ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

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Code ULMS822
Coordinator Dr DK Anderton
Work, Organisation and Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 10

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


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 4




Timetable (if known) 60 mins X 1 totaling 4
180 mins X 1 totaling 12
      120 mins X 1 totaling 8
60 mins X 1 totaling 4
Private Study 72


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Group video (narrated slide deck) There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): 1  20-30 minutes    40       
Individual assignment There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): 1  -1500 words    60       


The aim of this module is to provide students with a sound understanding of what it means for an organisation to develop and implement a strategy that enables it to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. They learn to evaluate critically how the processes of strategic management assist firms in major corporate and business decisions relating to the scope, scale and direction of an organisation’s activities.

Students learn how to identify and analyse strategic challenges and opportunities, and to develop recommendations for implementable strategic actions.

Using a case-based approach, the module encourages students to put themselves into the shoes of managers who are faced with strategic dilemmas or underexploited opportunities. They are then given a range of approaches, frameworks and methods in order to analyse and understand these challenges on a deeper level, and to develop meaningful strategic options.

The module draws on both behavioural and economi c perspectives on strategy. It aims to make students aware of central theories and debates in the strategy literature, eg the resource-based view of the firm, value creation and value appropriation strategies, theories of competitive positioning, the notion of the boundaries of the firm. It also helps students to develop a conceptual understanding of resilience and an awareness of strategies for coping with disruptive change.

Furthermore, the module takes a critical approach, in that it provides opportunities to reflect on the purpose of business and the effects of strategic actions on different stakeholder groups.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Define strategy and trace its development as a business discipline, with particular reference to the broadening scope of the field from positioning to resource based approaches;

(LO2) Identify key elements of strategic management, from mission through to implementation;

(LO3) Analyse an organisation and identify its strategic strengths and weaknesses;

(LO4) Understand the notions of value creation and strategic prioritising approaches derived from it;

(LO5) Demonstrate awareness of the global nature of strategy;

(LO6) Analyse markets and industries using a variety of strategic management approaches, while understanding the limitations of those approaches;

(LO7) Understand different perspectives on the role of business in society.

(S1) Adaptability. Use of multiple cases and examples. Students need to switch from one problem set to the next quickly.

(S2) Problem solving skills. Each case involves a set of complex problems that need to be addressed.

(S3) Numeracy. The module involves a heavy emphasis on empirical analyses in the context of strategic questions.

(S4) Commercial awareness. Solutions are assessed with respect to the question of whether they are commercially viable.

(S5) Teamworking skills. The presentation is held by diverse teams (in terms of nationality, gender, etc.)

(S6) Organisational skills. The module has tight deadlines. The group presentation requires good organisational skills.

(S7) Communication skills. Cases are discussed interactively and presented by groups. Students need good written communication skills for their assignments.

(S8) IT skills. Use of presentation software and spreadsheet packages for problem solving.

(S9) International awareness. The module discusses case studies of international companies.

(S10) Lifelong learning skills. Nature of strategy requires application to real-life settings.

(S11) Ethical awareness. Ethical implications of strategic decision-making situations are discussed.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

2 hour online asynchronous learning per week x 4 weeks
1 hour online synchronous lecture per week x 4 weeks
3 hour face-to-face seminar every week x 4 weeks
1 hour face-to-face peer-to-peer learning every week (unscheduled) x 4 weeks
Self-directed learning x 72 hours



What is strategy?

Definitions and scope;
Exercising judgement.

Identifying and selecting business opportunities:

Business level strategy, business models, resources and capabilities; Generic competitive strategies.

Growing the business:

Competitive landscape analysis and strategic positioning; Diversification;
Internationalisation strategies.

Changing the business:

Creative destruction, innovation and disruption.

The complex organisation:

Managing change;
Strategic leadership.

Recommended Texts

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