Global Opportunities

BUS3347 : Strategy, Organizations & Society (Study Abroad Sem 1)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Strategy is an obligatory passage point which connects the interior world of an organization with the exterior domain in which it operates. While Strategy has crowned itself as the queen of the management sciences, this module will critically scrutinise its legitimacy. Journeying down the brightly-lit boulevards of strategy, the module will tour through the central plazas of strategic thought. It will also venture to the edgier side of town, going down to cool cafes in dimly-lit alleyways to take in critique, controversy and the latest in innovative thinking. The module aims to be an exciting sojourn through this mysterious concept we term strategy.

Viewing strategy as a powerful language game – an esperanto for corporate elites – the module will critically interrogate the historical antecedents of strategy, the central currents of strategic thought, and cutting edge issues in strategy. It will explore strategy in the context of globalization. The module will argue that power, politics and realpolitick are central to understanding strategy. Contemporary and historical examples from corporate, public and political life will be used.

The module will connect strategy with broader issues in organizations and society.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Strategy & Capitalism
2.       Classical Strategic Thought
3.       Strategy & Power
4.       Strategy & Elites
5.       The Work of Strategy
6.       Strategy in the Age of Crisis

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00s1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00PIP: 9 in s1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP: 3 in s1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:00PIP: S1 essay surgeries, block activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00s1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PIP: Semester 1
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3054Strategy, Organizations & Society
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture based delivery of this module is appropriate to the delivery of complex ideas. The two hour lectures will include a range of audio-visual materials which will enhance the student experience.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MGroup presentation of findings for Seminar 2 (Collaborative strategies).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will enable an in-depth investigation of a strategy topic.

Reading Lists