Seminar: Strategic Management

Course content

The purpose is to train students in applying classical and new models, approaches, and perspectives in Strategic Management on industries and organizations in order to come up with suggestions for top managers concerning actions for the long term development of the organization. In order to construct a budget or to evaluate the economic value of a company or to make investment decision regarding a company it is normally necessary to understand the corporate strategy of the corporation.


MSc programme in Economics

The seminar is primarily for students at the MSc of Economics

Learning outcome
  • An analyses of the future development and the economic attractiveness of a specific industry

  • An analyses of an organizations resources, activities and competences, and a discussion of how to create competitive advantages and economic value for that organization

  • The development of a competitive strategy and/or a growth strategy for a specific firm

  • The development of a corporate strategy for a specific corporation

  • The development of an international strategy or a strategy for innovation for a specific company

  • Strategic evaluation of a specific strategy for a company

  • Implementation of a specific strategy for an organization

Planning/start-up meeting, research and writing process of the seminar paper, sessions with presentation of own paper and critical evaluation/feedback to another student´s paper, actively participating in discussions at class.

Before the session a "so-finalized-as-possible"-draft of the paper must be uploaded in Absalon. After the presentations, the student submit an edited version of the paper in the Digital Exam portal as the final exam paper. The aim is that students use the presentation sessions as an opportunity to receive and use the constructive feedback to improve the paper.

“Exploring Strategy - Text and Cases – Eleventh Edition”, by Johnson, Whittington, Scholes, Angwin & Regnér published by Pearson Education 2017. ISBN 978-1-292-14517-4

Knowledge from Microeconomics is mandatory and knowledge from an introduction course in Strategic Management would be beneficial but not necessary.

Schedule: Suggestions of dates in the seminar:

- Planning meeting: 4th of September from 14.15 – 15.00
- Sent max ½ a page of commitment paper by e-mail to the lecturer before the 19th of September
- Half an hour of voluntary individual supervision: The 20th and 21th of September between 09:00 and 16:00
- Deadline of pre-paper uploaded on Absalon: Monday the 30th of October before noon
- Sessions of presentations and critics: Thursday the 9th of November and Thursday the 16th of November

Venue will be informed by the lecturer.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
- a seminar paper in English that meets the formal requirements for written papers stated in the curriculum and at KUNet for seminars.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course and the objectives stated in the Curriculum.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 20
  • Project work
  • 186
  • English
  • 206