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Professor: Dennis Krumwiede


Office: Bus. Admin Rm. 429    e-mail:    Office hours Monday/Wed.: 1:30pm to 3:00pm

  Telephone: 208-282-3506       (If you call by your cell, you can call me on my cell  (208)-251-6678 

 Make sure to check the Professors course moodle website and your email daily for any possible course updates or additional communication.  Information provided on the website will be considered as formal communication throughout the course.

 Required Materials:          

Text book “Levers of Control” by Simons, copyright 1995

 Software used in the course (as required):

 1.        MsPowerpoint

2.     MS Excel

3.     MS Word

4.     Moodle for most communication from the professor

5.     The use of the WEB, especially for material listed in the schedule

 Recommended items:

Course Intent:

The Managerial Control of a company is essential.  More recently, the pace of business has increased with customers demanding quality-customized products and/or services on specified dates. Not only do customers expect faster response, they are demanding that companies provide products and or services tailored specifically for their needs. These demands as well as rapid technological advances in almost every business sector has lead many organizations, that were previously structured around functions or products, to stress managing their business, both nationally and internationally, using varying management control systems.  This course is intended to provide you with the basic philosophy, ethics, and theories of managerial control.

Course Objectives:

1.                   To introduce students to the general philosophies, ethics, and concepts of managerial through team involvement (not group work). 

2.                   To describe differing aspects of managerial control.

3.                   To identify current managerial control issues and trends faced by managers both locally and globally.

4.                   To develop a basic understanding of differing philosophies, ethics and theories of managerial control to enhance managerial abilities and problem solving skills.

5.                   To reinforce the importance of presentation material and skills to aid in making managerial decisions.


Course Requirements:

1.                   Class attendance is expected and students generally will not perform well without attending class.

2.                   No make-up or early exams will be given except in emergency situations.

3.                   All homework assignments/quizzes/projects/cases are due in class on the specified due date.  Late assignments will be reduced by one grade for each day late.

4.                   Text material is to be read before class to be prepared for the class lecture.

 Student Responsibilities:

 In order for you to gain full benefit from this course, you must be sincere in dealing with all aspects of the course. If you don't understand something, please ASK. All material assigned, whether discussed in class or not, and all material discussed in class  is subject to examination.

 Grading Policy:

Course grades will be assigned based on the following points:

Weights:                            Points:                              Scale:

Professionalism/in-class          50 pts (min)     A range  90%-100% ( A : 93 –100%, A-: 90 – 92.99%)

1st  Team Presentation           100 pts (total)   B range  80%-89%   (B+: 87 – 89.99%,  B: 84 – 86.99%, B-: 80 – 83.99%)

2nd Team Presentation           100 pts                C  range 70%-79%   (C+: 77 – 79.99%,  C: 74 – 76.99%, C-: 70 – 73.99%)

Exam 1                                    100 pts                D  range 60%-69%  (D+: 67 – 69.99%,  D: 64 – 66.99%, D-: 60 – 63.99%)

Exam 2                                    100 pts                F  range Below 60%

Reflection papers                                     20 pts

Team Peer Evaluations           50 pts (at end of course)

Total points                             520 pts (Min)    


Bonus point opportunity may be presented from time to time for individual effort.

Peer evaluations will be based on an average from each team’s team member input.

Please note:  Professionalism/in-class points can be added or removed throughout the course based professionalism during class.   The points will be provided/deleted based on attendance/participation.  These points can only be obtained in class.  No makeup points will be provided.

 All examinations are closed book, closed notes and comprehensive multiple choice unless otherwise stated by the professor.

 The instructor may adjust the grades based on the performance of the class as a whole.  Under no circumstances will grades be available by telephone or E-mail.  They will be available on the course moodle website.


The exams must be taken or turned in at the time scheduled. They will be multiple choice. They will be written by teams based on the assigned topic. (Instructions are on the team presentation instructions.)

 In-class points:

For specific subjects covered in this course, the instructor may assign individual / team homework or individual in-class quizzes.  Your attendance is required the day of the assignment to receive points.  No Make‑up exercises will be given.

 Assignment Policy:

All assignments are to be completed on the specified due date or prior to the class in which they will be discussed.  All ppnt slides are due 24 hours prior to presentation or 10 points will be deducted from the overall 50 points per presentation. 

All ppnt presentations are to be left in powerpoint format, ie:  filename.ppt

 Need for Assistance:

If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it, or which will require academic accommodations, please notify me as soon as possible.


Office hours are subject to change depending upon the needs of the class and the instructor.   Time after class may work best for you when available to the instructor due to evening class work.  Any change in office hours will be stated in class. You have been provided ppnt slide handouts on the moodle course website for your convenience in class and for the ability to cover material more efficiently.  It is possible that not all slides in the handouts will be used in class.  Also, additional slides may be provided in class by the professor.  Make sure have notes available in class for use as material will be presented with the understanding that hard copy notes have been copied by you and in use the night the material is presented.

 Make sure to copy notes at least one class period ahead (IF AVAILABLE) of the designated chapter or other material for a particular day as designated in the course syllabus or in class.

 Course Content:

Please note that time may not permit us to cover all sections of the prescribed material nor allow for continuity of the proposed schedule. The instructor will keep you informed as to which sections (if any) from particular material you are not held responsible for as the course progresses and issue a revised syllabus for content and schedule if deemed necessary by the instructor. In case of doubt, do not hesitate to ask and clarify.

 Laptop Computer Usage in class:

 laptops are ok to be used in the class, you must follow the ethics and standards established by the professor.  You will be asked to fill out a computer usage agreement. Violation of such will result in lower grades based on professionalism points.  The computer can only be used for course related material while class is being held.


Course Schedule

Note:  Topical coverage and dates may change based on student makeup Schedule:

   Week of                            Discussion / Reading/ Assignments and Due Date


Week of 1-13


Course Material      Course Expectations    Jungian Personality  

Form teams (4 to 5 per team) See attached instruction sheet for team instructions

PPNT’s provided for the Levers of Control Text Book (see my Moodle website)

Week of 1/20


No Class, Out of class assignment (individual effort)

1.       Complete Jungian Personality Inventory online using:

Study your personality type.  There are many resources on the web to do so.  Simply enter your type in to your browser.

Write a 1&1/2 to 2 page reflection paper describing your personality characteristics based on findings from step one.  Make a copy for each team member and one for the professor due on 1/27 (worth 10 in-class points)

Be prepared to discuss/defend your thoughts in class


Module 1:   Levers of Control by Simons


Some Instructions for Teams and the audience

(See team presentation instructions for further presentation detail.)


In the following cells in this column, when you find topics bolded , underlined and in parentheses (ie:topic ) this indicates topics to be read in Wikipedia by all students prior to team presentations.

 For team Presenting:  These topics are to be the initial resource for their presentations

For the audience:  These topics are to be read to aid during the presentation Q&A


Week of 1/27


Discuss Personality

 Chapter 1



  In-Class Exercise


Collect Chapter 1 reflection papers

 Strategy, Organizations and control

 Team 1 presents on The “Myers Briggs Personality Inventory” (MBTI): Include history and credibility.  Also, as it relates to individual and team functions

 Team Paper (Teams meet face to face)

In-class exercise: (Brainstorming of MBTI results)

Each team will then write a 2 to 3 page paper explaining how the team is going to use information from the personality inventory to make the team more effective.  Reference material found online pertaining to each personality type.

Paper due on 2/10 Worth 10 points


Week of



Chapter 2

 Business Valuation





Balancing Act: Tensions to be Managed

 Team 2 presents on “Business valuation and Provide an in-depth overview (The intent should be to value a business even before internal controls.  (Therefore, this is actually one level above internal controls but relevant to the overall existence of a business.)

 Team 3 presents on “Strategy”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapters 1  with business examples (emphasis on the differing types with examples)


Week of 2/10


Team Presentations

 Mgt. Acctg in SC




Collect Team Personality papers (Each team presents, informally)

 Team 4 presents on “Management accounting in supply chains”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 1 with business examples

 Team 5 presents on “Management control system”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 1 with business examples


Week of 2/17


Chapter 3

 Strategic Planning


 International Bus. – Why?


Beliefs and boundaries: Framing the strategic domain

 Team 6 presents on “Strategic planning”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 2 with business examples 

Team 7 presents on “Business process reengineering” Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 2 with business examples

Week of 2/24


No class


Out of class team meetings to prepare for second round of presentations


Week of 3/3


Chapter 4


Business rules (boundaries)


Diagnostic Control systems: Implementing intended strategies

 Team 8 presents on “Organizations”: (structures, theories and leadership)

 Team 9 presents on “Business Rules”: (Categories, obstacles and specification)


Week of 3/10


Exam 1

Over all Material covered to date.

1.      Based on Levers of Control book and ppnt’s

2.      Presentation questions as shown on my Moodle website forum and questions the professor generates

3.      Outside Material (TBD)


Week of 3/17


 Chapter 5

 Balanced scorecard



 Hand back Exam 1

Interactive Control Systems: Adapting to Competitive Environments

 Team 1 presents on “Balanced scorecard”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 4 with business examples

 Team 2 presents on “Dashboard (management information systems) ”:  Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 4 with business examples

Week of 3/24


Spring Break


Spring break


Week of 3/31


Chapter 6



  Business Failure


The control levers in action

 Team 3 presents on Business “Competition (economics)” and “Competition between airbus and Boeing”:  Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 5 where possible with business examples

 Team 4 presents on “Business Failure”: (In-depth reasons, after closing, bankruptcy, multiple examples) ”:  Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 5 where possible with business examples


Week of 4/7


Chapter 7

 Mission Statement


Corporate governance


The Dynamics of Controlling Business Strategy

 Team 5 presents on “Mission Statement”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 6 where possible with business examples

 Team 6 presents on “Corporate governance”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 6 where possible with business examples


Week of 4/14



 Employee Engagement


 Organizational Commitment


Professors PPNT’s on  Corporate Social Responsibility

 Team 7 presents on “Employee engagement”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 7 where possible with business examples

 Team 8 presents on “Organizational commitment”: Provide an in-depth overview and tied to chapter 7 where possible with business examples


Week of 4/21


Student evaluations

 Management Styles





 Stages of Management by Hayes and Wheelwright

 Team 9 presents on “Corporate social responsibility”:  Provide an in-depth overview and relate the topic to how it would affect internal control systems.


Week of 4/28


Peer Evaluations


Course in Review



Summarize the course and its importance

Week of Finals


Exam 2


                                          Team Presentation Instructions

Each team member will receive up to 100 points per presentation based on individual and team performance

 Purpose of Presentations: Presentations are intended to help students with team interaction, public speaking, awareness of a topic, and preparation for orals.

 Team  Assignments for Presentations, each team will:


1.      Dress business casual (I realize this is vague in our society so, here are some guidelines: no caps, khaki related clothing and casual shirts/blouses – consider what you would wear to work on a professional day to day environment in the office.)

2.      Look the schedule over to see what material your team is to make a presentation.

3.      If required, clear material to be presented with the professor prior to progressing (this is to assume the team has chosen a more vital presentation per the Chapter.  Such material must be cleared with the professor.

4.      Make a 35 to 45 minute presentation on topics assigned.

5.      Provide a 10 minute (Maximum) question session after the presentation with questions generated by the team for the audience.

6.      Create PPNT’s for the presentation.

7.      Ensure that equal time per team member is utilized.

8.      Post PPNT slide presentation on the professor’s course Moodle website forum at least 8 hours prior to class to give fellow classmates time to access/make copies for the evening presentation.

9.      Provide the professor with a physical copy and email an electronic containing the presentation in .ppt format.

10.  Write 10 multiple choice questions from assigned material related to the presentation using the exam question master posted on the forum prior to the night’s presentation.

11.  Use Wikipedia as the beginning source (unless otherwise instructed). The Presentation will hover around Wikipedia’s response with outside credible articles / books that may challenge or enhance the Wikipedia information. (The textbook will most likely be incomplete or have no information for the material your team will present). The PPNT presentation will start with a cover page listing the title, the course, the professor and all team members’ full names in order of presentation.  Then have:

·         Introduction

·         Wikipedia discussion with outside reference material challenging or enhancing Wikipedia and referencing the assigned chapter to the extent possible.

·         Several business examples of your topic

·         Summary

·      References

·         Q&A

12.   An average grade for an MBA presentation will be considered to be a B+

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