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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Management as Practice (CMSE11591)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryStrategic management deals with how leadership and management may contribute to the competitive advantage of firms or other organisations. This course introduces strategic management with a focus on firms' contemporary challenges and opportunities emerging from large-scale changes such as climate change and digital transformation. For this purpose, we apply a sophisticated perspective that is informed by practice-theoretical research.
Course description The course discusses strategic management and develops your understanding and practical skills of collectively developing strategies, putting three points into the centre: First, strategies are the result of social practices (e.g., new and established procedures of developing a strategy involving people with different interests). Second, strategic management deals with societal change and emerging practices across organisational boundaries (e.g., new consumer behaviour facilitated through new technologies, or in response to global warming). Third, one key challenge strategists face in today┬┐s society is the management of competing demands, such as performing in the present and learning for the future or profit orientation, social purpose, and contributions to environmental issues.

Outline content:
The course consists of three sections:
- Strategic management as social practice
- Environmental and organisational analyses
- Strategy development

Student learning experience:
The course organiser combines in-person lectures and seminars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  50
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% coursework (group presentation incl. 20% WebPA peer assessment) - assesses all learning outcomes
50% coursework (individual report) - assesses learning outcomes 1 and 3
Feedback Feedback will be provided on the assessment within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand, critically discuss, and apply the tools and concepts of strategic management.
  2. Manage work within teams, and apply theoretical insights to the analysis of strategic challenges.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity by specifying problems and the systematic development of approaches to these problems in a reflexive fashion showing both awareness of competing arguments for different approaches and skills of convincing others that the developed approach is the right one.
Learning Resources
Whittington, R., Angwin, D., Regner, P., Johnson, G., Scholes, K., & Koleva, P. (2019). Exploring strategy: text and cases. Pearson Education.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Appropriate Communication
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Understand and Make Effective Use of Data
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Personal and Professional Competence
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality.

Academic Excellence
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence to make, and present, well-informed and transparent organisation-related decisions which have a positive global impact.

Intellectual Curiosity
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.
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Course organiserDr Marc Krautzberger
Course secretaryMiss Mary Anne Boeff
Tel: (0131 6)50 8072
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