Strategic Management in the Public Sector - 2013

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2013: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment (20%) , Case Study (30%) - Learn more

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2013 Fees
Domestic 2,977.50
International 3,227.50

What is this unit about


This unit focuses on the practical application of strategic management concepts, theories and analytical techniques in the public sector. Public value, public accountability and public policy processes are fundamental differences that have practical implications for strategic management. Learning is structured around cases. The emphasis is on understanding the nature and complexity of strategy problems, the role of strategic analysis and the application of frameworks and techniques to identify issues and evaluate options.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and analyse the factors that influence strategy in public sector contexts 
  2. select and apply appropriate frameworks and analytical techniques for strategic analysis in public sector contexts
  3. research and evaluate evidence for strategic analysis in public sector contexts
  4. evaluate strategic issues in a case and design appropriate recommendations for action.


  • Assignment (20%)
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Case Study 2 (50%)

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Learning from cases
3Strategic management concepts and analysis
4Public sector contexts
5Public mandate and value
6Strategic change
7Strategic environments
8Strategic capabilities
9Strategic advantage from competition and choice
10Strategic advantage from partnerships and networks
11Strategic processes: aligning structure and systems
12Strategic processes: cultural change

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.

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