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Unit information: Strategy and Organisations in 2021/22

Unit name Strategy and Organisations
Unit code MGRCM0001
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Kent
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit lays the foundations of strategic management within an organisational context. Strategic management is concerned with the future direction and scope of an organisation, developed from a thorough understanding of its external and internal environments and of its goals and aspirations. The aims of the unit are to develop students’ knowledge and understanding both of organisational analysis and of the theories, processes and practices of strategic management, and to develop students' ability to think and act strategically. Learning is developed through the use of case studies, exercises, readings, discussion and lectures.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Describe the key points in the history of strategy development in organisations, related to corresponding developments in organisation and management theory;
  • Critically evaluate the principal perspectives for analysing and understanding organisations;
  • Identify, describe and critically evaluate the principle theories, concepts and techniques of strategy and strategic management;
  • Apply theories, concepts and techniques of strategy in practical contexts in order to identify and appraise strategic issues facing organisations and develop and evaluate alternative strategies;
  • Identify key issues affecting the realisation of intended strategies in practical contexts.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, seminars, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Details

Summative assignment by individual essay of 3,000 words (100%)


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