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This subject is intended to provide students who do not have a business background with grounding in the field of strategy. It will expose them to key themes, issues and theories of strategy, with a particular focus on the role of leadership in developing and implementing strategy for business success. There will be a strong emphasis on using theoretical knowledge to solve practical problems, which will be achieved through the use of case studies and discussion of contemporary business problems. Students who complete the subject should have a sound theoretical and applied understanding of the role of strategic leadership in business success. Topics covered will include: the role of strategy in business performance; the impact of environments on strategy; the role of leadership in strategy formulation and implementation; working with multiple stakeholders; strategic decision making; and leadership in corporate social responsibility.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject will have:
- An understanding of the importance of the leader’s role in implementing business strategy for the success of organisations;
- Knowledge of the major theories of leadership and their application to strategy formulation and implementation;
- The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to analysing strategic challenges faced by organisations;
- The ability to use this knowledge and understanding to develop practical solutions to management problems faced by organisations; and
- The knowledge and skills to know how to make a strategically sound decision.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas; and
- Oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; problem solving; team work; statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.
Last updated: 9 October 2020