Strategic management involves the formulation and implementation of value-generating activities. In this subject, you will learn fundamental aspects of environmental, competitive and internal analysis that will help you understand key determinants of firm success. You will also develop a critical perspective on the significance and interrelated nature of the ‘process’, ‘context’ and ‘content’ of strategy, and the importance of ethical decision-making in determining action and planning implementation. Consideration of an organisation’s strategic outlook and capabilities will help you integrate knowledge from other disciplines and help you develop a comprehensive and holistic understanding of organisational success.
|Academic unit:||Bond Business School|
|Subject title:||Concepts of Strategy|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.|
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Describe the determinants of strategic management.
- Analyse a firm’s external environment and internal capabilities.
- Develop innovative solutions to strategic problems.
- Formulate a professional, implementable and value-creating strategic plan.
- Apply ethical decision-making to the pursuit of sustainable competitive advantage.
- Deliver a clear, professional presentation appropriate for senior managers of an organisation.
|Class Participation||Participation in class discussions and case studies||20%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 5.|
|In-Class Quiz - Individual||Quiz on key elements of strategy formulation||20%||Week 5||1, 2, 3.|
|In-Class Quiz - Individual||Quiz on key elements of strategy implementation||20%||Week 9||1, 2, 3.|
|Project Plan §||Development of Strategic Plan||30%||Week 12||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
|Project §||Presentation of Strategic Plan||10%||Week 12||1, 2, 3, 5, 6.|
- § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
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Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
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Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
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Additional subject information
A peer-evaluation system will be used in this subject to help determine the individual marks for all group assessments. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
An introduction to the concept of strategic management, competition, and the development of value-creating strategies.
An overview of how to conduct analysis of the external environment, which is comprised of the macro environment (major societal forces) and the industry environment (the operating domain of the firm).
An overview of how to conduct analysis of the firm’s resources, capabilities and competencies, and how these aspects contribute to the development of competitive advantage.
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An introduction to competitive rivalry (the ongoing activity between competing firms) and competitive dynamics (the nature of competitive behaviour within a specific market).
An introduction and overview of the strategic role of diversification in multi-business management, and the significance of risk in determining strategic activity.
An introduction to the role and types of strategic alliances at both the business and corporate level.
An introduction to the role of ethics in strategic decision-making, and to the importance of sound corporate governance measures in the implementation of strategic plans.
A more detailed examination of the strategy-structure relationship, considering different models of structure and their implications for the implementation of strategy.
An introduction to the relationship between leadership and strategy, and the role and function of top-management-teams in determining and implementing strategic activity.
A more detailed examination of an entrepreneurial strategy and how innovation through the company contributes to growth and the strengthening of internal capabilities and competitive positioning.