Management and Strategy

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
28 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N30212 Finance and Management,
MSC N30224 Finance and Management,
MSC N1E212 Management (Social Economy),
MSC N20012 Management,
MSC N20024 Management,
MSC N200MO Management,
MSC N2E112 Management (International),
MSC N2E124 Management (International),
MSC N2E212 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E224 Management (Marketing),
DIP C8N209 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
DIP C8N221 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N212 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N224 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N2MO Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MSC N28612 International Hospitality Management,
MSC N286JS International Hospitality Management,
MSC N5G3JS Digital Marketing and Analytics

Module description

This module is designed to encourage students to reflect on a variety of issues relating to management and business strategy. It will introduce students to the basics of management such as dealing with teams, culture and organisational management structures together with managing strategically, covering topics that involve the analysis of the external and internal environments of the business as well as avenues for implementation.

Consequently, the module offers an insight into a range of current business issues, management dilemmas, ethical considerations, and general governance issues relating to the strategic direction of organizations. Overall, the module provides an introduction to management and strategy and a critical examination of its application in practice.

Module aims

The main aim of the module is to enable students to understand the nature of management and business strategy and to evaluate its meaning and implications in practice.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Recognise and understand the many varied principles, practices and perspectives involved in management and business strategy making;
2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding in relation to issues underlying mainstream interpretations of management and strategic processes;
3. Understand the importance of ideological positions and ethical principles in relation to strategic aspirations and to demonstrate an understanding of the complicated governance issues involved in management and strategic decision making;
4. Critically evaluate the different tools and techniques used in strategy making as well as management practice.

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

As part of this module you will be able to gain the following transferable skills:

1. Enhance your written communication skills through a written assignment
2. Improve your oral communication through a formal presentation as part of group work and further informal in-class discussions
3. Develop your research and critical thinking skills by researching a current business
case and applying strategy models and management concepts to make recommendations to a company. This will also greatly develop your commercial awareness
4. Enhance your teamwork and collaboration experience through extensive group work

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered through:

  • 10 x 2-hour lectures
  • 2-hour fortnightly seminars

These will include a variety of teaching methods including formal teaching, case discussion, discussion of academic work and group work. The module Moodle page is your launching point for learning each week.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Max. 750 word analytical discussion of a strategic issue     
Coursework   3,500 word strategy analysis    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Pasi Ahonen, email:
Dr Pasi Ahonen, Dr Simon Carmel, Dr Malte Jaunch & Dr Jaakko Nevasto



External examiner

Dr Claire Paterson-Young
University of Northampton
Research Leader
Available via Moodle
Of 140 hours, 136 (97.1%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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