ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Title Strategy and Governance
Code EXED527
Coordinator Prof TH McNulty
Strategy, IB and Entrepreneurship
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

EXED521 Leadership 

Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 7.5






Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 105


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Group Assessment and Presentation (narrated slide deck)  20 minutes    40       
Individual Written Assignment 1500 words  1500- words    60       


Study the interface between strategy and corporate governance to understand and evaluate organisational performance and effectiveness.
Relate concepts of management; organization; strategy and governance.
Examine the nature of management as the process that brings together strategy and governance.
Consider what is involved in formulating and managing strategy and change.
Examine the role of boards of directors as strategic decision-making groups.
Evaluate board effectiveness including the role and contribution of boards and directors in strategy, organisational performance and effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Evaluate alternative approaches to strategic management.

(LO2) Critically appraise the ''strategic management'' process.

(LO3) Think critically and analyse various sources of information relating to the management of strategy and business policy in organizations.

(LO4) Critically evaluate and use strategic analytical tools.

(LO5) Evaluate the range of forces that influence the formulation and implementation of strategy.

(LO6) Assess different governance structures and their implications for organisations.

(S1) Problem Solving

(S2) Internationally aware

(S3) Commercially Aware

(S4) Organised and able to work under pressure

(S5) Excellent Communicator

(S6) IT Literate

(S7) Ethically Aware

(S8) A lifelong learner

(S9) Team Player

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online (synchronous and asynchronous)

Case based learning (asynchronous online) x 7.5 hours
Case based learning (synchronous online) x 7.5 hours
Lecture (asynchronous online) x 7.5 hours
Lecture (synchronous either face to face or online) x 7.5 hours
Practical (asynchronous online) x 10 hours
Practical (synchronous either face to face or online) x 5 hours
Self-directed learning x 105 hours

Lectures are no longer than one hour blocks and will provide students with the opportunities to engage and discuss.

Students will be given opportunities to explore relevant theories, concepts, models relating to Strategy and Governance. These will be applied to real situations and organisations from the students experience to reflect on best practice in Strategy and Governance.

In order to broaden the range of contexts and situations studied, students will also be asked to consider a range of simulated and real situations using case studies to apply relevant theories, concepts, models relating to Strategy and Governance.

Students will be expected to complete schedule directed module pre-reading, to prepare for some exercises, tasks and assessments during the module and to research, develop and write a final written assessment. In addition to the suggested readings, students might be expected to develop their own reading, research and preparation of topics for the final assessment.



Key topics:
What is strategy, what is governance?
What is strategic management and leadership.
Perspectives and techniques of strategy, for example, planning and resource-based.
views, stakeholder analysis, strategic planning, scenario planning and business modelling.
Systems of Governance (including national & sector varieties).
The role of boards as strategic decision-making groups
Effective and ineffective boards and directors, including non-executives and company Chairs.
Organizational Change and Transformation.
Organizational Performance, Effectiveness, Success and Failure.

Materials will be made available to students via VITAL and students will also be expected to read additional materials from the suggested and required reading list using online library resources

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.