Talk on 'Mediating Factors in Strategy for Successful Organizations' is April 22

Talk on 'Mediating Factors in Strategy for Successful Organizations' is April 22

Dr. Michael Sheppeck, Division of Executive and Professional Development, Opus College of Business, and Dr. Jack Militello, director of the MBA Program in Health Care, Opus College of Business, will give a presentation from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Room 202, Opus Hall, Minneapolis campus.

Their topic is "Mediating Factors in Strategy for Successful Organizations." Registration begins at 7 a.m., and breakfast will be served at 7:15 a.m. This event is part of the Association for Strategic Planning 2008 breakfast series.

Dr. Jack Militello Dr. Michael Sheppeck

Militello and Sheppeck, professors of management at St. Thomas, will present the findings from their latest research that identifies key mediating factors in the strategic planning process that are most likely to result in positive financial outcomes for the firm.

Militello and Sheppeck have surveyed 375 firms, analyzing the 1) selection of market strategy, 2) culture, 3) employee know-how, and 4) workforce practices. They have identified nine strategic management processes that are mediating factors in determining organizational success as measured in ROI and strength of market position.

This research has practical implications for those who are leading or engaged in strategic management processes. Most firms (51 percent of those surveyed) are "stuck in the middle" as has been classically defined by Michael Porter. The assumption is that firms can become "unstuck" if they can identify key management processes that are proven to move firms into a more secure financial position.


  • $25 – students
  • $25 – members
  • $35 – standard prepaid guest rate
  • $40 – guest rate at the door

Register online or call (952) 457-6396 by Thursday, April 18.