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2017/2018  BA-BEBUO1005U  Strategic Management

English Title
Strategic Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in European Business
Course coordinator
  • Caroline Witte - SI
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
  • Strategy
Last updated on 15-12-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: the aim of the course is to provide students with a strong theoretical foundation in the strategy field and to give them the tools to make sound strategic decisions. After this course, the student should be able master the following learning objectives:
  • To present and discuss opportunities and challenges relating to firm strategy and decision-making.
  • To identify, present and assess theories and frameworks in the strategic management field
  • To identify and analyse the strategic reactions of firms to changes in the external environment
  • To apply theoretical constructs to firm cases concerning firm strategy and strategic decision-making
Strategic Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Multiple choice AND written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • Non-programmable, financial calculators: HP10bll+ or Texas BA II Plus
At all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam : Read more about exam aids and IT application packages here
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure

The central theme of this course is the organisation and strategy of the firm. This course introduces students to the basics of the field of strategic management. It deals with questions about the creation of value by the firm, a firm’s resources and capabilities, the boundaries of the firm and industry analysis. Specific topics include cost and differentiation advantages, transaction cost economics, the value chain, Porter’s five forces framework, the industry life cycle, corporate social responsibility and innovation. In addition to providing theoretical understanding, the course focuses on how to apply these concepts to real-life business cases.

Teaching methods
Lectures: Course materials are explained in the online video lectures. These videos discuss the concepts in-depth and must be watched before class. Students should also read the accompanying literature prior to class. There are two lectures in the first and last weeks of the semester. In the first lecture the course is introduced. The second lecture will conclude the course and further prepare students for the final examination.

Exercise classes: The exercise classes are centered on business cases, which should be read before the class. There is a greater focus on students' application of conceptual knowledge rather than factual recall of the theory discussed in the video lectures and reading material. These exercise classes are interactive and active participation in these sessions is expected. The students and the teacher are jointly responsible for the learning experience. In every exercise class one group of approximately four students presents the case to the other students in class.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive feedback on the case presentations in the exercise classes.

In addition, there is a case-based peergrade assignment halfway through the course. This assignment allows students to give and receive feedback from fellow students. The teacher will also provide feedback on these assignments. This assignment functions as exam preparation and is not a mandatory component of the course.
Student workload
Lectures and teaching 30 hours
Preparation for classes 170 hours
Expected literature

Grant, Robert M. (2016). Contemporary Strategy Analysis: Text and Cases Edition, 9th Edition. John Wiley and Sons, UK.

Scientific articles (TBA)

Selected case studies (TBA)

Last updated on 15-12-2017