Seminar: Strategic Management

Course content

The purpose of the seminar is to train students in applying strategy models on companies and industries and to make recommendations to management regarding the company's overall and long-term development. Examples of seminars could be:

1) To develop a concrete business strategy for a company consisting of e.g. a competitive and growth strategy based on analysis of the company's environment and internal circumstances.

2) To develop an analysis of a specific industry in order to identify the future winners and losers of that industry.

3) To analysis a specific department’s or specific business area's activities, resources and competencies in order to propos how the areas resources and competencies could be strengthen for the future.

Education

MSc programme in Economics

The seminar is primarily for students at the MSc of Economics.

På grund af overlappende pensum er det ikke muligt at deltage på dette seminar, hvis man allerede har deltaget og bestået den danske version: Strategisk ledelse (AØKK08347U).

 

 

 

Learning outcome

After completing the seminar the student is expected to be able to fulfill the learning outcome specified in the Master curriculum and to be able to:

Knowledge:

  • Show knowledge and understanding of concepts and models within the field of strategic management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the industry and the company that is under investigation.

 

Skills:

  • Identify and formulate a clear goal with associated problems for the seminar.
  • Account for relevant choices of models within the field of strategic management.
  • Use the concepts and models within the field of strategic management to solve the (identified) problem(s).
  • Base analyzes on relevant and sufficient empirical data.
  • Summarize each analysis in a clear sub-conclusion.

 

Competences:

  • Evaluate and discuss an industry's current and future relevant business condition and its attractiveness and, where appropriate, evaluate who would be the future winners and losers.
  • Assess and discuss a company's strategic advantages (activities, resources and competencies) and assess whether it has significant strategic disadvantages.
  • Develop strategies for a company (or for groups of companies) based on analyzes of the company and its environment and discuss the possibilities for maintaining and implementing the developed strategies.

At the seminar the student is trained independently to
- identify and clarify a problem,
- seek and select relevant literatur,
- write a academic paper,
- present and discuss own paper with the other students at the seminar.

Mandatory activities in the seminar:
- Kick-off meeting
- Finding literatur and defining the project
- Writing process of the seminar paper
- Presentation of own project and paper
- Giving constructive feedback to another student´s paper
- Actively participating in discussions at the presentations and other meetings.

The aim of the presentations is, that you use the presentation as an opportunity to practice oral skills and to receive feedback at the paper. The presentations are not a part of the exam and will not be assessed.

The seminar project paper must be uploaded in Absalon before the presentations, as the opponents and the other seminar participants have to read and comment on the paper. It is important that you upload a paper that is so finalized as possible due to the fact that the value of feedback and comments at the presentation is strongly associated with the skill level of the seminar paper.
The teacher defines what materials may be used for the presentations.

After the presentations, you can with a few corrections improve the seminar paper by including the feedback and comments emerged during the presentations. It is NOT intended that you rewrite or begin the writing of the seminar paper after the presentation has taken place.

Pandemic:
In case of a pandemic like Corona the teaching in this seminar may be changed to be taught either fully or partly online. For further information, see the course room on Absalon.

Exploring Strategy – Twelfth Edition”, by Whittington, Regnér, Angwin, Johnson & Scholes published by Pearson Education 2020.

ISBN 978-1-292-28251-0

It is recommended that students have followed an introductory course in Strategic Management before taking the seminar but it is not a necessity.

BSc in Economics or similar

Schedule of the seminar Fall 2021:

- Kick-off meeting: Monday the 6th of September from 14.15 to 15.00

- Deadline for submission of a commitment paper is the 20th of September before 10.00 AM

- Half an hour of voluntary individual guidance is given based on the commitment paper in week 38 in the period Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th September

- Deadline for upload of nearly finished seminar papers on the seminar home page in Absalon no later than the 25th of October before 10.00 AM

- The presentation and critic on the seminar papers take place on Wednesday the 3th of November and Friday the 5th of November both days from 8-17

- The deadline for upload of finished seminar papers is no later than the 1th of December at 10.00 (am) on the IT platform Digital Exam portal for assessment.

All information regarding the seminar is communicated through Absalon including venue. So it is very important that you by yourself logon to Absalon and read the information already when you are registered at the seminar.

Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The students will receive half an hour of individual voluntary supervision based on the submitted commitment paper in September. Iindividual feedback is given on the almost completed seminar assignments and overall collective feedback is given to the entire group during the sessions on seminar presentation and critic. Students will also receive half an hour of feedback on their nearly completed seminar assignments from one of their fellow students.

ECTS
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.
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Aid
All aids allowed

for the seminar paper.

The teacher defines the aids that must be used for the presentations.

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Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
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Criteria for exam assessment

Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the seminar and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes in the Curriculum of the Master programme.

 

To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material.

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