COMMGMT 3501 - Strategic Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course focuses on the analysis and synthesis underpinning sound strategic management.Strategic management is concerned with the long-term direction, scope and performance of an organization. Whether the overall strategy of an organization emerges from the interplay of functional departments or is a grand plan devised by one group, its success is contingent on the fit that is made between the organization and the relevant environmental dynamics. The actions of the organization are simultaneously a result of these dynamics and a cause of them. Hence a continuous, accurate analysis and synthesis of environmental and organizational interactions is a critical component of successful strategy.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 3501
    Course Strategic Management
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites COMMGMT 1001
    Incompatible COMMGMT 3510
    Assumed Knowledge 48 units of program attempted and passed
    Course Description This course focuses on the analysis and synthesis underpinning sound strategic management.Strategic management is concerned with the long-term direction, scope and performance of an organization. Whether the overall strategy of an organization emerges from the interplay of functional departments or is a grand plan devised by one group, its success is contingent on the fit that is made between the organization and the relevant environmental dynamics. The actions of the organization are simultaneously a result of these dynamics and a cause of them. Hence a continuous, accurate analysis and synthesis of environmental and organizational interactions is a critical component of successful strategy.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Chris Smith

    Dr Chris Smith
    Room: 10-35, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide 5005 SA
    Telephone: +61 8 8332
    Email: dr.chris.smith@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Weekly lectures begin from the first week of Semester


  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Critically analyse the internal and external environments in which businesses operate and assess the implications of forecast changes.
    2. Apply understanding of the theories, concepts and tools that support strategic management in organizations.
    3. Individually and collaboratively evaluate and synthesise information and existing knowledge from numerous sources and experiences.
    4. Apply appropriate tools, theories and concepts to analyse strategic issues in organizationas and to develop options for implementation.
    5. Participate constructively in team situations to complete tasks and meet agreed deadlines.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The text for this course is:
    Grant, R. M. (2016) Contemporary Strategy Analysis (9th Edn.) Wiley
     

    Recommended Resources
    Harvard Business Review
    Journal of Strategic Management
    Long Range Planning
    Online Learning
    MyUni is used extensively in this course for announcements, assignment submission and assessment advice. Please ensure you have access to MyUni BEFORE lectures begin.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course delivers all critical material in a 2 hour lecture each week of the semester.
    Tutorial sessions run for an hour each week provide an opportunity for students to workshop concepts, theories, tools and models to advance their understanding through questions, discussions and presentations.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    At least 3 hours of study time is required for each lecture, over and above the contact hours of the lecture and tutorial/workshops in each intensive. This expectation is considered to provide the level of study required in order to achieve an effective understanding of the course material.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Pre-reading of text for lecture 1
    Participation in flipped classroom discussions 2
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Individual Assignment TBA 40% 1,2,3,4
    Group Presentation TBA 20% 1,2,3,4,5
    Final Exam TBA 40% 1,2,3,4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    In order to pass the course students must achieve a grade of 50% for the course and 50% for the weighted average of the individual components (i.e. the assignment and the examination).
    Assessment Detail

    Individual (40%)

    The assignment is aimed as assessing you understanding and your ability to apply the models of environmental analysis that underpin the formulation of strategy i.e. the material covered in lectures 1-7.
    The management of Coles in Australia has asked you to provide them a view on their industry in 2028 in terms of a synthesis of structure/stage/forces/macro trends. Write the report as if it is 2028 and indicate why the situation is as it is – cite evidence!

    Notes:
    You are not advising Coles on its strategy or its actions;
    You are not required to give recommendations (no marks will be given for either of these.
    Write the report as if it was October 2028

    Output: 2000-2500 words (word format document) submitted via MyUni (TurnItIn) by midnight 16/09/18.

    On a ‘no fault’ basis (i.e. it does not matter what reasons or circumstances are ‘to blame’) late submissions will first be graded and then a deductions of 5% per day late will be made to that grade. 

    Group (30%)

    This assignment assesses your ability to work in a team to deliver a set of strategic recommendations that are logically grounded in environmental analysis, i.e. the material covered in weeks 1-10. This work will be the focus of the tutorials.

    Create* a PowerPoint presentation to the governing body of the University of Adelaide on the topic: Environmental Dynamics and Strategic Orientations with respect to the Merger with the University of South Australia. i.e. https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news100742.html
    *You will not be making a presentation but you will be handing one in.
    Output: A maximum of 15 slides (including cover slide) submitted via MyUni by midnight 21/10/18. 
    On a ‘no fault’ basis (i.e. it does not matter what reasons or circumstances are ‘to blame’) late submissions will first be graded and then a deductions of 5% per day late will be made to that grade. 

    Examination (30%)
    This assesses your ability to use principles of strategy formulation and implementation to analyse real world situations (i.e. cases/articles). It will entail an open-book examination based on sessions 8-12. More details will be given in class.

    Please note that to be eligible for Additional Assessment (previously referred to as Supplementary Examinations) in this course ALL required assessment tasks must be submitted.

    For information on Harvard referencing refer to:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/referencing_guides/harvardStyleGuide.pdf

    Submission
    1. Please note that all requests for extensions should be directed in writing no later than 48 hours before the due date. Extension requests after this time will only be granted for exceptional circumstances. This does not include poor time management or poor file management.

      All assignments are to be lodged at, or prior to, the due date and time. A late assignment where no extension has been granted will be penalised by a reduction of 5% of the mark given for each day, or part of a day, that it is late.

    5.3.1 Presentation of Assignments

    1. Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.

    2. All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet that must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Lecturers will withhold students’ results until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet.

    3. All group assignments must be attached to a Group Assignment Cover Sheet that must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.

    4. Students may not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course.

    5. Markers can refuse to accept assignments that do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s Policy on Plagiarism: www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/


     

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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