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Strategic Management (Advanced study course in business administration)

Strategic Management (Advanced study course in business administration)
Master programme in
Business studies * / Business Administration and Leadership * / Business Administration and Leadership / Business Administration and Leadership
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Responsible for the activity
Kristian J. Sund (sund@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Mette Apollo Rasmussen (apollo@ruc.dk)
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

Advanced study course in business administration

Via the course, students gain a critical insight into and understanding of strategic management, and how companies interact with their environment, through planning and organizing strategic processes. The course provides students with an insight into perspectives on strategic management as well as analytical tools, in order to analyse companies and challenges, and prepare strategy proposals.

Detailed description of content

With this course, students acquire a critical insight into the practice of strategic management, including how firms plan and organise strategic processes, and act as a result of changes the external environment and business context. Students are introduced to relevant strategy tools, and literature in the area. The course therefore aims to both give students an overview of perspectives on strategic management, and give them the tools to analyse concrete cases and problems, and develop strategic responses. Key themes include strategic purpose; Strategy as a process; The firm’s relationship to the environment; Competitive strategy; Strategy and cognition; The resource-based and dynamic capability views of the firm; Corporate strategy; Growth strategy and mergers and acquisitions; International strategy.

Course material and Reading list

The core textbook for the course is Grant, R. M. (2021). Contemporary strategy analysis. John Wiley & Sons.

A number of additional readings will be posted on Moodle.

Cases will be regularly selected and may change from semester to semester.

Overall plan and expected work effort

Study intensity

In class teaching (lectures): 20 hours

Case work: 40 hours

Individual study: 60 hours

Exam (including preparation): 15 hours

Total study intensity: 135 hours

Teaching and learning activities

The course is delivered as a series of in-class lectures during which key theories, frameworks, and models are explained. The lectures are interactive and real-world cases are used to illustrate and discuss theory. Students are expected outside of class to work in small groups to solve a number of business cases and hand these in to receive formative feedback. This prepares students for the exam.

Evaluation and feedback

The activity is evaluated regularly in accordance with the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be informed about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. See link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raad-naevn-og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-erhvervsoekonomi-og-virksomhedsstudier/arbejdet-med-kvalitet-i-uddannelserne/


Topic 1: What is strategic management?

Topic 2: Strategic purpose and scope

Topic 3: Environmental change

Topic 4: The nature of competition and industry analysis

Topic 5: Competitive advantage

Topic 6: Competitive strategy

Topic 7: Corporate strategy

Topic 8: International strategy

Topic 9: Performance management

Topic 10: Organizational design, culture and strategy

Overall learning outcomes

  • Students acquire knowledge of the theory and practice of corporate strategic management, as well as the management’s role in strategic planning and strategic development. Students gain an understanding of companies’ strategic competences, processes and organisation in relation to changes in their external environment. Through business cases and contexts, students learn to develop, assess and evaluate relevant strategies. Finally, students acquire skills to observe the consequences of new knowledge and to reflect on the usefulness of theories and tools in various contexts.

Form of examination
Individual written invigilated exam

The duration of the exam is 3 hours.

Permitted support and preparation materials for the exam: All.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Demonstrate knowledge regarding the basic theories and models of strategic management; ¨ Analyze a firm’s strategy and/or a strategic problem;
Develop and evaluate a strategy based on theory;
Reflect critically on the limits of different theories; and whether the exam fulfills all formal requirements.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60025GB
Last changed 06/11/2023

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Tuesday 13-02-2024 12:15 - 13-02-2024 16:00 in week 07
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Tuesday 27-02-2024 12:15 - 27-02-2024 16:00 in week 09
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Tuesday 12-03-2024 12:15 - 12-03-2024 16:00 in week 11
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Tuesday 02-04-2024 12:15 - 02-04-2024 16:00 in week 14
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Tuesday 09-04-2024 12:15 - 09-04-2024 16:00 in week 15
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Wednesday 15-05-2024 09:00 - 15-05-2024 12:00 in week 20
Strategic Management - exam (BAL, VL)

Tuesday 06-08-2024 09:00 - 06-08-2024 12:00 in week 32
Strategic Management - reexam (BAL, VL)