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MGT 523 Strategic Management: Reading list

MGT 523 Strategic Management 

Department: MSc Business Administration
Module Description: Strategic management is concerned with the direction and scope of an organisation. The module conveys how this involves determining the purpose of the organisation, establishing objectives and formulating strategies to achieve the objectives through projects and programmes in a multi-project environment. Strategy formation, including emergent strategy, business case development, risk management, and quality management at a strategic level. The module explores how an organisation positions itself with regard to dynamic internal and external environments. Strategic management is holistic and hence builds on and develops the range of subjects of an MBA. 

Module text(s)

  • David, F. R. and David, F. R. (2019). Strategic management : a competitive advantage approach, concepts and cases. 17th edn. Upper Saddle River: Pearson.
  • Hill, C. W. L. and Jones, G. R. (2012). Essentials of strategic management. 3rd edn. Australia: South-Western/Cengage Learning.

Key readings

Introduction to Strategic Management

Strategic decision-making

Competitive advantage

Strategic planning

Internal Analysis 1

Activity-based view (and value chain)

Dynamic capabilities

Internal Analysis 2

SWOT analysis

External Analysis

Scenario analysis

  • Postma, T. J., & Liebl, F. (2005). How to improve scenario analysis as a strategic management tool? Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 72(2), 161-173. Request this article

Generic and Growth Strategies

Business alliances

Growth as a strategy

Additional reading: Case Studies

International Strategies

Case study: Evaluating opportunities overseas in the higher education market

Location and mode of entry in Middle East FDI

Case study: Globalisation and the retail industry

Maverick Strategies


Blue Ocean Strategy

Social responsibility; Quality; Implementation and Evaluation

Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Quality in strategy

Balanced scorecard

Case Study of successful business

Recommended readings

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