GRA 6835 The Practicing Strategist

GRA 6835 The Practicing Strategist

Course code: 
GRA 6835
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
6
Program of study: 
Master of Science in Business
Course coordinator: 
Birgitte Grøgaard
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Business - Strategy
Semester: 
2020 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

This is the final course for MSc in Business, Strategy majors. The course integrates and builds on knowledge gained in the other MSc courses. To prepare students for practical work in strategy, this course focuses on developing and applying the skills which are needed to operate as a strategist. In order to develop these skills, students will undertake a "live" strategy project for an organization. Students will be organized into groups, each with a unique project.

During the semester, interact directly with their “client organization”. The groups scope their projects, identify and gather data for their strategic analysis, and provide recommendations to their clients.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Participants have gained insight into the practice of strategic analysis/consulting
  • Participants have gained experience in real projects
  • Participants can analyze internal and external environments and identify key strategic challenges
  • Participants go beyond the basic issues and identify nuances and complexities of the issue
  • Participants identify and question the validity of key assumptions underlying the issue
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Participants have developed skills in identifying main strategic challenges and breaking these down into manageable topics/issues to analyze
  • Participants have developed skills in assessing the appropriateness of applying key concepts and frameworks to practice
  • Participants are able to identify, gather, and analyze data to make robust decisions
  • Participants use data to support arguments
  • Participants have developed skills to communicate clearly both orally and in written form
  • Participants have learned how to work in teams when working on strategy projects and problems
General Competence
  • Participants understand the complexities related to strategic management
  • Participants can draw on established theories and frameworks to improve their decision-making
Course content

This course is a capstone experience in which groups of MSc students constitute strategy consulting teams and work on actual projects.

The course is a professionalization opportunity during which students: actively manage their project; collaboratively specify the project’s objectives; and develop research, analytical, and presentation skills. Bridging the gap between classroom and conference room, the experience will help students develop industry skills expected in professional consulting.

Much of the class involves “flipping the classroom” through student presentations of ongoing projects. This allows all students to learn from diverse projects while building presentation skills. The in-class sessions will function as consulting workshops, and as “tradecraft” sessions where we explore fundamental tools and techniques.

The consulting workshops emphasize learning through presentations, discussions, and by giving and receiving feedback.

Teaching and learning activities

Active class participation is part of the evaluation in this course. The participation grade reflects the students' engagment in class discussions, in-class presentations and inter-project feedback.Tools and exercises may be used during class to facilitate information sharing and communication. 

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have specific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA68351
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No -Individual Much of the class involves “flipping the classroom” through student presentations of ongoing projects. This allows all students to learn from diverse projects while building presentation skills. The in-class sessions will function as consulting workshops, and as “tradecraft” sessions where we explore fundamental tools and techniques. The sessions are organized as six full-day workshops. The consulting workshops emphasize learning through presentations, discussions, and by giving and receiving feedback.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68351
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
10No 1 Semester(s)Group Interim hand-in. The groups and projects will be assigned at the beginning of the course to mirror "real-life" situations.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68351
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
40No 1 Semester(s)Group Final hand-in of presentation material, supplementary support documents from analysis, and an executive summary. The specific format of the written deliverable is agreed upon with the client organizations. The groups and projects will be assigned at the beginning of the course to mirror "real-life" situations.
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
GRA68351
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
30No 1 Semester(s)Group The groups and projects will be assigned at the beginning of the course to mirror "real-life" situations. The presentation grades are initially group-based, but will be individually adjusted based on clarity and persuasiveness of the communicated information. Individual adjustments may also include, but are not limited to: how the individual structures the message, the clarity and substance of what is communicated, transitions between speakers, voice quality and pace, mannerisms and eye contact, and the use of media.
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: -
Comment: Much of the class involves “flipping the classroom” through student presentations of ongoing projects. This allows all students to learn from diverse projects while building presentation skills. The in-class sessions will function as consulting workshops, and as “tradecraft” sessions where we explore fundamental tools and techniques. The sessions are organized as six full-day workshops. The consulting workshops emphasize learning through presentations, discussions, and by giving and receiving feedback.
Exam code: GRA68351
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:10
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Interim hand-in. The groups and projects will be assigned at the beginning of the course to mirror "real-life" situations.
Exam code: GRA68351
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Final hand-in of presentation material, supplementary support documents from analysis, and an executive summary. The specific format of the written deliverable is agreed upon with the client organizations. The groups and projects will be assigned at the beginning of the course to mirror "real-life" situations.
Exam code: GRA68351
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:30
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:The groups and projects will be assigned at the beginning of the course to mirror "real-life" situations. The presentation grades are initially group-based, but will be individually adjusted based on clarity and persuasiveness of the communicated information. Individual adjustments may also include, but are not limited to: how the individual structures the message, the clarity and substance of what is communicated, transitions between speakers, voice quality and pace, mannerisms and eye contact, and the use of media.
Exam code: GRA68351
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Sum workload: 
0

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.