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This module explores the theory and practice of strategy within the context of public service organisations, this is considered to include all for whom profit is not a fundamental issues, not just government but NGOs and the like.
The module focuses on the importance of context in public sector strategy, encouraging critical engagement with the economic, social and institutional factors that shape strategy, and their relation to issues of leadership, politics, identity and learning. It takes a highly critical position on the Strategy Consultant model, stratigikós stochastic and argues for an individual and imaginative approach to strategy formulation that takes a bespoke, reflective rather than a position based on applying models and cases in a prescriptive manner, which we callantanaclastic stochastic. It criticises the generic consultant approach from the economic theory of the declining rate of profit.
The course will endeavour to illustrate the role of Strategy in the International Political Economy. There will be a variety of theoretical journal readings and a few key chapters from a variety of books. Students will undertake a group simulation and be introduced to the practical factors that influence strategic decision making, the so called soft struggles such as personality clashes, egos, and individual ambitions which are an important part of strategy but are so often unengaged with academically.
Additional key readings and engagement are around the writings of SunTzu and others from the Warring States period, where we directly challenge the colonial era misinterpretations and abuse of this early strategic writing.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
Research a range of strategic analysis tools, models and techniques;
Select a number of these to develop and implement a plan of action to apply to a simulated public organisation;
Evaluate the effectiveness of the tools used;
Describe likely scenarios that will impact the simulated public organisation;
Reflect on the effectiveness of strategic management tools and techniques in learning, action and their own development and future as a strategist;
Appraise the role of formal planning in none-profit organisations.
Module content detail
Optional. Additional detail on module content or syllabus information.
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MAN00038M: Reflective Diary
MAN00038M: Group Peer Assessment Report
MAN00038M: Group Video
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MAN00038M: Resit Reflective Essay
Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.
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