Critical Essay Strategic Thinking

Assessmentis by one assignment, a critical essay of 6000 words (100%) which integratestheory and practice. The assignment must include a clear structure with anabstract, a list of references and, where appropriate, appendices and diagrams.You must make appropriate use of journal articles and texts.
The assignment should addressfour elements:
Part A – Literature Review(70% of the available marks):
1.   A critical literature review of key theories ofhow strategy is developed and implemented, and the relationship betweenstrategy, innovation and change
Part B -Organization Analysis (30% of the available marks):
2.   A critical analysis of selected strategicprocesses within your organisation, or an organisation of your choice, relatedto relevant theories
3.   An assessment of the extent to which peoplewithin the organisation are engaged with and contribute to a selected strategy
4.   Recommendations about how strategic processeswithin the organisation could be improved.
Notethe mark allocations to each part of the assignment.
Topreserve confidentiality, please anonymise the organisation or organisationsyou discuss in the assignment, eg by calling them Company X, or GovernmentalOrganisation Y, or International Organisation Z. Similarly, where you writeabout private individuals, call them manager A, or leader B.
In support of this module, a pack of recommended reading will be madeavailable through the Online Campus system, which you can download as pdf files:the source texts are listed below.
As you are studying at Masters level, you are also expected to exploreand discover reading independently. Typically it is a good idea to start with a broad text that summariseskey issues, then widen your research to include academic and practitioner sources.
A number of journalscontain useful material for this module, including: Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Strategy, ManagementDecision, Learning Organization, Strategy and Leadership, PublicAdministration, Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, andthe Journal of Strategy and Management. All ofthese are available electronically through the University Library, and you canfind and download articles from them.
Core Reading
If youwere to buy one book to support your work on this module, we would recommend:
Richard Whittington, PatrickRegnr, Duncan Angwin, Gerry Johnson, Gerry Johnson 2020 Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases, 12th edition, Pearson:Harlow. Earlier editions are also acceptable.
Itis available as an e-book through the University library. Your ability toaccess it will depend on your internet connection bandwidth and availability(you must be connected while reading) please check on this early in themodule.
You can buy the book on Kindle.
Recommended Reading
The following books are relevantto the module. Books marked with a #hashtag can be purchased through Kindle(publication dates of Kindle editions may differ from the dates below).
Where books are marked with an*asterisk, a chapter can be downloaded as a pdf file see the Online Campusfor details of how to do this.
ClaireCapon 2008 Understanding StrategicManagement Pearson Education: Harlow*
SR Clegg, J Schweitzer, A Whittle and C Pitelis 2020 Strategy:Theory and Practice, 3rd. Sage: London#
Bobde Wit and Ron Meyer 2005 StrategySynthesis Thomson*
Bob Garratt 2010 The Fish Rots from the Head ProfileBooks: London#*
Robert M Grant 2016 ContemporaryStrategy Analysis, Blackwell: Malden, MA#*
J Lampel, H Mintzberg, JBQuinn & S Ghoshal 2014 The StrategyProcess Prentice Hall*
Henry Mintzberg, BruceAhlstrand and Joseph Lampel 2009 StrategySafari FT Prentice Hall*
JohnA Pearce III and Richard B Robinson Jnr 2009 Strategic Management: Formulation, Implementation and Control, 11thed McGraw Hill; Boston*
Itemsin the list below are available as e-books through the University library. Yourability to access these will depend on your internet connection bandwidth andavailability (you must be connected while reading, or you may download the bookfor a limited period of time) please check on this early in the module.
SR Clegg, J Schweitzer, A Whittle and C Pitelis 2020 Strategy:Theory and Practice, 3rd. Sage: London
Hwi-changMun 2018 The art of strategy: Sun Tzu, Michael Porter, and beyond. CambridgeUniversity Press: Cambridge
JoanMagretta 2012 Understanding Michael Porter: the essential guide tocompetition and strategy. Harvard Business Review Press: Boston
MichaelE. Porter 2019 Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance.Free Press: London
MichaelBeer 2009 High commitment, highperformance: how to build a resilient organization for sustained advantage.Jossey Bass: San Francisco
RobertHooijberg 2007 Being there even when youare not: leading through strategy, structures and systems. Elsevier JAI:London
GeoffMulgan 2009 The art of public strategy:mobilizing power and knowledge for the common good. Oxford UniversityPress: Oxford

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