GOVT-493 Dept Sem: Competitive Strategy in Asia
Spring for 2015-2016
The concept of Competitive Strategy has become a topic of interest in a wide variety of fields and applications – from Business to Sports to Career Planning to National Security. The purpose of this class is threefold:

• To understand the origin and meaning of Competitive Strategy in classical Chinese military writings;

• To study its theoretical development in a variety of disciplines;

• To explore the future applicability of Competitive Strategy to 21st Century National Security challenges in Asia.

Students will be exposed to an in-­?depth study of the writings of Sun Tzu, the modern development of Competitive Strategy concepts by the Harvard Business School in the 1970s and their introduction by Andrew Marshall in the Net Assessment office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon in the 1980s, as well as learning about its limitations and criticism of the concept. Unique aspects of the class will include guest lectures from former senior officials who attempted to apply Competitive Strategy in the US Department of Defense as well student participation as decision-­? makers and strategic planners in the “Hegemon”© simulation of potential future conflict associated with the rise of China as a global power. The course is run as a seminar, with attendance limited to 15 participants in order to facilitate interaction, and students are required to produce a 30 page term paper on a topic related to Competitive Strategy.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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