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Strategic Management (Postgraduate)

Overview

  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Oliver Barish
  • Assessment: a coursework assignment (40%) and two-hour written examination (60%)

Module description

This module explores the rich and varied field of strategic management and how strategic analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation contribute to organisational performance and success. The module will review practically relevant ideas and frameworks that facilitate strategy design and formulation and help you appreciate and assess the work of a 'strategist'.

You will develop a sound grasp of classical tools used in strategic analysis and apply them to different contexts and cases; acquire an appreciation of the underlying theories on which these tools are based and the academic research from which they have been developed; and be required to fully engage with the subject in order to think deeply and rigorously and address the fundamental ideas in strategy research and the challenges of strategic management.

The module is structured in a way to make effective use of lectures and seminar group sessions. Lectures will outline and explore the relevant theories and concepts that underpin strategic management, while seminar groups will provide you with the opportunity to develop your strategic thinking skills via the analysis and discussion of business cases and other relevant readings.

    Learning objectives

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • think deeply and rigorously in order to address the fundamental ideas in strategy research and challenges of strategic management (and develop 'the mind of a strategist')
    • demonstrate a sound grasp of classical tools used in strategic analysis and capably apply them to different cases and contexts
    • outline the underlying theories on which these tools are based and the academic research from which they have been developed
    • apply strategic management tools and techniques to real-world business situations.