MGMT345-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Strategy Processes and Practices

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


The course aims to enhance strategy knowledge and skills by encouraging the critical appreciation and application of contemporary strategy theory and techniques based around strategy processes and practices.

The course aims to enhance strategy knowledge and skills by encouraging the critical appreciation and application of contemporary strategy theory and techniques based around strategy processes and practices.

Relationship to other courses
This is a specialist strategy course and is required for the Strategy and Entrepreneurship major. Other majors, including BCom Management and International Business, may take this as an elective subject. MGMT344 is recommended preparation for this course and is a good fit. MGMT345 also helps prepare students for MCom Masters and BCom Honours.

The estimated workload for MGMT345 is:
Lectures 24 hours
Lecture preparation 33 hours
Weekly quizzes 11 hours
Group project 50 hours (per person)
Exam preparation 30 hours
Final exam 2 hours
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • The major aim for the course is to develop strategic management knowledge through the critical appreciation of contemporary strategy theory, processes and practices. Relevant BCom Graduate Attributes and Learning Outcomes are as below, with specific course Learning Outcomes for MGMT345 bulleted underneath:

    Attribute 1: Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their degree
    LO1.1.2 Students can critique concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major.
  • Critique contemporary and emerging research in strategy paradigms, processes and practices. This will be assessed in the Final examination.

    LO1.2.8 Students can apply management concepts to analyse and deal with key organisational and management issues.
  • Appreciate and apply theories and tools to analyse and develop organisational missions, visions and values. This will be evaluated in the Learn quizzes.
  • Determine the nature and role of creativity, time and change and how these may be used to further strategic objectives. This will be assessed in the Learn quizzes.

    Attribute 2: Employable, innovative and enterprising
    LO2.1.1. Students can apply subject specific knowledge and tools to analyse, propose a solution to and/or address a given problem or issue. Innovative approaches and solutions are encouraged.
  • Design appropriate and effective strategy tools and workshops for organisations. This will be evaluated in the Group Applied Case Studies & Presentations.
  • Develop critical, written, practical strategic analysis and solutions to complex business cases. This will be assessed in the Group Applied Case Studies & Presentations.

    LO2.1.2 Students can discuss the ethical implications of a situation from the perspective of relevant stakeholders.
  • Judge the saliency of alternative ethical approaches to strategy choices. This will be tested in the Learn quizzes.

    LO2.1.5. Students can work effectively in a team in order to reach a common goal.
  • Manage a group project involving the effective delegation of specific analytical, writing and editing tasks and the coordination of all team members over the entire project period; and the on-time delivery of the final project report. This will be assessed in the Group Applied Case Studies & Presentations.

    Attribute 5: Globally Aware
    LO5.1.2 Students can identify, consider and debate perspectives, processes and impacts relating to the culture and identity of multiple stakeholders, drawing on theory and practice when considering issues in their discipline or field of study.
  • Critically evaluate the role of an organisation’s context on strategy processes and practices including mission, culture, power and politics. This will be evaluated in the Final examination.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) ACCT102; and (2) A further 45 points at 200-level or
above RP: MGMT344


MGMT 320

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 - (22/4-27/5)
E6 Lecture Theatre (19/2-25/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Stiles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Learn Quizzes 20% Open for 7 days after each class (first quiz due 4 March)
Group Applied Case 30% Group Applied Case Analysis Presentation and Report (due from week 4)
Final Examination 50% Final Examination

Learn Quizzes
Learn quizzes are weekly online tests designed to help test your own individual engagement with and understanding of each of the main topics of the course as you go along. They are based on Essential Reading (the core text chapter) and the relevant lecture each week – so reading the textbook and regularly attending lectures is essential to successfully completing quizzes. I will provide theoretical and applied questions to make you think about each topic in more depth. All quizzes open immediately after the lecture dealing with that particular topic, starting in Week 2 with the Strategy Processes & Practices quiz. Quizzes are normally open for 7 days after each class (i.e. will close at the start of the following week’s lecture), so be careful not to miss the deadlines. However, to allow extra time for enrolments, book buying etc., there won’t be a quiz due in the first two weeks. The deadline for the first quiz is the beginning of lecture 3 on Wednesday 4th March. Check the Learn website for each deadline.

You may make unlimited attempts at each quiz, but there is a 30 minute delay between quiz attempts so you don’t just guess at random each time. To make it fair to all, you can’t submit a quiz late after the deadline or complete the quiz other than via the facility on Learn. This is because the quiz answers are available to anyone in the class after each deadline. So, to allow everyone the same chance for absences and illnesses, I calculate your overall quiz grade based on 8 out of 10 quizzes. This also means if you join the course late or catch bubonic plague, you can still miss two quizzes without penalty. Marks will be available for each quiz after the quiz closes (i.e. the final deadline for the whole class – not when you complete your own quiz. Otherwise you would know the answers and have a chance to resubmit until you get 100% every time and/or pass the answers on to others.

To gain full credit for this item of assessment, you will need to complete all questions for 8 out of 10 quizzes. There is no quiz after the last lecture. Since the main aim is to get you to learn from all lecture topics, it’s a good idea to attempt all quizzes; but only your best marks from 8 quizzes will count in case you have one or two disasters, or are absent for two weeks for whatever reason.

One warning about the Learn quiz system: Press the submit button! Some students don’t 'close' their quiz responses properly on Learn, but leave answers ‘open’ past the deadline. Submission happens when you press the submit button, so isn’t much of a problem if you make one submission. However, if you make multiple attempts, it is important to press the submit button on your final attempt. Beware: the very act of reopening the quiz to look at the questions means it counts as an attempt and Learn will automatically submit it, even if you don’t want it to. Learn counts the last submission made, not the highest scoring one. That would be far too easy since you could simply attempt it as many times as you like, entering different answers each time until you get 100%! The system doesn’t allow me to override your responses on Learn, so I can’t change the outcome. I have built some slack into the system by only counting your best eight quizzes. However, try to maximise your marks by answering all quizzes - and formally submit your preferred answers.
Obviously don’t consult your classmates on questions or answers, since this will be detrimental to your own learning and will not be a valid indication of whether you understand the course material. In any case, the questions are in a different order each time you open the quiz. This item is not available for special consideration, since it is continuing assessment.

Group Applied Case Analysis Presentations & Reports
In the group project, you will undertake the analysis and presentation of solutions to strategy cases in a small group, honing further your appreciation of strategy knowledge and skills. You will be allocated to a group and it is up to you to be able to function effectively as a team to deliver this assignment. Of the 30% of overall course marks achievable for this assessment, half of marks (or 15% of your overall course mark) will come from the presentation, and the remaining half of marks (or 15% of overall course marks) from the case analysis report. You must submit your presentation slides electronically via Learn by the start of the session in which you present. The report must be submitted electronically through the specific link in the course Learn website within 48 hours of the end of the lecture/session. This gives your group some time to respond to issues raised in the presentation; but not enough time to rewrite things entirely - so make sure your presentation is well designed to begin with. There is also a separate Individual Contribution Form each group member must submit within 48 hours, to assess the relative contributions of individuals. All group members are expected to contribute equally to this assignment and those not contributing satisfactorily may have marks deducted - but those engaging fully in the project should experience an interesting learning exercise in developing strategy for a real company.

More details about this assignment, including submission dates, are given in a separate document posted on Learn.

Please only submit one case analysis report per group. A group cover sheet MUST be used for this assignment. This can be downloaded here

Final Examination
The final examination will be a closed book, invigilated, short essay-style, applied 2-hour exam based on material from the lectures and the textbook. The paper tests you on your broad knowledge of strategy issues, concepts and tools from across the course rather than on a single topic. You will need to answer 4 questions from a choice of 6, each from a different topic area. Good answers will use organisational examples to illustrate answers drawn from short and longer case studies in the textbook and class – particularly the case presentations. This means to get higher marks it is a good idea to read/ engage with and understand all cases covered, paying particular attention to the in-class case presentations and reports. Answering the questions after each textbook case isn't compulsory, but might help you to understand and remember the material so it's easier to prepare for class presentations and revise for the exam. As well as the textbook/presentation cases, I also give company examples in the lectures. So, attending classes and taking notes of each session (including the presentations) is doubly important.

More detailed advice on the final exam will be given in the last lecture; so it is vital to attend this session. I have also posted extra practice exam papers on Learn to help you prepare (those before 2016 are not relevant).

The marks for assessments may be scaled before a final grade is determined.  You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Johnson, Gerry , Whittington, Richard, Scholes, Kevan; Exploring strategy; Eleventh edition; Pearson, 2017.

The cheapest option is the eBook priced at $60 and available here

Please buy or consult the textbook in the library, since this is Essential Reading for this course. Do not get the text-only version (i.e. without the cases) or previous editions, since the material will be incomplete/old. MGMT 344 also uses this text, so taking both papers will save you money! The text has a useful companion website, ‘MyStrategyLab’, which includes an assortment of valuable learning products, including self-testing multiple-choice questions. However, this is only accessible if you buy the printed book new, which is double the price of the eBook. Unless you are set on buying a printed version, this may not be good value, but the link is:

You are also expected to read the cases listed in the Lecture Schedule below from this textbook in advance of each session, beginning in time for Week 2, so that you can discuss these in class & benefit from applied learning. From Week 4 onwards, particular groups will analyse and present these cases; but everyone needs to be familiar with them each week to contribute effectively.  Other material will be posted on the course Learn website.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

All MGMT345 Occurrences

  • MGMT345-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020