This course provides students with a holistic view and understanding of how different types of organizations manage the dynamics of strategy and policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation in order to respond to changes in both internal and external environmental dynamics and develop sustainable competitive advantage. The course considers the strategic choice options for managers, and looks at the concepts of complexity and complex adaptive systems within the lens of organizational dynamics.
Strategy is an integrative discipline. Analysis requires students to look at the company as a whole rather than in terms of its isolated functions; and in terms of the company’s place in the wider context of industry and environment rather than as an isolated entity. The course concludes with a unique look at some historical strategies viewed in today’s global environment, e.g. Sun Tzu – the Art of War.