GRA 2411 Strategic Management

GRA 2411 Strategic Management

Course code: 
GRA 2411
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Erik Aadland
Course name in Norwegian: 
Strategic Management
Product category: 
MSc - Core course
2024 Spring
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

This course focuses on topics in organization theory, economic sociology and managerial cognition that have implications for the strategic management of organizations. The course will emphasize how insight into these topics inform our understanding of competition and competitiveness in different settings as well as various opportunities and challenges they may help us uncover related to strategy and strategic choices. We will reflect on how these insights may contribute to managing organizations above and beyond standard models taught in introductory courses in strategic management.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

By the end of this course a student should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of competition and competitiveness in different settings
  • Understand how various organizational, relational and cognitive phenomena produce opportunities and challenges related to the strategic management of organizations in different settings
  • Relate these phenomena to the formation and implementation of strategies in organizations
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Be able to identify organizational, relational and cognitive issues that inform and/or influence the strategic management of organizations
  • Be able to assess such issues critically
  • Be able to reflect on how to address such issues in a relevant way in organizations
General Competence

Insight into organizational, sociological and cognitive opportunities and challenges associated with the strategic management of organizations.

Course content

Topics to be covered may include many of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social construction
  • Social structures in markets
  • Social networks
  • Cognition and mental models
  • Rhetorical strategies
  • Strategy practices
  • Organizational learning and organizational capabilities
  • Sustainability
Teaching and learning activities

Lectures, discussions and guest lecturers.

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.

The examination for this course has been changed starting academic year 23/24. It is not possible to resit the old version of the examination.


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.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 24114
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No48 Hour(s)Group (3 - 4)Case analysis. Group hand in. Home exam.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Group (3-4)
Duration:48 Hour(s)
Comment:Case analysis. Group hand in. Home exam.
Exam code:GRA 24114
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
24 Hour(s)
Digital resources
12 Hour(s)
Asynchronous materials
48 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
76 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

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.