MGMT5700 Strategic Management

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Trimester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Trimester 3OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
This capstone unit takes a general, integrating perspective and is concerned with setting the strategic direction of organisations. The most important outcome from undertaking the unit is that students better consider how managers and organisations can think and act in a strategic way. The unit predominately uses case studies to improve the strategic thinking capability of students. A number of topics are considered: what strategy is; how strategy happens within organisations; vision, strategy and values; analysing environmental forces and searching for a sustainable competitive advantage; competitor positioning and game theory; the impact of disruptive technologies on business model innovation including forming inter-organisational networks of relationships; entrepreneurial strategies; core competencies; parenting advantage; strategic turnaround; chaos theory; measuring strategy; strategic leadership and ethics; and managing strategic change.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain the strategic management process through exposure to theoretical concepts and current developments in the field; (2) develop an appreciation of the organisation as an integrated system through extensive case analyses, encompassing a variety of concepts and theories covered in class; (3) think strategically and apply key course theories and tools to identify key challenges and opportunities; (4) make informed recommendations regarding the optimal path for the organisation for sustainable performance; (5) apply strategy models, frameworks and tools to their own work experiences and develop the knowledge and skills to strategically transform their organisation; (6) demonstrate a high degree of proficiency of written communication in a business context; (7) demonstrate the capability for self-directed learning and reflection; and (8) recognise, understand and respond appropriately to regulatory, ethical, social and sustainability issues.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) learning journal; (2) individual assessment; and (3) group assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor David Blyth
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Business Administration (coursework) and completion of any 48 points.
Incompatibility:
MGMT5502 Strategic Analysis and Consulting Project
Contact hours
trimester teaching period—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week; non-standard period—6 sessions of 6 hours
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.