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Unit information: Strategic Management in 2018/19

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Unit name Strategic Management
Unit code EFIMM0068
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Beckett
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


Strategy is concerned with the overall direction of organisations including multinationals, start-ups, government agencies and not-for-profits. The aims of the unit are to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the theories, process and practices of strategy and strategic management, and to develop their ability to think and act strategically. Learning is developed through the use of case studies, exercises, readings, discussion and lectures. Students are exposed to different schools of thought on strategic management and are encouraged to examine critically classical and modern approaches to strategy formulation, selection and realisation. Over the course of the unit, students will be encouraged to identify links between the topic and other units being studied concurrently.

Students attending the course and involving themselves in the work will develop their ability to think and act strategically, and be able to apply their thinking at organisational, group and individual levels.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe and demonstrate understanding of the principle theories, concepts and techniques of strategy and strategic management;
  2. Critically evaluate theories, concepts and techniques of strategy and strategic management;
  3. Apply theories, concepts and techniques of strategy in practical contexts to identify and appraise strategic issues facing organisations;
  4. Analyse and interpret the application of theories, concepts and techniques to develop and evaluate alternative strategies;
  5. Identify key issues affecting the realisation of intended strategies in practical contexts;
  6. Critically evaluate strategic management as a managerial tool.

Teaching details

Lectures introduce theoretical concepts and ideas that inform the subject. Tutorials include readings, exercises and case studies. Additional reading and the active use of the Blackboard online learning environment is designed to develop a depth of understanding.

Teaching delivery would consist of 10 hours of lectures and 14 hours of classes.

On the existing 15 credit PG units average contact is 10 hours lectures and 10 hours classes = 20 hours

Assessment Details

4500-word portfolio (100%)

Students are required to produce 3, 1500-word reflections and applications of strategy ideas and concepts:

One of the papers will focus on a discussion and evaluation of a theoretical area; ILOs 1,2

One will be an application to a case study; ILOs 3,4,5

One a critical reflection on the usefulness of a theoretical approach in practical contexts; ILOs 1,2,6

Reading and References

Grant, R. &Jordan, J (2012) Foundations of Strategy, Chichester: John Wiley

Clegg, S., Carter, C. Kornberger, M. & Schweitzer, J (2011) Strategy: Theory and Practice, London: Sage Publications

Grant, R. (2013), Contemporary Strategic Analysis, Chichester: John Wiley

Journal Reading:

Strategic Management Journal

Harvard Business Review

Long Range Planning