Leadership and Corporate Strategy - CB726

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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Leadership and Corporate Strategy aims to provide an understanding of strategic analysis, strategic decision-making and strategic processes within organisations. The module content comprises two complementary components. The first involves the understanding and learning of the main strategic management concepts and theories. The second implies its application in organisations.

These two core components of the course are then divided into four main sections:

1) Strategy development: comprising topics on how strategies are developed;
2) Strategic decision-making: introducing students to concepts and theories on strategic methods; evaluation (including risk assessment and management), and implementation and change;
3) Strategic context: introducing issues of leadership and their impact on strategy;
4) Strategic content: comprising topics on management issues such as resource management.

Topics on this module include:

1) Strategic leadership
2) Identification of strategic issues and options
3) Evaluation of strategic options
4) Implementation of strategic options

For each of these topics the students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories. Further to that, contemporary issues of businesses and case studies will be used to show how these concepts affect the strategic management of organisations.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Lectures 11
Seminars 10
Private study to
read and to
assimilate lecture material 34
Preparation for seminars 10
Preparation for/of coursework and exam 85

Total hours 150

Method of assessment

Individual Poster 30%
Examination 70%

Preliminary reading

Cummings, S. & Angwin, D. (2015) Strategy Builder. Chichester: Wiley
Johnson, G. et al. (2014) Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases. 10th edn. Harlow: Pearson Education
Yukl, G. (2012) Leadership in Organizations. 8th edn. Harlow: Pearson Education

Class readings will also be taken from academic journals, business magazines and newspapers, e.g.:

Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Review
Harvard Business Review
International Journal of Management Review
Journal of Management
Strategic Management Journal

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Employ theories, concepts and frameworks to identify and reflect upon strategic management issues and problems.
8.2 Understand the role of leadership for successful strategic management in organisations.
8.3 Identify and evaluate various strategic options.
8.4 Use an extended range of tools and frameworks to conduct a full strategic
analysis of an organisation/business.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Find, select, organise and synthesise complex information at the forefront of the discipline.
9.2 Organise and present an analysis as a considered viewpoint.
9.3 Think critically, including the capability to evaluate statements in terms of
9.4 Conduct research into issues involving strategic management in organisations.

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