Comprehend the role of effective leadership in developing organisational strategies

An ability to critically analyse information,formulate conclusions and exhibit original thought

 

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Unit Description

The unit introduces and outlines the major themes, models, principles and practices of strategic management. It also explores the role of leadership in developing sound and effective organisational strategy. The unit will emphasise the contrast between conventional intended strategy and the new concept of emergent strategy. The unit commences with a review of a strategic management model and the importance of effective leadership in achieving effective strategy.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit a student should be able to:

1. Understand the fundamental concepts underlying the study of organisational strategy and the elements which constitute the strategic management process.

2. Comprehend the role of effective leadership in developing organisational strategies.

3. Understand strategy from the perspective of the resources-based view (RVB).

4. Develop skills in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

 

Assessment 1

Description/Focus:

The purpose of this assignment is to provide an opportunity to utilise your skills and knowledge of strategic planning to undertake the tasks associated with the key question of where are we now in relation to the external environment and industry structure currently facing your chosen industry.

You will conduct a ‘five forces analyses’ for an industry of your choice. Based on your analysis, you need to indicate how profitable do you think the industry currently is and what are the factors driving that profitability. Also discuss how will these factor change in the future and what will be the effect of these changes on industry profitability.

 

Task:

Utilise the University library, the Internet and any information made available by the industry (e.g. report, promotional materials, industry trends etc) to provide an analysis of the industry’s current operations

 

Assessment criteria:

1. An ability to utilise sources such as the Internet and University library facilities to search, locate and summarise data relevant to the assignment

2. An ability to utilise appropriate academic theories about analysing key variables within the external environment which have a direct impact on the industry and macro-environmental variables that might impact current and future performance

3. An ability to develop a review of the industry forces and industry structure including identification of what key factors are most likely to impact industry profitability

4. An ability to present a well written, well-structured report

5. An ability to critically analyse information, formulate conclusions and exhibit original thought.

 

Assessment 2

Description/Focus:

The focus of this assignment is to assess the strategic dimensions of your own organisation or any organisation that you are familiar with.

You are to critically assess and document the following dimensions:

  • Generic business strategy
  • Organizational culture
  • Formal organizational structure

 

You need to clearly articulate the conclusions that you draw about these dimensions individually. What linkages and consistency can you identify or infer within these dimensions?

 

Task:

The purpose of this assignment is to provide an opportunity to utilise your knowledge of strategic management to assess three key aspects of the organisation of your choice

 

Assessment criteria:

1. An ability to utilise sources such as the Internet and University library facilities to search, locate and summarise data relevant to the assignment

2. An ability to assess organisational culture

3. An ability to utilise appropriate theories about business strategy to assess the relevance of the three dimensions for the chosen organisation

4. An ability to assess the formal organizational structure and its impact on communications and decision making

5. An ability to utilise appropriate theories to assess the linkages between specific dimensions of strategy

6. Presentation of an appropriate arguments to justify your conclusion about the consistency and linkages in the chosen organisation

7. An ability to present a well written, well-structured report

 

In this unit, the following graduate attributes are developed:

Acquisition:

Can identify, retrieve, evaluate and use relevant information and current technologies to advance learning and execute work tasks.

 

Application:

Is an efficient and innovative project planner and problem solver, capable of applying logical and critical thinking to problems across a range of disciplinary settings and has self-management skills that contribute to personal satisfaction and growth.

 

Creativity:

Can conceive of imaginative and innovative responses to future orientated challenges and research.

 

Knowledge base:

Has an understanding of the broad theoretical and technical concepts related to their discipline area, with relevant connections to industry, professional, and regional and indigenous knowledge

 

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