Sunday, March 27, 2005

Calendar of Assignments

Week 3

Monday 4/11
Group 1: Patricia Kwan, Lisa F and Issac Chen
Group 2: Kate Hacker, Anita Arbogast and Aarti Patel
Group 3:
Group 4:
Tuesday 4/12
Group 1: Leah Stephen and S Karnik
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Wednesday 4/13
Group 1: Jon Hassert, Ryan Malone and Kristin Wisotzkey
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Thursday 4/14
Group 1:Katherine Palmer, Tara Duhan and Michelle Fedunyszyn
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Friday 4/15
Group 1:Carlos Gomez, Roberto Hiriart and Hernan Lozano
Group 2: Chia-Hao Han, Sachin Gupta and Dave Kim
Group 3: Sebastian Leroy, O'Neal Spicer and Victor Casier
Group 4: Sophia Kamberos, Veronica Herrero and Chris Rodskog

Week 4

Monday 4/18
Group 1: Leah Stephens and S Karnik
Group 2:
Group 3:Jim, Chuck and Deirdre
Group 4:Karine Street and Sachin Jain
Tuesday 4/19
Group 1:Corey Greendale and Patrick Schott
Group 2: Tana Barton, Jee Ku and Christina Sung
Group 3:Matthew Sorenson, Carlos Atencio and David Michels
Group 4:Deanna Markley, Victoria Ledjaks, Julia Zupko
Wednesday 4/20
Group 1: Xiaolin Jeff Li and Alexis Collins
Group 2:Paulina Villamil-Larrea and group
Group 3:Pat Goff, John Morrison and Nathan Kieffer
Group 4: Aaron Chawla, Chris Duncan and Puneet Tandon
Thursday 4/21
Group 1:James Quinn, Lorena Kurtijan and Jason Oberheide
Group 2: Michael Barzy, David Yong and Paul Jan
Group 3: John Rhoads, Ohad Reshef and Lin Li
Group 4: Guyun Tang, Lulu Xu, and Xiaoli Zhou
Friday 4/22
Group 1: Brian Home and Terrence Lee
Group 2: Jenny Hanus, Shilpa Kumar and Ritesh Singhania
Group 3:Aarathi Sambasivan Lisa Huang Francis Ho
Group 4: Keith Guerrini, Suzy Davidkhanian and Yvette Nicholas

Week 5

Monday 4/25
Group 1:Steve Lyons and Jasmine Fung
Group 2: Alli Kandaiah, Kamal Jha and Kenji, Yaguchi
Group 3: Deborah Battat, Edward Connolly, and T.K. MacKay
Group 4: Chi Mohanchandra and Ramanathan
Tuesday 4/26
Group 1:Steve Lyons and Jasmine Fung
Group 2:Paul Mountain and Jeff Fechalos
Group 3: Robert Cummings, Drew DeKett and Debasis Rath
Group 4: Karine Street and Sachin Jain
Wednesday 4/27
Group 1: JC Groon, Kevin Hardy and Amit Sahasranamam
Group 2: Stephanie Jose and Diana Sheehan and Josh Emerson
Group 3:Dan McKelvey, Jit Ming Tan and Jessica Zysk
Group 4: Steven Coulembier, Daniel Groner and Vinod Iyer
Thursday 4/28
Group 1:Katherine Palmer, Tara Duhan and Michelle Fedunyszyn
Group 2:Na Yu, Abigail Akzin and Naomi Nakagawa
Group 3: Joel Amico, Carol Pinlac and Jason Rosenthal
Group 4:Lindsay Lowe , Nick Smith and Patrick Brickley
Friday 4/29
Group 1: Rafael Calderon, Jay Geiger and Joan Gelpi
Group 2:Pooja Vivek, Shigeru Kusunoki and Atima Bhatnagar
Group 3: Savyon Amit, Susie Greener and Robert Rosenfeld
Group 4: Lindsay Lowe , Nick Smith and Patrick Brickley

Week 6

Monday 5/2
Group 1: Raj Subramanian, Sona Mooliyil & Kunal Shah
Group 2:George Maurice and Evrim Erdim
Group 3: Michael Miranda, Brad Pitzele and Ankur Gopal
Group 4:Anand Kamannavar, Matt Koch and Alexander Viergutz
Tuesday 5/3
Group 1: Tana Barton, Jee Ku and Christina Sung
Group 2: Matthew Sorenson, Carlos Atencio and David Michels
Group 3: Oliver Banz and Amit Chandra
Group 4:
Wednesday 5/4
Group 1:David Korb, Gregory Shade and Matthew Thornton
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Thursday 5/5
Group 1: Paul Thomas and Allison Brown
Group 2: Jim Wu and Andrew van Fossen
Group 3:
Group 4:
Friday 5/6
Group 1: Jamie Hood, Rich Foley, Bryant Mitchel
Group 2: Sarah Lee and Shatabdi Basu
Group 3: Savyon Amit, Susie Greener and Robert Rosenfeld
Group 4: Dave Smith, Troy Stalter and Greg Watson

Week 7

Monday 5/9
Group 1: Patricia Kwan, Lisa F and Issac Chen
Group 2:Aaron Chawla, Chris Duncan and Puneet Tandon
Group 3: Dan McKelvey, Jit Ming Tan and Jessica Zysk
Group 4: Raj Subramanian, Sona Mooliyil & Kunal Shah
Tuesday 5/10
Group 1: Michael Antonelli and Steve Dormanen
Group 2:
Group 3: Reshma Patel, Matthew Rodrigues and Charlotte Ho
Group 4:
Wednesday 5/11
Group 1:Xiaolin Jeff Li and Alexis Collins
Group 2: Paulina Villamil-Larrea and group
Group 3: Sarah Lee and Shatabdi Basu
Group 4: Mona Baruah, Michael Shelly and William McGrath
Thursday 5/12
Group 1:Carlos Gomez, Roberto Hiriart and Hernan Lozano
Group 2: Jim Wu and Andrew Van Fossen
Group 3: Paul Thomas and Allison Brown
Group 4:Shane Hart, JP Millsap, & Tyler Partridge

Friday 5/13
Group 1:Sebastian Leroy, O'Neal Spicer and Victor Casier
Group 2: Aarathi Sambasivan Lisa Huang Francis Ho
Group 3: Keith Guerrini, Suzy Davidkhanian and Yvette Nicholas
Group 4: Pooja Vivek, Shigeru Kusunoki and Atima Bhatnagar

Week 8

Monday 5/16
Group 1: Alli Kandaiah, Kamal Jha and Kenji, Yaguchi
Group 2:Jim, Chuck and Deirdre
Group 3: Robert Cummings, Drew DeKett and Debasis Rath
Group 4: Chi Mohanchandra and Ramanathan
Tuesday 5/17
Group 1:Kate Hacker, Anita Arbogastt and Aarti Patel
Group 2: Deanna Markley, Victoria Ledjaks and Julia Zupko
Group 3: Pat Goff, John Morrison and Nathan Kieffer
Group 4: Steven Coulembier, Vinod Iyer and Daniel Groner
Wednesday 5/18
Group 1: Jon Hassert, Ryan Malone and Kristin Wisotzkey
Group 2: Stephanie Jose and Diana Sheehan and Josh Emerson
Group 3: Guyun Tang, Lulu Xu and Xiaoli
Group 4: Brad Davey, Jason Boles and C. Michael Barfoot
Thursday 5/19
Group 1: Bryant Houston, Rhianna Phillips and Sachin Kelker
Group 2:James Quinn, Lorena Kurtijan and Jason Oberheide
Group 3: Sophia Kamberos, Veronica Herrero and Chris Rodskog
Group 4:Joel Amico, Carol Pinlac and Jason Rosenthal
Friday 5/20
Group 1: Corey Greendale and Patrick Schott
Group 2: Brian Home and Terrence Lee
Group 3:Jenny Hanus, Shilpa Kumar and Ritesh Singhania
Group 4:Chia-Hao Han, Sachin Gupta and Dave Kim

Week 9

Monday 5/23
Group 1:Dave Smith, Troy Stalter and Greg Watson
Group 2: Anand Kamannavar, Matt Koch and Alexander Viergutz
Group 3: Michael Miranda, Brad Pitzele and Ankur Gopal
Group 4: Reshma Patel, Matthew Rodrigues and Charlotte Ho
Tuesday 5/24
Group 1:Michael Antonelli and Steve Dormanen
Group 2: Brad Davey, Jason Boles and C. Michael Barfoot
Group 3:Oliver Banz and Amit Chandra
Group 4:Marcelo Hanan, Valentin Pitarque and Gabrielle Lambert
Wednesday 5/25
Group 1:JC Groon, Kevin Hardy and Amit Sahasranamam
Group 2: David Korb, Gregory Shade and Matthew Thornton
Group 3: Jua Mitchell
Group 4: Masato Eguchi, Yihui Zhang, Yuxiang Luo
Thursday 5/26
Group 1: Na Yu, Abigail Akzin and Naomi Nakagawa
Group 2: Paul Mountain and Jeff Fechalos
Group 3: michael barzy, david yong, paul jan
Group 4:Shane Hart, JP Millsap, & Tyler Partridge

Friday 5/27
Group 1: Jamie Hood, Rich Foley, Bryant Mitchel
Group 2:Rafael Calderon, Jay Geiger and Joan Gelpi
Group 3:John Rhoads, Ohad Reshef and Lin Li
Group 4: Deborah Battat, Edward Connolly and T.K. MacKay

Week 10

Monday 5/30
Group 1:George Maurice and Evrim Erdim
Group 2: Sachin Kelkar, Bryant Houston and Riahna Phillips
Group 3: Marcelo Hanan, Valentin Pitarque and Gabrielle Lambert
Group 4:
Tuesday 5/31
Group 1:
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Wednesday 6/1
Group 1:Mona Baruah, Michael Shelly and William McGrath
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Thursday 6/2
Group 1:
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Friday 6/3
Group 1: Jua Mitchell
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:

How Dates will be allocated

How Dates will be allocated

Groups must reserve ahead of time dates they want to post. At most, 4 groups can post on one day. E-mail your preferred days to the TA. When you e-mail her give the names of each person in your group. We will then allocate dates on a first-come first served basis. We will post a calendar on the blog that describes which groups will be posting when. If there are already 4 groups posting on a date, don’t e-mail the TA, that date is not available.

How to Create A Blog Post

d. Blog: STRATEGY TODAY

As a way to increase the relevance to you of the strategy class, I am starting a new experiment: a class blog. The blog will be located at http://www.strategytoday.blogspot.com/. You will be expected to write, in a group of 3 people, 2 blog entries over the course of the term. These blog entries should deal with a current issue affecting business Strategy in the news. For example, the entry could be “General Motors to purchase Ford”. It would have the following broad structure:

- You would discuss the news, preferably recent but not necessarily from the previous couple of days, with some links to newspaper accounts of what you are talking about.

- You would then discuss the reactions by business analysis (in I-Banks or in the press)

- You would then add a discussion/analysis of some issue that is overlooked, or some personal take on the issue. Are the analysts on the right track? What is wrong with the conventional wisdom? The premium should be on being provocative and leading people to pose questions that they had not thought about, rather than on making a boring on the one hand on the other hand analysis (you are not economists here!).

This would add up to a 700-1000 words piece roughly. To see good examples of what I have in mind, go to Slate.com (www.slate.com) and check out what people such as Jack Shafer and William Slatan or, on business matters Daniel Gross. For example: http://www.slate.com/id/2115217/ is a great example.

Other students are welcome to post comments on your post. I will evaluate the 2 contributions of each group; they will count for 20% of your grade. But I will not grade you on the comments/responses etc. you may post on other students’ articles; you may write them, and that will be fun for all of us, but this part is not obligatory.

Writing and Submitting your Contribution

Here are some specific instructions on how to go about this:

1. Write your posts in Microsoft word, and then send the files as an attachment.

2. Your analyses are due by 7pm Monday-Thursday and 5pm Friday. You hand them in by e-mailing the file to my TA in charge, Rachel Soloveichik. Her e-mail address is rachelsoloveichik@msn.com. She will post all files handed in the morning of the next day to the blog. Be sure to check regularly on the blog site, to read what is going on. Feel free to comment and discuss on others’ contributions as the term advances.

3. Give your analysis a catchy title that captures the substance of what you want to say. See the Gross article above for example. He wants to say that Investment Banks are purchasing physical assets in the energy industry. He does not title: “New strategies for Investment banks” that is a really bad title. A good title but less catchy would have been “Investment banks pursue asset heavy strategy”; a genius title is the one that he actually chose: “The New Enrons (and we mean that in a good way)”.

4. Your analysis should include links to the articles you are referencing. To do this, proceed as follows: suppose you want to make xxx a hyperlink to www.google.com. Type xxx in, then highlight xxx and right click. In the middle of box is the option hyperlink. Select that option. You will be offered the option to type in a url that xxx will link to. Type or paste in www.google.com. Now if you click on xxx you will go to Google. Note: many papers require registration: WP, NYT, Chicago Trib; some papers require subscription for the online edition—WSJ, FT. To the extent that the actual content is not important to your argument but just the factual news, try to rely on open news sources, so that everyone can click and follow the links included.

5. Put the names of all the writers at the bottom of the text. If your name is not included you will not receive credit for the assignment. Your names will be included in the post.

6. Be careful when you write your assignments: on the Internet everything lasts forever and can be searched. Thus no profanities, insults, discriminatory, sexist or racist language is allowed. Be careful also with the spelling and the grammar—this will be ‘published’ for everyone to see (maybe your mother and grandmother?) and you want it all to be clear and cleanly written.