Adaptive Strategy and Business Sustainability - 2017

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 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Group Discussion Board Task - Group (20-30%) , Project - Group/ Individual (30-40%) - Learn more

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Domestic 3,233.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,483.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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This unit explores challenges facing business managers and entrepreneurs in their approach to strategic planning, strategic adaptation and decision making in complex and fast-paced change environments. Students critique conceptual frameworks around rational strategic planning and strategy making, and the importance of emergence as a strategy mindset in contemporary market turbulence associated with new forms of competition, financial markets, resource usage, and shifting stakeholder expectations.

Students will be challenged to:

  • apply theoretical frameworks to critique, explore and develop business strategy, and make sense of the multiple paths that may emerge as an adaptive approach is managed into the future
  • reflect on their own competence in contributing to adaptive strategy process and outcomes
  • research and critique specific instances of adaptive strategy and apply learning to work-based situations.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse models of strategic planning, adaptive strategy and business sustainability and appreciate tensions between these models, both individually and in groups
  2. Identify and critique the value of inductive, adaptive and emergent strategy as decision-making process, including the significance of stakeholder engagement in the strategy making process
  3. Critically analyse shifting community values and expectations around global sustainability pressures (commercial, environmental, social and people) as part of strategic decision-making
  4. Reflect on competencies supporting sustainable strategic practices and identify gaps in organisational culture and personal capabilities.
  • Group Discussion Board Task — Group (20-30%)
  • Project — Group/ Individual (30-40%)
  • Report — (30-50%)

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed LMC702.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The nature of strategy making; static versus emergent approaches in complexity
2The strategy process: strategic thinking, formation and change implementation
3The rational planning model: organisation purpose, external and internal environments
4Business, corporate and global level strategy
5Strategic choices, implementation and evaluation
6Strategic context: adapting or shaping
7Adaptive strategy; responding to heavy change environments
8Internal corporate venturing and other autonomous processes
9Strategy making in complexity

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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 Co-Op textbook list.

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