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WORK2210: Strategic Management

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit explores how strategy is formulated, implemented and evaluated. Strategic management concepts, frameworks and tools are applied to organizational case studies. Current debates in strategic management are evaluated for their relevance to strategists in a range of organizational contexts.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6
40 credit points worth of units of study
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Paul Finn,
Tutor(s) Linh Nguyen,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final Exam
Short and long essay questions.
30% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Participation Tutorial participation
Attendance and participation (note: microphone and camera required).
10% Ongoing Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case study report
Written report
30% Week 06
Due date: 13 Sep 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 18 Oct 2021
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Simulation game
30% Week 09
Due date: 12 Oct 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 20 Oct 2021
Live for one week
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Tutorial participation: You will be assessed on your contributions to the weekly tutorials. If you have opted for online tutorials, make sure you have stable Internet connection, microphone and a camera to effectively participate in the sessions. Excellent tutorial participation involves regular attendance, thoughtful participation, pre-class preparation and respecting the views of others.
  • Case study report: You will write a case study on a selected company. Applying the tools learnt in the unit, you will analyse the current strategy employed by the selected company and suggest possible strategic directions.
  • Simulation game: This assessment task is made up of two elements; the Harvard Business School case simulation which will be completed in groups of 4, and a peer evaluation which will take place individually. The simulation involves students working together to create a strategy map, develop a balanced scorecard, and choose strategic initiatives for an automotive parts firm. The goal of the simulation is to maximise the firm's value. An opportunity will be given to teams to familiarise themselves with the game through practice rounds.
  • Final exam (Type C): the final exam for this unit will be 1.5-2 hours long open-book exam with no supervision (Type C) to be held and submitted during the University Final Exam Period. You will be answering a mix of short and long answers. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

This unit follows the University policy for late submissions. Please refer to the policy online. Failure to submit peer evaluation for the Simulation assessment would result in 0 mark for that individual.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 What is strategy? Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Strategic leadership Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Analysing strategy: Looking outside Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Analysing strategy: Looking inside Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Analysing strategy: Synthesising and writing strategic analysis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Formulating strategy: Business level strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Formulating strategy: Business level strategy and the Balanced Scorecard Simulation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Formulating strategy: Innovation and design thinking Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Formulating strategy: Corporate level strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Feedback on Case Study & Simulation Results Overview Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Formulating Strategy: Strategic Alliances, Mergers & Acquisitions Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Implementing strategy: Corporate governance and business ethics Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Recap and revision Lecture (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Online teaching: Students should ensure they have stable Internet connection, turn on their microphone and camera to effectively participate in online teaching. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Required textbook: 

Rothaermel, F. T. (2020) Strategic management. Fifth Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Other assigned readings can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the key strategic challenges in a range of business contexts
  • LO2. identify and critically evaluate potential implications of strategic business decisions drawing on a range of strategic management tools and concepts
  • LO3. communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using a range of modes of communication involving case study simulation and report writing
  • LO4. evaluate how values and ethics shape strategic management planning and outcomes.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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