GRA 8246 Strategy Process (2023/2024)

GRA 8246 Strategy Process (2023/2024)

Course code: 
GRA 8246
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
4
Course coordinator: 
Debbie Harrison
Course name in Norwegian: 
Strategy Process (2023/2024)
Product category: 
Executive
Portfolio: 
EMBA Business Administration - Core Courses
Semester: 
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The purpose of this course is to take students through the process of making strategy.  The course starts in theories about how to frame the current strategic environment and the current position of the organisation, and ends in frameworks and tools for how to implement strategies.  The course aims to develop students’ understanding of how strategies develop in different ways in different organizational contexts, and how they can be implemented successfully.  The course should enable students to evaluate and reflect on the strategizing contexts in which they work, and their own role as strategists.  We progress through a series of active learning experiences centred upon relevant theories, central ideas and frameworks in strategic cognition, strategy development processes, strategy practices, and strategic implementation.  Students will be introduced to key ideas through a mixture of teaching and learning methods, e.g. role play, case studies, simulation, class presentations, etc.  The course takes as its starting point that students have successfully completed the Strategy Analysis course within the EMBA.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The student has

  • knowledge of strategy process theories and frameworks and how these can be applied to real world problems facing companies
  • knowledge of how strategy process theories can inform the formulation, evaluation and implementation of strategic courses of action.
Learning outcomes - Skills

The student can

  • analyze strategic problems and opportunities using techniques from the cognitive understanding of strategy
  • identify and analyze both the current position of a company and recommend new positioning opportunities
  • select and apply appropriate strategy formulation processes for companies
  • develop strategy implementation tools for use within various types of organizations
  • identify and deal with challenges associated with leading and implementing processes of strategic change.
General Competence

The student can

  • apply knowledge of strategy process theories and frameworks to the analysis of business cases
  • apply knowledge of strategy process theories and frameworks to conduct strategy projects
  • communicate key strategic challenges, insights, and recommendations in a concise and clear way
  • critically reflect on their own strategizing tasks in the workplace
Course content

Theme 1: Strategic cognition and framing strategic challenges

  • Cognitive maps as framing devices
  • Strategy frames, sensemaking and sensegiving 
  • Strategic decision-making
  • The role of scenario planning
     

Theme 2: Strategy development processes

  • Managing using strategic plans 
  • Managing processes of strategy emergence and evolution 
  • Using strategy tools and strategy practices 
     

Theme 3. Strategic implementation

  • Managing misalignment challenges and implementation barriers
  • Strategies for successful execution processes 
  • Strategy maps and the balanced score card
Teaching and learning activities

The course involves 28 hours of teaching, which is typically split over four days. Sessions will be mixed and emphasize diverse learning experiences for variety and engagement. For example, lecturing, class exercises, role plays, presentations, case analyses, class discussions, simulations and guest speakers are possible teaching methods.  To obtain maximum learning and reflection benefits, students are expected to be in class for all parts of the course.  Full participation is assumed.  Students will be assigned articles and case studies before class. Mini-cases and exercises will also be assigned in-class.

All the reading material as well as issues covered during the lectures are examinable.

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

The course is a part of a full Executive MBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

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.

 

If re-sits should be necessary, all exam components must as a rule be re-taken during the next time the course is scheduled

Qualifications

Granted admission to the EMBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.

Disclaimer

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

Required prerequisite knowledge

All courses in the EMBA programme assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, we assume that students have followed normal study progression.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 82462
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
40No 1 Semester(s)Group ( 2 - 6)Written documentation from 2 group presentations, and a group reflection note, counts 40% of the final grade
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 82463
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
60No1 Semester(s)Individual Written assignment based on a critical review of some of the articles from the course, counts 60% of the final grade.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-6)
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:Written documentation from 2 group presentations, and a group reflection note, counts 40% of the final grade
Exam code: GRA 82462
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:Written assignment based on a critical review of some of the articles from the course, counts 60% of the final grade.
Exam code: GRA 82463
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
32 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
28 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
50 Hour(s)
Self study, feedback activities/counselling and exam
Sum workload: 
110

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.