MGMT5700 Strategic Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 3UWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 3OnlineOnline
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
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.
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.
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
enrolment in the Master of Business Administration (coursework)
completion of any 48 points.
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
Unit Outline
Trimester 1-2020 [TRI-1-2020]
Trimester 2_2019_ONLINE [TRI-2_2019_ONLINE]
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