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WORK6002: Strategic Management

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal evening] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The aim of this unit is to introduce the concept of strategy and explain its role in the management of organisations. The unit thus traces the development of strategic management as a field and examines different approaches to strategic management. WORK6002 introduces students to the classical strategy process of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation. This involves learning about and working with a range of strategy models and tools that can be used in the strategic management of organisations. In particular, a range of case studies is used to explore the practical application of these tools. The unit also critically examines traditional views of strategy by introducing a range of current debates in the strategy field.

Unit details and rules

Unit code WORK6002
Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Tim Mahlberg,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam (Take-home)
Case study with combination of long and short answer responses
40% Formal exam period 3 hours (including reading time)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Case study assessment
Case study
40% Week 08 See Canvas for details
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Small continuous assessment group assignment Seminar-based assessment
Seminar participation and facilitation
20% Weekly See Canvas for details
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Seminar-based assessment: Participation (individual assessment) in seminars is assessed each week based on attendance, punctuality, and the quality of your contribution to the discussion surrounding case analyses. Also, you will be allocated a group and a case study in the first week. In your assigned week, your group will make a presentation which will require you to identify a media item (e.g. an article from a newspaper, a social media clip, etc.) that relates to the case or to the case’s key strategic issue. At the end of your presentation, your group will facilitate a seminar exercise by providing key questions and/or an activity that will stimulate discussion related to your presentation.
  • Case study assignment: Students will adopt the role of external advisor, and prepare a detailed case analysis and recommendation of an organisation (to be announced). This assignment will involve judiciously applying strategy concepts, tools and frameworks from the unit of study to conduct a strategic analysis of the organisation and formulate coherent recommendations.
  • Final exam: This exam will consist of a series of questions requiring a combination of long and short answer responses. Students will receive a case study, and some exam questions will pertain to this case.
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.

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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.

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 Introduction to strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Strategy: external analysis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Strategy: internal analysis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Business-level strategy and competitive rivalry Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Corporate-level strategy and strategic leadership Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Evaluating strategic options and strategy implementation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Strategy in a globalised world Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Dealing with uncertainty Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Strategy and corporate social responsibility and sustainability Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Strategy and innovation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 The practice of strategy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Strategy in the internet era: understanding new business models Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures will be 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.

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

The required text for this course is:

  • Hanson, D., Hitt, M., Ireland, R., and Hoskisson, R. (2017) Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalisation, Cengage Learning, 6th Asia-Pacific Edition, ISBN: 978-0170373159.


All additional readings for this unit 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. comprehend and apply a variety of tools and approaches related to strategy formulation and implementation
  • LO2. evaluate organisational strategies and propose solutions for strategic issues in a variety of business contexts and industries
  • LO3. develop the ability to critique and understand the limitations of strategy concepts
  • LO4. explore ways that ethical and socially responsible elements might be integrated into strategy formulation and implementation
  • LO5. improve ability to effectively communicate about strategic issues.

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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