AOS237 Business Strategy
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Course responsible: Silja Marianna Korhonen-Sande
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
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This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
The central themes are strategic planning and strategic decision making, internal and external analysis, formulation of business strategies, strategies in various contexts, and strategy implementation. The course emphasises strategy development in the circular economy and sustainable strategy.
Knowledge goals: After this course, the student has knowledge of
- the key theoretical concepts in strategy
- the key theory-based models and tools to analyze the external and internal environment of an organization
- research-based decision criteria to make relevant choices in strategy formulation and implementation
- the importance of strategic thinking in the different areas of the society
After this course, the student is able to formulate and solve strategic problems both alone and as a part of a group. The students learn to apply the key strategy models and concepts in order to
- Find and analyze relevant information of the organization's external and internal environment
- Formulate and choose between appropriate strategic alternatives based on this analysis
- Present the solutions
The students are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the theory before each lecture in order to participate in discussions and exercises in the classroom. The students apply the theories on cases at class during the lectures and in the mandatory assignments. The course is divided into three modules - two of the modules have campus-based teaching and one of the modules has digital synchronized teaching.
The students will receive feedback in connection with the lectures and assignments.
The students will be informed about the syllabus at Canvas before the course starts. It is expected that the participants are able to read text book, cases and articles in English.
AOS120 Marketing and AOS130 Introduction to Organisation Theory, or equivalent courses.
Two mandatory assignments (one in groups, one individual) that are graded passed/ failed and must be passed before the student can participate in the final exam. Passing these assignments may require presence in the class room (presentations/seminars) in addition to written assignments. Information about the mandatory assignments will be given in the beginning of the course. The mandatory activities are valid only for one semester. Participation in group work is mandatory to pass this course. The groups are formed in the beginning of the course when the number of participants in known. Practical information concerning group work and group formation will be given in the beginning of the course including information about the deadlines for group formation.
Combined assessment: Term paper in groups (30% of the final grade),Written individual exam (3,5 hrs, 70% of the final grade) in the exam period. Both term paper and written exam must be passed during the same semester. Both term paper and written exam need to be passed to pass this course. There will be no re-take exam in this course. The students who do not pass need to take all parts of the examination next time the course is organized.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
7,5 ECTS overlap with AOS238-B.
Type of course:
3-4 hours lectures and seminars per week. In addition group work related to mandatory activities and term paper.
An external examiner will assess the questions for the exam, and principles for evaluation.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades