BUS305 Strategy Analysis and Strategy Development
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Course responsible: Silja Marianna Korhonen-Sande
Teachers: Glenn Roger Kristiansen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2011-2012
The course has two main themes. Strategic positioning in relation to the analysis of industry, company resources and stakeholders, and strategic choice in relation to competitive advantage and the boundaries of the firm. The linkages between entrepreneurial and strategic thinking are discussed.
By presenting and discussing theories/ perspectives applied in strategic management and by analysing strategic action in various industry contexts, the students will develop an understanding of why some firms succeed in competition and others do not. The students will understand how different theories complement and contradict each other, and deepen their knowledge of factors that influence firm strategy as well as the antecedents and consequences of various strategic choices. The course will strengthen the skills in using different methods in the analysis of external and internal environment and in choosing the appropriate strategies. The students will see the uncertainty and trade-offs that management must deal with in strategic decision making.
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 at the course program. The students apply the theories on cases and discuss and present key literature in small groups.
The studentes receive feedback on their progress based on the presentations in the class room. The teacher is available via e-mail and during the lectures for questions and supervision.
Johnson, G., K. Scholes and R. Whittington. 2012. Fundamentals of Strategy, 2/E. (for repetition) Articles (reading list will be published at Fronter). Lecture notes
AOS 130 (Introduction to organization theory) or similar knowledge, and AOS 237 (Introduction to business strategy) or similar knowledge. It is expected that the participants are able to read scientific literature in English.
Knowledge in marketing strategy and microeconomics makes it easier to understand the theoretical foundations of strategy.
This course requires intensive studying. The participants will be organized in small groups and each group will deliver a case report and present articles. Consequently, the participation in classroom activities and groups is compulsory. Those with good bachelor-level knowledge in strategy do not have to participate in the repetition lectures.
The assessment is based on case analysis assignment in small groups (30%) and a 30 hours individual written home exam (70%). A retake exam is organized in the following semester for those students who passed the assignment but failed the individual exam. The grade for the semester assignment is valid only for the semester when the assignment was written.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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The course will be organized in august with 4-5 hours structured activities per day (approx. 30 hours of structured activities, and in addition work in small groups). Each lecture is divided into two parts: 1) Repetition for those who feel they lack solid knowledge of central concepts and theories in strategy from the bachelor level. This knowledge is needed to solve the case assignments. 2) Article- and case-based lectures for all the students.
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått