MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Strategic Management BUS5022

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will offer an overview of strategic management, with a particular focus on the complexity of the environment, organisational change and the challenges organisations face when developing strategic capabilities and competitive advantage.


This course will be delivered over six weeks at the beginning of semester 2 and structured around half and full-day sessions.

Excluded Courses





Students will be expected to work in groups on a strategic evaluation that lasts throughout the course and that will be assessed by way of:


■ a group presentation of the case (20%) with a group mark; and

■ a written group submission (in which a narrative is provided for the embedded slides) (40%) with a group mark.

ILOs 2, 3 and 5 will be assessed through this group activity. The assessment will be in accordance with the Adam Smith Business School Assessed Group-work Policy.


There will be an individual essay of 2,500 words (40%) focusing on ILOs 1, 4 and 5. 

Course Aims

The course will offer an overview of strategic management concepts and current debates. It will equip participants with tools and techniques to allow them a critical approach in formulating, implementing and assessing strategies and strategic options as well as the resources and capabilities needed to develop a competitive advantage for public, private or third sector organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Identify, contextualise and critique the contribution of key thinkers in the field of strategy and engage with key debates and schools of thought.

2. Analyse and critique an organisation's current strategy using appropriate tools and techniques.

3. Research and develop and evaluate strategic options for an organisation.

4. Identify, evaluate and discuss the role of issues such as power, culture and learning on organisational strategy.

5. Present the findings of their analysis in both written and presentational forms.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.