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2020/2021  MA-MMFUO1091U  Strategic Practicies and Execution

English Title
Strategic Practicies and Execution

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Part Time Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 10
Max. participants 30
Study board
Study Board for Master i forretningsudvikling
Course coordinator
  • Søren Henning Jensen - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organisation
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 02-07-2020

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Learning objectives
  • The student should be able to explain an utilize relevant theories, that explain strategic practices and implementation i a company context.
  • The student should be able to identify the relevant and necessary data required in order to undertake a through analysis of a given company's strategic practices and implementation.
  • The student should be able to present practical recommendations in relation to a a given company's strategic practices and implementation.
  • The student should be able to present an analysis of strategic practices and implementation in a given company's in a structured and coordinated manner.
Course prerequisites
This course is targeted towards all wishing to gain a greater understanding of strategy as a way of thinking and acting, and anyone specifically wishing to specialize in the execution and implementation of strategies. The course is aimed directly at managers and middle managers working with the composition and execution of strategies on different levels in an organisation. The course is just as relevant for specialists and key employees, who is either directly involved in the strategic work or are involved in the translation of strategies to practice through their function.
Strategic Practicies and Execution:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam Home assignment - written product
Size of written product: Max. 10 pages
Assignment type: Essay
Duration: Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam has the form of a scenario exam. Participants will be asked to posed a case based on an immidate strategic problem a business is dealing with.

The students will be asked a sceires of questions whch should be answred in a resume of max 2 pages witgh the addition of max 8 pg of powerpoint slides.

The strategy shoudl be evident in the 2 page resume and further elaborated on in the slides.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Strategy is key in the effort to secure survival and success of organisations. It contributes to the formation and creation of competitive advantage. However, strategy is also a term often applied without sufficient precision to an entire organization, and, subsequently, the execution of the strategic plan is not always successful.

The aim of this course is to strengthen the participant’s competencies in working with strategic practices based on a solid theoretical foundation. The purpose of the course is to bridge strategy and planning/analysis tools and combining these with the daily strategic practices. This is done by looking at strategy as a particular way of viewing and understanding organisations – and not only as a set of tools and methods reserved for periods of strategic planning, which often is not very well connected with the everyday running of the business.

The outset is a thorough introduction to strategy and a walkthrough of the most current trends addressing recent developments in the field. Hereafter, the principles for strategic practice will be taken under review, while the last stage of the session will provide the participants with the opportunity to reflect, present and discuss their own experiences with strategic practices and execution. Throughout the course, the students will be exposed to a long line of theories, tools and methods, as well as concrete cases that illustrates the many facets and complexity connected to working with strategy in practice.  
We will also be examining how theories and tools can be implemented in practice, how strategies should be translated from its written form to how it is supposed to be implemented, as well as how it should be undertaken across the different organisational sections. Through this approach, we will attempt to address some possible challenges connected to working with strategy in practice.

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures will be undertaken in way that combines lectures, dialog-based lectures centered around practical cases and theories, group based work and vistis from guest speakers.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given during lectures.
Student workload
Forberedelse 105 hours
Undervisning 32 hours
Eksamen 0,5 hours
Last updated on 02-07-2020