An understanding of the frameworks of strategy and an ability to use them imaginatively will help your organisation survive in the longer-term and perform its role more effectively. You will not be expected merely to ‘learn’ the frameworks, but to critically analyse and comment on them, sometimes in collaboration with fellow students. The module will also help you contribute to and better understand the dialogue of strategy at a variety of levels in your organisation.
The Dynamics of Strategy module from The Open University UK provides a general introduction to strategy, some definitions of strategy and a discussion of the role of strategy in organisations. You will look at a detailed historic background to the subject of strategic management and explore both where some of the best-known strategy frameworks came from and in what situations they can be applied effectively. It is as important to understand when a particular framework will not be useful, as to know when it will.
You will use the strategy process framework as the conceptual backbone of this module and the four ‘pressures’ (globalisation, industry dynamics, risk, and ethics and corporate responsibility) that will provide the key external context variables throughout the module.
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What you will study:
The module consists of seven online units that form the core of your learning. The units are complemented by other media including extensive web-based materials, day schools, online collaboration tools, a four-day residential school (or online equivalent), student and tutor group forums, access to extensive online library facilities and feedback on marked assignments. The units provide much of the basic knowledge and understanding you need on this module. However, you will also apply that knowledge to real-life examples and case-study situations, carry out your own online research and continuously reflect on and challenge your understanding of strategy. An online learning guide will direct you through this process of learning and reflection.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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This is a compulsory module of Stage 2 of the MBA (Master of Business Administration) (F61) and will be the first Stage 2 module that you study.
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