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Critically analyse the characteristics of strategic decisions and explain what is meant by strategy and strategic management.

B: Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse the characteristics of strategic decisions and explain what is meant by strategy and strategic management.

2. Critically evaluate the role of organisational stakeholders, structures and processes and how stakeholders’ expectations shape strategy.

3. Critically assess and apply appropriate concepts and principles of strategic management in an organisational context.

C: Assessment Task

Applying what you have learnt from the module content, you are to produce a fully referenced written submission of approximately 3000 words (+/- 10%) that uses appropriate models, frameworks and concepts to analyse a strategic business issue (s) within a chosen organisation. 

Note: The chosen organisation cannot be one you have already significantly referred to in other assignments or dissertation.

D: Specific Criteria/Guidance

E: Key Resources

De Wit, B., & Meyer, R. (2010). Strategy, Process, Content, Context: An International Perspective. (4th ed.). London, UK: Thomson Learning.

Johnson, G., Scholes, K., Whittington, R., Agwin, D., & Regner, P. (2017). Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases. (11th ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B., & Lampel, J. (2009). Strategy Safari. (2nd ed.). Harlow, UK: FT Prentice Hall.

Supported by:

Ansoff, I. (1987). Corporate Strategy. London, UK: Penguin.

Clegg, S. R., Schweitzer, J., Whittle, A., & Pitelis, C. (2017). Strategy Theory and Practice. (2nd ed.). London, UK: Sage Publishing Ltd.

Coulter, M. (2012). Strategic Management in Action. (6th ed.). London, UK: Prentice Hall.

Cummings, S., & Wilson, D. (Eds.). (2003). Images of Strategy. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

Doherty, T., & Horne, T. (2013). Managing Public Services: Implementing Changes - a Thoughtful Approach to the practice of management. (2nd ed.). London, UK: Routledge.

Finlay, P. (2000). Strategic Management: an Introduction to Business and Corporate Strategy. London, UK: FT Prentice Hall.

Haberberg, A., & Rieple, A. (2001). The Strategic Management of Organisations. London, UK: FT Prentice Hall.

Mintzberg, H., & Quinn, J. B. (2003). The Strategy Process. (4th ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Pettinger, R. (2004). Contemporary Strategic Management. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Porter, M. (2004). Competitive Advantage: Creating and sustaining superior performance. New York, NY: Free Press.

Segal-Horn, S. (ed). The Strategy Reader. (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Business.

Thompson, J., & Martin, F. (2014). Strategic Awareness Management & Change. (7th ed.) London, UK: Thomson.

White, C. (2004). Strategic Management. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Whittington, R. (2001). What is Strategy and Does it Matter? (2nd ed.). London, UK: Thomson.


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