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Undergraduate Course: International Strategic Management in Practice (BUST10104)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionStrategy is central to contemporary organizations. This course seeks to outline the analytical contours of modern strategy in the broader context of globalization. Conceptually, the course will examine debates on decision-making, elites, financialization, globalization, power and politics, and performativity/reactivity. The course will illustrate these concepts through ┐real life┐ examples, including an exploration of the global financial crisis, a study of changes in the BBC, and an evaluation of the implications of the social media for strategy. The course will blend theory with practice, encouraging participants to reflect on how they would deal with complex strategic problems. The course will comprise of lectures, class presentations and visits by some guest speakers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Business Studies Honours entry.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAn equivalent to two years of study in Business courses at University level.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Week 1: Doing Strategy Work.
Week 2: Globalization and Strategy.
Week 3: Financialization and the Global Financial Crisis.
Week 4: Strategic Decision-Making.
Week 5: Power and Politics.
Week 6: Non-Teaching Week (Innovative Learning).
Week 7: Non-Teaching Week.
Week 8: League Tables, Rankings and Performance Measures / Class presentations.
Week 9: Class Presentations
Week 10: Business Elites
Week 11: Strategy and Social Media
Week 12: Examination Preparation
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course participants will possess a comprehensive understanding of the interconnections between strategy, organizations and broader societal issues. In particular, participants will have a thorough grounding in:

- The implications of globalization for strategy.
- The rise of financialization and its implications for strategists.
- The processes of strategic decision-making.
- The role of power and politics in organizational life.
- The potential impact of rankings and league tables on strategy making.
- The challenges social media pose for strategy.
- The formation of corporation elites.
Assessment Information
This course is assessed through (1) a group presentation (10%), (2) a group report (30%), and (3) a final examination (60%).
The scheduling of the assessment is organised as follows:
1. Each group will be given a case study to prepare and analyse. Groups will present in weeks 8 and 9. At this point, the lecturer will provide each group with formative and summative feedback, to help develop and improve their work for the group report.
2. Each group will prepare a 3,500 word strategy report, providing a strategic analysis and set of recommendations. This will be submitted in week 11 (precise hand-in to be confirmed). Feedback will be provided in week 12.
3. A two-hour examination (60% of the grade) in the summer examination diet, in which students will be expected to attempt two out of five questions.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list The set course textbook is:
Clegg, S, Carter, C, Kornberger, M. and Schweitzer, J (2011), Strategy: Theory and Practice. London: Sage.
In addition to this it is recommended you read certain academic articles that will be specified.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiser Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3825
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