Assignment 1

Begin this assignment by reading the 1996 article by Michael Porter titled “What Is Strategy?” from Harvard Business Review, Volume 74, Issue 6, pages 61–79.

After reading through the article and the assigned readings during the first two weeks of the course, complete a thoughtful and balanced assessment of those readings by submitting a 2-3 page (not including title and reference pages) critical reading reflection. Review the rubric before final submission. Use the following prompts to guide your reading reflection:

1) What parts of the readings stood out to you, and why?

2) How did the readings help you better understand or expand your knowledge related to strategy?

3) What aspects of the reading were difficult or challenging, and why?

4) How can what you read be applied to future situations in your professional career?

5) How is strategic management beneficial to healthcare systems and organizations?

Your writing must be organized.  Introduce your topic and the point you plan to make about your experience and learning.  Develop your point through body paragraph(s), and conclude your paper by exploring the meaning you derive from your reflection. You may find the questions listed above can help you to develop an outline before you write your paper.

You should maintain a formal tone, but it is acceptable to write in the first person and to use personal pronouns.