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Strategy - Classic and Contemporary Views, 15 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Master´s Programme in Business Administration - Strategy and Management in International Organizations
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Business administration - FÖA
  COURSE CODE   722A22
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.

After completion of the course the students will be expected to
- reproduce central strategic concepts and ideas as well as the development of the field of strategic management
- illustrate and explain differences and similarities between major ways of strategic thinking
- be able to compare and relate thoughts and elements from different schools of strategic thinking
- make use of models and concepts
- differentiate between and select appropriate theories and models for different situations

In addition to this the students will have gained experience of working in culturally/ethnically/nationally diverse teams.
The course contains both classic and contemporary thoughts on strategy. The classic views represent the canon of the field of strategy, i.e. 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. The course thus deals with aspects of competitive advantage spanning from companies' internal resources, through the marketplace, to the attention of the final consumer an his/her role in the value creating process.

In the course, the following aspects will be dealt with:
- competition and competitive advantage
- industry analysis
- value creation
- innovation
- resource-based strategy analysis
- dynamic capabilities
- aesthetic and symbolic dimensions of strategy
The course consists of a combination of assignments, projects, readings, seminars and lectures. Student activity is a presupposition. Language of instruction: English.
The course will be examined through a combination of individual and group assignments. Detailed information regarding form and content of the examination is to be found in the course description.

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.

Bachelor of Arts in behavioural sciences, business economics or in subject areas corresponding to these fields. Further, the degree should include basic courses of at least 15 credits in research methodology and 15 credits in organizational studies, organizational psychology or corresponding 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: Paper based 575 + TWE-score 4.5, and internet based 90), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.5 and no band under 5.5), 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.
Strategy - Classic and Contemporary Views
Strategy - Classic and Contemporary Views
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IEI - Department of Management and Engineering
Registrar No: 254/02-41 och 255/02-41   Course Code: 722A22      
    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 2008-09-10
Latest revision 2010-09-10