Sustainable Business Strategy
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Federico Topolansky
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 100 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 20 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
This module seeks to build upon the student’s specialist knowledge of the agricultural, food and drink, or agribusiness sectors, gained from prior study and/or work experience. It seeks to offer a detailed view of the way in which business and not-for-profit organisations in these sectors create a planned future for their operations, and the consequences of a failure so to do. The module centres around a number of student-led case studies, supported by tutor lead seminar/lecture inputs. Detailed course content includes the following key elements: business planning and the nature of strategic change; corporate purpose, mission and objectives; business environmental appraisal; business ethics and sustainability; creating and sustaining competitive advantage; corporate structure, power and cultural influences; making strategic choices for growth and decline.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Critically evaluate the trends in the external environment and identify implications for decision makers.
- Compile a resource audit and an analysis of an organisation’s key sources of competitive advantage.
- Identify and conceptualise a range of feasible strategic options and critically analyse options for the implementation of strategic decisions.
- Critically evaluate the practical implications of corporate power and modifications in legal and organisational structures for effective decision making by senior management.
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Grant, R. M. (2012) Contemporary Strategy Analysis. 8th edition. Blackwell
- Johnson, G., Scholes, K. and Whittington, R. (2011) Exploring Corporate Strategy. 9th edition. F. T. Prentice Hall
- Lynch, R. (2006) Corporate Strategy. 4th edition. F.T. Prentice Hall
- Haberber, G. A. and Rieple, A. (2001) The Strategic Management of Organisations. F.T. Prentice Hall
- Selected articles from: Harvard Business Review; The Economist; Sloan Management Review