Course code AOS237

AOS237 Business Strategy

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Course responsible: Silja Marianna Korhonen-Sande
Teachers: Silja Marianna Korhonen-Sande, Nils Sanne
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2007H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The central themes are strategic planning, internal and external analysis, formulation of business strategies and business models, strategies in various contexts, and strategy implementation.
Learning outcome:
This course provides the students with a basic theoretical tool bag in business strategy: knowledge of central concepts and models. The students will apply these concepts and models to analyze the external and internal environment of an organization, to formulate and choose between appropriate strategy alternatives and to discuss organizational designs for strategy implementation based on the analysis. The students are able to formulate and solve strategic problems both alone and as a part of a group, and can communicate their solutions both orally and in a written form. The students will develop an interest in strategy and appreciate the importance of strategic thinking in various societal contexts
Learning activities:
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 literature for each lecture is given in the lecture plan. The students apply the theories on cases also in small groups and present the results at case-seminars and at class during the lectures.
Teaching support:
The students will receive feedback at the case-seminars and in connection with the lectures. 
Robert M. Grant and Judith Jordan. Foundations of Strategy. 2015 (2nd ed.). Wiley. Articles. Lecture notes.
AOS120, AOS130, BUS100. It is expected that the participants are able to read text book, cases and articles in English. 
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Two mandatory assignments (two case analysis assignments and presentation of those assignments at two case-seminars) that are graded passed/ failed and must be passed before the student can participate in the final exam. Participation in the seminars and group work  is compulsory. The mandatory activities are valid only for one semester. 
Term paper in small groups (30% of the final grade) and written individual three-hours exam (70% of the final grade). Term paper and the exam must be passed during the same semester. Both exam and the term paper must be passed to pass the course. There is no re-take examination in this course. Those who do not pass the course need to take the course again (including the mandatory activities, term paper and individual exam) next time the course is organized.
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
3-4 hours lectures and seminars per week. In addition group work related to cases.
An external examiner will assess the curriculum and questions for the exam, and principles for evaluation.
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått