Major Strategic Management (69 credits)

Offered by: Management     Degree: Bachelor of Commerce

Program Requirements

The Strategic Management Major combines traditional topics in strategic management, such as competition and globalization, with attention to pressing social, and environmental challenges. Since the activities of contemporary businesses can no longer be considered separately from these challenges, the Major is intended to foster a holistic view of management practice. Students will be encouraged to consider strategy formation and change for large corporations, small businesses, and social enterprises within their economic, social and environmental contexts. Because Strategic Management is a broad subject area, students are given flexibility to tailor this Major to their interests. Anticipated career trajectories are diverse, and include positions in management consulting, business development in new start-ups and small businesses; and strategic planning and analysis in large multinationals, NGOs, international organizations, and government agencies.

All BCom students take a Core curriculum in addition to this Major.

Required Courses (39 credits)

Management Core

  • MGCR 211 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : The role of financial accounting in the reporting of the financial performance of a business. The principles, components and uses of financial accounting and reporting from a user's perspective, including the recording of accounting transactions and events, the examination of the elements of financial statements, the preparation of financial statements and the analysis of financial results.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Zhang, Jingjing; Lee, Dongyoung (Fall) Roh, Yongoh (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to U0 students.

  • MGCR 222 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Individual motivation and communication style; group dynamics as related to problem solving and decision making, leadership style, work structuring and the larger environment. Interdependence of individual, group and organization task and structure.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Findlay, Sylvia Miriyam; Gordon, Sarah; Ody-Brasier, Amandine (Fall) Mackey, Jeraul; Dakhlallah, Diana; Galperin, Roman (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to U0 students.

  • MGCR 250 Expressive Analysis for Management. (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Focusing on skills with respect to analysis, writing and presentation in management.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Holmgren, Lindsay (Fall) Holmgren, Lindsay (Winter)

    • Open to U0 and U1 B.Com. students. Not open to students who have taken BUSA 250.

  • MGCR 271 Business Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Statistical concepts and methodology, their application to managerial decision-making, real-life data, problem-solving and spreadsheet modeling. Topics include: descriptive statistics; normal distributions, sampling distributions and estimation, hypothesis testing for one and two populations, goodness of fit, analysis of variance, simple and multiple regression.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Frieden, Gabriel; Glew, Rob (Fall) Farajollahzadeh, Setareh; Frieden, Gabriel; Glew, Rob (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 122 and MATH 123 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to U0 students. Not open to students who have taken or are taking ECON 227D1/D2, ECON 257D1/D2, MATH 203 at McGill, MATH 204, MATH 324, PSYC 204; students with an exemption from High School or CEGEP for MATH 203 will NOT be exempt from MCGR 271.

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

  • MGCR 293 Managerial Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : The course focuses on the application of economic theory to management problems and the economic foundations of marketing, finance, and production. Attention is given to the following topics: price and cost analysis; demand and supply analysis, conditions of competition.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Sidthidet, Taweewan (Fall) Madan, Sujata (Winter)

  • MGCR 294 The Firm in the Macroeconomy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Topics and tools of macroeconomics such as national accounting, the IS-LM model, the drivers of output and business cycles, and the basics of monetary policy and inflation. Emphasis on financial markets, the role of expectations, and the reasons for possible deviations from full information market efficiency.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Ghosh, Anisha; Augustin, Patrick (Winter)

  • MGCR 331 Information Technology Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Introduction to principles and concepts of information systems in organizations. Topics include information technology, transaction processing systems, decision support systems, database and systems development. Students are required to have background preparation on basic micro computer skills including spreadsheet and word-processing.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Tanguay, Sol; Goodman, Matthew (Fall) Tanguay, Sol (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to U0 students.

  • MGCR 341 Introduction to Finance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : An introduction to the principles, issues, and institutions of Finance. Topics include valuation, risk, capital investment, financial structure, cost of capital, working capital management, financial markets, and securities.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: di Pietro, Vadim (Fall) De Motta, Adolfo; di Pietro, Vadim (Winter)

    • Corequisite: MGCR 271 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to U0 students.

  • MGCR 352 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Introduction to marketing principles, focusing on problem solving and decision making. Topics include: the marketing concept; marketing strategies; buyer behaviour; Canadian demographics; internal and external constraints; product; promotion; distribution; price. Lectures, text material and case studies.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Etemad, Hamid; Aronovitch, Aviva (Fall) Doré, Bruce; Zhao, Clarice (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Open to U1, U2, U3 students.

  • MGCR 372 Operations Management. (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Design, planning, establishment, control, and improvement of the activities/processes that create a firm's final products and/or services. The interaction of operations with other business areas will also be discussed. Topics include forecasting, product and process design, waiting lines, capacity planning, inventory management and total quality management.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Ding, Yichuan Daniel; Cohen, Maxime (Fall) Bai, Bing; Hariss, Rim; Glew, Rob (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 271 or equivalent

    • Restrictions: Open to U1, U2, U3 students. Not open to students who have taken MGCR 472.

  • MGCR 382 International Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : An introduction to the world of international business. Economic foundations of international trade and investment. The international trade, finance, and regulatory frameworks. Relations between international companies and nation-states, including costs and benefits of foreign investment and alternative controls and responses. Effects of local environmental characteristics on the operations of multi-national enterprises.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Melville, Donald; Zavosh, Ghahhar (Fall) Melville, Donald; Zavosh, Ghahhar (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to U0 students.

  • MGCR 423 Strategic Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : An integrative and interdisciplinary introduction to strategy formation and execution. Concepts, tools, and practical application to understand how firms leverage resources and capabilities to gain competitive advantage in dynamic, contemporary industries. Strategic positioning, organizational design, and managerial action for the long-term success of businesses and positive social and ecological outcomes.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Banerjee, Mitali; Zavosh, Ghahhar (Fall) David, Robert James; An, Kwangjun; Moore, Karl (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGCR 460 Social Context of Business. (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Core : Examination of how business interacts with the larger society. Exploration of the development of modern capitalist society, and the dilemmas that organizations face in acting in a socially responsible manner. Examination of these issues with reference to sustainable development, business ethics, globalization and developing countries, and political activity.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Fangwa Nantcho, Anicet (Fall) Holmgren, Lindsay (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Open to U2 and U3 students. Not open to students who have taken MGCR 360.

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

9-15 credits from the following:

  • MGPO 383 International Business Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Development and application of conceptual approaches to general management policy and strategy formulation in multinational business involvement (exporting, licensing, contractual arrangements, turnkey projects, joint ventures, consortia); technology transfer, location and ownership strategies: competitive multinational relationships. Emphasis on pragmatic analysis, using case studies.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: MGCR 382

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 445 Industry Analysis and Competitive Strategy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Analysis of industry structure, macro-environment, and evolution. Evaluation of strategic position, behaviour, and intent of organizations within industry context. Development of strategic recommendations for these firms.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to U2 and U3 student

    • Corequisites: MGCR 423

  • MGPO 460 Managing Innovation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Firms face difficulties in developing new products. This course examines the new product development process to understand why problems occur and what managers can do. Topics include the creative synthesis of market and technology; the coordination of functions; and the strategic connection between the project and the strategy.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Chai, Sen (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 469 Managing Globalization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : This course explores economic and social consequences of globalization, focusing on the most pertinent issues at the time. Topics include the existing global imbalances; the opportunities and risks presented by large cross border capital flows; and the role of institutions, and organizational and policy responses in crisis hit countries.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Obukhova, Elena (Fall)

    • Recommended: MGCR 423

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 470 Strategy and Organization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : This course explores how strategic change affects the organization and how the organization can be designed to realize its strategy more effectively. It will examine how strategic choices affect organizational structures, processes, culture, human resource policies, leadership styles, etc. and how the organization can be aligned with the organizational mission.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Moore, Karl (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

9-15 credits from the following:

  • MGPO 365 Business-Government Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : The political environment in which business organizations operate: how governments control, regulate, promote, and compete with the private sector and how corporate policy responds to, and seeks to influence, these activities.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): U2 & U3 students only

  • MGPO 438 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Explores key concepts associated with social entrepreneurship and social innovation – the application of principles of entrepreneurship and innovation to solve social problems through social ventures, enterprises and not-for-profit organizations. Focuses on the social economy, including how the market system can be leveraged to create social value.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Perez-Aleman, Paola; Jalan, Rohini (Fall) Billou, Niels (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Open to U2 and U3 students.

  • MGPO 440 Strategies for Sustainability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : This course explores the relationship between economic activity, management, and the natural environment. Using readings, discussions and cases, the course will explore the challenges that the goal of sustainable development poses for our existing notions of economic goals, production and consumption practices and the management of organizations.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Melville, Donald (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 450 Ethics in Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : An examination of the economic, legal and ethical responsibilities of managers in both private and public organizations. Through readings, case studies, discussions and projects the class evaluates alternative ethical systems and norms of behaviour and draws conclusions as to the right, proper and just decisions and actions in the face of moral dilemmas. The focus of this course is on the decision process, values and consistency of values of the individual and on the impact of systems control and incentives on managerial morality.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Holmgren, Lindsay (Fall)

    • Restriction: U2 and U3 students only

  • MGPO 475 Strategies for Developing Countries (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Strategic management challenges in developing and emerging economies. Focus on strategies that foster both firm competitiveness and economic development, including: technological capabilities, new forms of organization, small and large firms, global production, social impact, global standards and governance.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Perez-Aleman, Paola (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 485 Emerging Technologies: Organizing and Societal Stakes (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : An examination of emerging technologies and their impacton decision-making, coordination, control, and innovationin management. Broader societal implications of thesetechnologies and how to develop strategic responses. Focus on an experiential consulting project.

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: Faraj, Samer (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Open to U2 and U3 students. Not open to students who have taken MGPO 434 when the topic was "Emerging Technologies: Organizing and Societal Stakes".

0-12 credits from the following:

  • AGRI 411 Global Issues on Development, Food and Agriculture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Animal Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Agriculture : International development and world food security and challenges in developing countries. Soil and water management, climate change, demographic issues, plant and animal resources conservation, bio-products and biofuels, economic and environmental issues specially in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Globalization, sustainable development, technology transfer and human resources needs for rural development.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Vasseur, Elsa (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Two 2-hour conferences

  • ANTH 212 Anthropology of Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : Processes of developmental change, as they affect small communities in the Third World and in unindustrialized parts of developed countries. Problems of technological change, political integration, population growth, industrialization, urban growth, social services, infrastructure and economic dependency.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Winter

  • BUSA 300 Case Analysis and Presentation. (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Business Admin : Integration of core knowledge and practice for preparing and presenting case studies, including professor coaching, preparation and presentation feedback, presentation skills, leadership skills, team building skills, analytical skills, logical thinking, debating, persuasive communications and cross discipline work.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Billou, Niels (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor for non-Management students.

    • Not open to students who have taken BUSA 499. Open to U2 and U3 students.

    • Non-management students should have some background in Management related courses with a minimum GPA of B.

    • Management students should have a minimum GPA of B in their Core courses to register in the course.

  • BUSA 391 International Business Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Business Admin : Introduction to the legal aspects of foreign trade and investment transactions. Forms and documentation of types of foreign trade contracts. Conflict avoidance, arbitration, and litigation arising from international transactions. Government regulation of foreign trade. Legal aspects of the international transfer of investments and technology. Conventions and institutions of international economic cooperation (e.g. GATT, ICC, IMF, etc.).

    Terms: Fall 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • ECON 305 Industrial Organization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The course analyzes the structure, conduct, and performance of industries, particularly but not exclusively in Canada. Topics include effects of mergers, barriers to entry, product line and promotion policies, vertical integration, and R & D policies of firms.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Benchekroun, Hassan (Winter)

  • ECON 313 Economic Development 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Microeconomic theories of economic development and empirical evidence on population, labour, firms, poverty. Inequality and environment.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Grimard, Franque (Fall) Ajzenman, Nicolas (Winter)

  • ECON 314 Economic Development 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Macroeconomic development issues, including theories of growth, public finance, debt, currency crises, corruption, structural adjustment, democracy and global economic organization.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Chemin, Matthieu (Fall) Grimard, Franque (Winter)

  • INTD 200 Introduction to International Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Inst for the St of Development (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    International Development : An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of International Development Studies focusing on the theory and practice of development. It examines various approaches to international development, including past and present relationships between developed and underdeveloped societies, and pays particular attention to power and resource distribution globally and within nations.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Takamura, Kazue (Fall) Takamura, Kazue (Winter)

  • MGPO 362 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Study of the key aspects involved in starting and managing a new venture: identifying opportunities and analyzing new venture ideas, identifying common causes of failure and strategies for success, understanding intellectual property systems, comparison of multiple modes of funding. Applies to for-profit and not-for-profit start-ups.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: An, Kwangjun (Fall) Aronovitch, Aviva (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): INTG 201 or INTG 202 or MGCR 211 or MGCR 352.

    • Restriction(s): Only open to U2, U3 students.

    • Limited enrolment; priority registration to Management students and non-Management students in Minors in Entrepreneurship.

  • MGPO 402 Dynamic Cities (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : A course which focuses on three key theories of National Competitiveness and includes a visit to a country(ies). The country(ies) visit(s) has a more integrated approach, drawing on material taught in marketing, finance, strategy, OB, etc.., as we apply ideas from all our classes in a foreign context in the organized visits.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Moore, Karl (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Instructor's Permission Required. Not open to students who have taken BUSA 434 when topic course was “Growing National Competitiveness"

    • Students must take part in the country(ies) visits. There will be a substantial fee associated with this travel. The fee depends on the country(ies) visited, hotels, meals, which will vary from trip to trip.

  • MGPO 430 Practicum in Not for Profit Consulting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : This course is designed around a pro bono consulting experience. It is meant to connect students to both the NGO community as well as the consulting world. The students go through the entire process of researching potential NGOs, writing and getting a Letter of Proposal Signed off, undertaking the first hand research and analysis, presenting the project results to the Board of the NGO, and finally presenting it to both the professor and the office of the partnering consulting firm. Students are put into teams whose structure is meant to mimic that of a real consulting team.

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Melville, Donald (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken MGPO 434 when topic course was “Not for Profit Consulting” . Permission of instructor.

  • MGPO 433 Topics in Social Business and Enterprise (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : Specialized advanced topic in social business and enterprise.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restriction (s): Open only to U2 and U3 students.

  • MGPO 434 Topics in Policy 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : This is a specialized course covering an advanced topic in strategy and organization.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

  • MGPO 435 The Origins of Capitalism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Management Policy : This course covers the evolution of modern business institutions from their roots in the early middle ages to the modern era. Covering economic issues in the context of arts and culture, it offers a "distant mirror on globalization."

    Terms: Winter 2025

    Instructors: Mantere, Saku (Winter)

    • Restriction: Restricted to U2 and U3 students

  • ORGB 380 Cross Cultural Management (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Organizational Behaviour : Addresses dilemmas and opportunities that managers experience in international, multicultural environments. Development of conceptual knowledge and behavioural skills (e.g. bridging skills, communication, tolerance of ambiguity, cognitive complexity) relevant to the interaction of different cultures in business and organizational settings, using several methods including research, case studies and experiential learning.

    Terms: Fall 2024, Winter 2025

    Instructors: Gauvin, Tatiana (Fall) Hollister, Matissa (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to U2, U3 students only

Desautels Faculty of Management—2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 3, 2024) (disclaimer)
Back to top