MANAGEMT 7129OL - Strategic Alignments
Online - Online Teaching 3 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MANAGEMT 7129OL Course Strategic Alignments Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Online Teaching 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description Enterprise success depends on a well-defined strategy. Managers should be able to link the organisation?s objectives, structure, resources and business environment in order to achieve higher enterprise performance. This can be accomplished by creating a clear sense of direction and developing an enterprise framework for discussion and alignment for decisions to be made. Managers play a core role in developing enterprise strategy that provides vision and direction, and to communicate and share that direction so that everyone understands how they can contribute. A three-step approach will be followed in this course: understanding the environment (what can be done?), selecting actions (what and why?), and implementation (How?).
Course Coordinator: Robert GilliverCourse Coordinator: Bob Gilliver
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the purpose and process of strategic management in a modern organisation
2. Critique internal and external information to develop scenarios and formulate strategies to create strategic choices to influence decision making
3. Articulate strategies to drive business decisions and align strategy elements into a cohesive framework
4. Integrate stakeholder management into the creation, implementation and management of strategy and facilitating change
5. Review the use of a range of control methods to manage strategy implementation and inform future strategy design.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAccess to the following Text is required to successfully complete this course.
You will be able to purchase an electronic compilation version of the readings for this course as follows:
Title: Strategic Alignment (Custom Edition eBook)
List price: $65 for the ebook
The contents of your custom book have been specially tailored to fit your course requirements. The chapters come from two highly regarded texts:
Strategic Management , 6th Edition by Graham Hubbard, John Rice and Peter Galvin and Strategic Management and Business Policy , Global Edition, 15th Edition by Thomas L. Wheelen, J. David Hunger, Alan N. Hoffman and Charles E. Bamford.
NOTE: As the custom book retains the original chapter and page numbers of the source books, you will notice gaps in some of the chapter numbers (e.g., Hubbard Chapter 5 is followed by Chapter 9). Thus, some page numbers do not run in consecutive order.
Recommended ResourcesAll Course Readings are available through the links in each module and also available through the ‘Course Readings’ menu item in the navigation bar.
Online LearningThe course is delivered over a 6 week period.
Planning of your time will be critical to immerse in the readings, activities, and discussions which provide the breadth and depth of knowledge to support your learning and completion of your assessments.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIn Week 1 you will learn about the fundamentals of strategic management for modern organisations and how these fundamentals underpin the processes to develop a strategy that will shape the intent and future direction of the organisation.
In Week 2 you will learn how strategy can be aligned to the internal and external environment in which an organisation operates. You will be introduced to a number of models and frameworks that can be used as practical tools to ensure that strategy is aligned to environmental conditions.
In Week 3 you will develop your understanding of how to formulate strategy. You will consider how to utilise information from a wide variety of sources to develop scenarios and strategic options and how to use proven concepts and tools to formulate strategy.
In Week 4 you will learn about corporate strategy, business strategy and functional strategy , and how to integrate these three levels in a coherent manner to achieve optimal strategic outcomes.
In Week 5 the focus is on the role played by internal and external stakeholders in helping an organisation to set strategic direction, to undertake strategy implementation, and maintain ongoing strategic management. You will consider both internal and external stakeholders and how their contributions to the organisation are managed.
In Week 6 you will conclude the course with an examination of how best to implement strategy, and once implemented, how best to monitor, report and evaluate progress of the new or re-aligned strategy.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Students should allocate approximately 25 hours per week to accomplish the Learning Outcomes for this Intensive Course. In total the course is estimated to require 144 hours for completion.
Learning Activities SummaryThis course includes class discussions, research activities, and online tutorials.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will need to be able to:
- Navigate their way around this course environment.
- Navigate their way around the internet.
- Interact online through class discussion forums.
- Participate in weekly Zoom tutorials.
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Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcome Assessment 1: Report about environmental analysis End of Week 2, Sunday 11:59pm 20% LO 2 Assessment 2: Brief to CEO on strategy and planning End of Week 4, Sunday 11:59pm 30% LO 1, 2, 3, 5 Assessment 3: Report on strategy and stakeholder engagement End of Week 6, Sunday 11:59pm 40% LO 4, 5, 6 Assessment 4: Critical Business Reflections End of Week 6, Sunday 11:59pm 10% LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment Related RequirementsThe requirements for each assessment are as follows:
The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate your understanding of how to critique internal and external information to develop scenarios and formulate strategies to create strategic choices to influence decision making.
This assessment is designed to evaluate your understanding of the purpose and process of strategic management in a modern organization, and review the use of a range of control methods to manage strategy implementation and inform future strategy design.
The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate your understanding of how to align strategy elements into a cohesive framework and integrate stakeholder management into the creation, implementation and management of strategy.
The purpose of this assessment is to prepare a business-critical Briefing Paper, which proposes how your organisation might respond to a current strategic issue. You will use your reflective journal to inform your Briefing Paper and also submit your reflective journal as part of your assessment.
Assessment DetailAssessment Task 1: Report about Environmental Analysis
In this assessment, you will prepare a brief 1,200-word report on the internal and external environment for your organisation’s senior decision makers. The report will include identification of factors influencing your organisation’s ability to achieve its objectives and consider the opportunities and risks these factors create.
• Due: End of Week 2, Sunday 11:59pm
• Percentage of grade: 20%
• Type: Individual – Report
Assessment Task 2: Brief to CEO on Strategy and Planning
In this assessment, you will prepare a 1,800-word briefing note for the CEO of your organisation evaluating current strategy development and planning practices and recommending changes to improve those practices.
• Due: End of Week 4, Sunday 11:59pm
• Percentage of grade: 30%
• Type: Individual – Brief
Assessment Task 3: Report on Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement
In this assessment you will identify and briefly describe in 2,500 words the internal and external stakeholders for your organisation, including the interest they have in your organisation strategy. You are required to evaluate the methodologies used to engage with these stakeholders and compare those methodologies with approaches that have been successfully used by other organisations.
• Due: End of Week 6, Sunday 11:59pm
• Percentage of grade: 40%
• Type: Individual – Report
Assessment Task 4: Critical Business Reflection
In this assessment, you will first need to review the entries made each week in your ePortfolio, reflective journal. You are then required to write an 800-word business-critical reflection, in the form of a Briefing Paper. In this, you must propose how your organisation can best leverage its strategic management processes to achieve its desired purpose / goals.
• Due: End of Week 6, Sunday 11:59pm
• Percentage of grade: 10%
• Type: Individual – Report
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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
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