Management and Strategy

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
01 October 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N30212 Finance and Management,
MSC N30224 Finance and Management,
MSC N20012 Management,
MSC N20024 Management,
MSC N2E112 Management (International),
MSC N2E124 Management (International),
MSC N2E212 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E224 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E312 Management (Leadership),
MSC N2E324 Management (Leadership),
MSC N2E412 Management (Advertising and Corporate Communications),
MSC N2E424 Management (Advertising and Corporate Communications),
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

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. It will then introduce students to 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 1 hour lectures and 10 x 2 hourly seminars which will include a variety of teaching methods including formal teaching, case discussion, discussion of academic work and group work. There will be one lecture and one seminar per week.


  • Cunningham, James; Harney, Brian. (c2012) Strategy & strategists, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Linstead, Stephen; Fulop, Liz; Lilley, Simon. (2009) Management and organization: a critical text, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Carter, Chris; Clegg, Stewart; Kornberger, Martin. (2008) A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying strategy, Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Clegg, Stewart R.; Schweitzer, Jochen; Whittle, Andrea; Pitelis, Christos. (2017) Strategy: theory and practice, London: SAGE.

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 Weighting
Coursework PowerPoint Submission 13/11/2019 25%
Coursework 3,000 word coursework 12/12/2019 75%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr James Fowler and Dr Peter Bloom



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 28 hours, 28 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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