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BUS3054 : Strategy, Organizations & Society

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rafael Corredoira
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 realpolitik 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 in crisis and new challengers
2. Strategies for managing systemic risks and externalities
3. A political dimension of strategies, organisations and societies
4. Technology and disruptions to organizational strategies and societies
5. SOS and collaborative inter-organizational practices
6. Global Perspectives on Strategy, Organisations and Society

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:0011 x 2hour PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion198:0098:00Including independent reading and study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading169:0069:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:004 x 2hour PiP seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:003 x 1hour LIVE online drop-in/surgery
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
Essay2M1002,000 words.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MStudents prepare notes on assignment for peer and tutor discussion during seminars and Q&A to scaffold learning for the main assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

Reading Lists