Module title: Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE11105
Module leader: Michael Fascia
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Fascia
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching philosophy comprises two strands:
- developing your knowledge and analytical skills of the frameworks and concepts essential to the study and practice of strategic management (LO1, 2, 4)
- forging a strong link between theory and actual business situations to develop your abilities to reach strategic judgements in different contexts (LO2, 3).
A variety of teaching methods are used including group working, case study workshops, academic paper reviews, use of audio visual web resources, directed reading and lectures. Weekly lectures provide an explanation of the concepts and contributions of key writers (LO1, 4), as well as practical illustrations of learning points (LO2, 3). Lectures also direct you to further reading and web sources. Weekly tutorials encourage deeper learning and provide an opportunity to receive formative feedback from your tutor and peers. Tutorials will focus on the critical review of academic thought and its application to the analysis of case studies.
Assessment: Component 1 comprises two elements. Element 1 is based on a published case study and focuses on strategic position analysis, concluding with competitive strategy recommendations. Element 2 is a group exercise where groups select a topic and case study, present their findings and then lead the tutorial discussion. Component 2 is a final case analysis concentrating on strategic formulation and implementation within the international business environment. Assessment guidelines and marking criteria are provided on Moodle and are incorporated into the student feedback sheet. The module aims to develop: group working skills (tutorial cases, LO2); analytical, problem-solving and decision making skills (LOs 1, 2, 3): build your confidence to formulate and present arguments (LO3); and your ability to think in an integrative manner, beyond functional boundaries, so as to appraise how organisational activities work together to achieve objectives (LO4).

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Online Guided independent study 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1-4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Fascia
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching philosophy comprises two strands:
- developing your knowledge and analytical skills of the frameworks and concepts essential to the study and practice of strategic management (LO1, 2, 4)
- forging a strong link between theory and actual business situations to develop your abilities to reach strategic judgements in different contexts (LO2, 3).
A variety of teaching methods are used including group working, case study workshops, academic paper reviews, use of audio visual web resources, directed reading and lectures. Weekly lectures provide an explanation of the concepts and contributions of key writers (LO1, 4), as well as practical illustrations of learning points (LO2, 3). Lectures also direct you to further reading and web sources. Weekly tutorials encourage deeper learning and provide an opportunity to receive formative feedback from your tutor and peers. Tutorials will focus on the critical review of academic thought and its application to the analysis of case studies.
Assessment: Component 1 comprises two elements. Element 1 is based on a published case study and focuses on strategic position analysis, concluding with competitive strategy recommendations. Element 2 is a group exercise where groups select a topic and case study, present their findings and then lead the tutorial discussion. Component 2 is a final case analysis concentrating on strategic formulation and implementation within the international business environment. Assessment guidelines and marking criteria are provided on Moodle and are incorporated into the student feedback sheet. The module aims to develop: group working skills (tutorial cases, LO2); analytical, problem-solving and decision making skills (Los 1, 2, 3): build your confidence to formulate and present arguments (LO3); and your ability to think in an integrative manner, beyond functional boundaries, so as to appraise how organisational activities work together to achieve objectives (LO4).

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Online Guided independent study 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1-4 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Fascia
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching: This module will provide the opportunity to apply new knowledge within the context of the students’ professional experience, reflecting on and learning from their prior experience, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. Students will be taught how to analyse, synthesise and solve complex unstructured business problems, and to develop their interpersonal skills and to be able to interact effectively with a range of specialists. The module also develops in students an active approach to study and the capacity for independent learning.

Students will be provided with flexible learning materials consisting of a Student Study Guide and an academic text. The Guide provides a general introduction to the topic, guidance on how to work through the module and a mix of reflective exercises, self-assessment questions, and end of unit progress tests. The academic text provides core academic theory relating to the topic, however, students will be directed on Moodle to additional case studies, recommended readings, journal articles and web sources. In addition students are invited to attend four half day workshops (3hrs) to review concepts and frameworks covered in the study units and reflect on their learning and relate it to prior or current work experience.

Assessment: Component 1 is based on a published case study and focuses on strategic position analysis, concluding with competitive strategy recommendations. Component 2 is a final case analysis concentrating on strategic formulation and implementation within the context of the international business environment. Assessment guidelines and marking criteria are provided on Moodle and are incorporated into the student feedback sheet.


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Online Guided independent study 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1-4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The Role and Nature of Strategic Management; Analysing the External Environment: macro-environment, industry and competitor analysis; Analysing internal resources, capabilities and core competencies; Business level and corporate level strategy; International business strategy; Strategic development: mergers and acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures; Strategy Implementation: Structure, Culture and Change.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise the frameworks, tools, and concepts required to analyse, formulate, implement and evaluate an organisation’s strategy.
LO2: Apply theoretical concepts to practical business situations through the analysis and evaluation of published case studies; research on selected companies and where appropriate draw upon experience in current or prior work organisations.
LO3: Develop and recommend creative solutions to strategic situations in different organisational contexts. LO4: Critically assess business performance from a holistic and integrative general management perspective.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - IRELAND R D, HITT M, HOSKISSON R E. (2013) THE MANAGEMENT OF STRATEGY: CONCEPTS AND CASES: SOUTH-WESTERN CENGAGE LEARNING, 10th ed.
Recommended - GRANT R. (2013) CONTEMPORARY STRATEGY ANALYSIS: JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD, 8th ed.
Recommended - DEWIT B & MEYER R. (2014) STRATEGY: PROCESS, CONTENT, CONTEXT: SOUTH-WESTERN CENGAGE LEARNING, 5th ed.
Recommended - LASSERRE P (2012) GLOBAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 3rd ed.
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