[ 973GMCCSMGK22 ] KS Creating Strategic Advantages

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
6 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Business Administration Waldemar Kremser 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites keine (die Zulassung zum Studium vorausgesetzt)
Original study plan Master's programme Management 2023W
Objectives This course aims to:

  • Introduce students to the key concepts, models and theories in the field of strategic management.
  • Introduce students to a number of important tools used to support strategic decision-making in practice.
  • Provide students with a general understanding of some of the key contemporary challenges of strategic management.
  • Enable students to integrate theoretical concepts and strategy tools through case studies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • LO1: Discuss and evaluate the most relevant issues in strategic positioning, strategic options, as well as strategy development and implementation. [cognitive/analytical]
  • LO2: Accurately identify and apply relevant theory to different cases. [cognitive/analytical]
  • LO3: Apply strategic tools to arrive at strategic decisions in a systematic fashion. [professional/practical skills]
  • LO4: Demonstrate the ability to formulate and present a concise, insightful analysis which exposes issues logically and coherently. [transferable skills]
Subject This course provides students with a general overview of the field of strategic management, discusses key tools and practices in the strategy process and highlights some of the most relevant contemporary challenges for strategy practitioners. The course will be structured in four blocks. In the first block, we will talk about the most common concerns in analyzing the strategic positioning of a firm. In the second block, we will hear about the most relevant strategic choices a firm has in a competitive environment. In the third block, we will develop a more dynamic understanding of strategizing in organizations. In the fourth and final block, we will look into contemporary developments, like open strategy and platform markets, that are of critical importance for the field of strategic management.
Criteria for evaluation Student will make an open book exam during the last session of this course. A sufficient grade is necessary to pass this course. During this exam, students will be asked to discuss, compare, and apply the issues, theories, concepts, tools, and phenomena mentioned in the lectures as well as in the textbook and additional reading materials in the context of real-world cases.

Synchronization of learning outcomes and assessments: LO1: Open book exam LO2: Open book exam LO3: Open book exam LO4: Open book exam

Methods In addition to self-directed learning, the teaching and learning methods include formal lectures, work in groups, and use of case studies.

  • 1,5h (2 units) x 13 lectures
  • 130h independent study
Language English
Study material Whittington, R., Regnér, P., Angwin, D., Johnson, G., & Scholes, K. (2020). Exploring strategy (12 ed.). Hoboken: Pearson.

(Other materials can be retrieved from Moodle and/or will be announced in class.)

Changing subject? No
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Earlier variants They also cover the requirements of the curriculum (from - to)
973GMCPSMGK19: KS Creating Strategic Advantages (2019W-2022S)
973GMCPSMGK10: KS Master Course Creating Strategic Advantages (2010W-2019S)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 200
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority