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Business Administration 4. Strategy , 30 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Single Subject Course
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Business administration - FÖA
  COURSE CODE   722A03
The aim of the course is to enhance students' capabilities to act and work in contemporary and future organizations. A course ambition is to educate discerning consumers of strategic thought, i.e. students able to reflect upon fads and fashions and achievements of management research and writings.
On completion of the course the students will be able to:
- reproduce central strategic concepts and thoughts as well as the development of the field of strategic management.
- ilustrate and explain differences and similarities between major ways of strategic thinking.
- make use of models and concepts
- differentiate between and select appropriate theories and models for different situations
- compare, relate and synthesize thoughts and elements from different schools of strategic thinking.
- evaluate and make judgements about strategies and ideas on strategy.
Classic and Contemporary Views, 15 ECTS credits
The course contains both classic and contemporary thoughts on strategy. The classic views represent the canon of the field of strategy and they include models and concepts that students of strategy are expected to know. In the course this inevitable heritage of theories and models is complemented with more contemporary ideas on strategy which also serve as a vehicle for challenging some of the classic ideas.
In the course the following aspects will be dealt with:
- competition and competitive advantage
- value creation
- innovation
- firms' and organisations' inner and outer contexts
- industry analysis
- processes of strategy formulation, implementation and strategic change
- internationalization of firms and strategies.

Thesis, 15 ECTS-credits
Students are to choose, delimit and write on a thesis subject in pairs within the area of business administration. To provide support for the thesis there will be a series of seminars comprising a number of working seminars where students' theses are presented and discussed, as well as a number of seminars on science and method, which are integrated with the previous master's degree course.
The course consists of a combination of assignments, projects, readings, seminars and lectures. Student activity is a presupposition.
The students write the thesis in pairs under the guidance of a supervisor. To support the process there are a series of working seminars where the students thesis are presented and discussed as well as a number of seminars on science and method. Language of instructions: English
The course will be examined through a combination of individual and group assignments.
The thesis is to be presented and defended at a seminar.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

The student must have completed Business Administration 1, 30 ECTS credits and Business Administration 2, 30 ECTS credits. The student must also have passed at least 22,5 ECTS credits of Business Administration 3, 30 ECTS credits. Further the requirements are that the student have completed at least 60 ECTS credits in other academic subjects. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 550 + TWE-score 4.0, computorbased 213 and internetbased 79), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.0 and no band under 5.0), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Business Administration 4. Strategy
Business Administration 4. Strategy
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IEI - Department of Management and Engineering
Registrar No: 127/07-41   Course Code: 722A03      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Business administration - FÖA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X   Advanced level     FÖA   SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2007-08-17