 - NO Class
SESSION 7: Global Context I
Learning Goal: To address the significance of globalization for business in Canada, as well as in other parts of the
world. We will identify the forces driving globalization and consider major actors in this phenomenon such as
multinational corporations. The implications of foreign ownership and trade will also be addressed.
Reading: Chapter 6, pages 107-125
SESSION 8: Global Context II
Learning Goal: Our exploration of globalization continues with a consideration of the role and impact of trade on
Canadian business. We will also consider the topical issues that arise as a result of the power of globalization to
Reading: Chapter 6, pages 126-138; Chapter 8, pages 188-195
Case: p. 138-140 Amazon in Canada
SESSION 9: Political Context
Learning Goal: To analyze the nature of the relationship between government & business. We will discuss the
impact of government actions on business with special attention given to issues such as government subsidies and
regulation. We will also explore the trends toward deregulation & privatization.
Reading: Chapter 7
Case: p.171-172 Should Government Support Pratt & Whitney?
SESSION 10: Responding to the Environment: Developing Business Strategy
Learning Goal: To develop an understanding of strategic management and its relationship to the external
environment. We will consider the forces that shape industry structure and how they influence business and
corporate level strategies.
Reading: Chapter 9
Case: p.220-222 Starbucks Targets Quebec’s Café Culture
SESSION 11: Confronting Changing Contexts
Learning Goal: To consider how business confronts the challenges of adapting to changes in its external
environment. We will identify the fundamental challenges of achieving successful organizational change. Issues
such as organizational learning will be addressed. In addition, we will examine such change practices as process re-
engineering, outsourcing and going virtual.
Reading: Chapter 10; Chapter 4, pages 71-80
Cases: p.246-247 Netflix and Blockbuster; p.80-81 Outsourcing Deal Gives P & G Clout with HP
SESSION 12: REVIEW
C ASES ARE TO BE READ AS EXAMPLES OF APPLICATION OF READINGS AND LECTURE MATERIAL
FINAL EXAM: HELD DURING EXAM WEEK – DATE & LOCATION T.B.A. (3 hours, closed book exam)
WORTH 60% OF GRADE. Final examinations could take place in a different room and on a different day from the regularly
scheduled class. It is the student’s responsibility to check the published Examination Schedule for a complete list of days and times.
2 GRADE BREAK-DOWN
Midterm Exam 40%
Final Exam 60%
**April 10-26, 2013: Final Exam Period**
G ENERAL RULES ANDG UIDELINES
Deferred standing may be granted to students who are unable to write their final examination at the scheduled
time or to submit their outstanding course work on the last day of classes. In order to apply for deferred standing,
students must register at http://apps.eso.yorku.ca/apps/adms/deferredexams.nsf. Followed by
handing in a completed DSA form and supporting documentation directly to the main office of the School of
Administrative Studies (282 Atkinson) and add your ticket number to the DSA form. The DSA and supporting
documentation must be submitted no later than five (5) business days from the date of the exam. The request must
be properly submitted with all supporting documentation directly to the main office of the School of Administrative
Studies (282 Atkinson), NOT to the Course Director. These requests will be considered on their merit and
decisions will be made available by logging into the following link
http://apps.eso.yorku.ca/apps/adms/deferredexams.nsf.No individualized communication will be sent by the School
to the students (no letter or e-mails).
Students with approved DSA will be able to write their deferred examination during the School's deferred