Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 4 hours or 40 hours block taught
Seminars / Tutorials 20 hours including case studies


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 10 minute presentation  25%
Semester Assessment 2,000 word group project  25%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed elements or equivalent  25%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed elements or equivalent  25%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Repeat failed elements or equivalent  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Evaluate information in support of strategic decision making

Recommend change management processes in support of business decisions

Evaluate aspects of the firm’s relationship with stakeholders

Recommend strategies for relating with external stakeholders

Prepare, explain and defend strategic plans to external parties


Business ethics,
Corporate social responsibility
Non-market environment of business
Change management
Introduction to corporate strategy
Political risk

Brief description

The course will equip students to assemble evidence, analyse it and recommend courses of action in relation to cross-functional organizational problems. One component of the module is relationships with external stakeholders and how to manage these in an ethical fashion. The module also introduces students to strategic management in anticipation of greater development of this material in the research project phase of the degree. This module is designed with a particular practitioner focus, with the aim of utilizing concepts introduced in the first semester. Readings reflect this, with an emphasis on quality practitioner articles and cases.
This course is taught in a block, a manner consistent with best practice in other UK business schools. This allows for a range of delivery mechanisms for the material, including case study work, small group sessions and presentations. This is an essential aspect of this course and contributes to employability development as well as pedagogical issues.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Preparation of the group assignment will involve the use of financial statements.
Communication Discussion-based seminars facilitate critical thinking and help to develop good presentation skills. Participation in case study seminars will develop communication skills and independent work on assessed report helps to develop writing skills
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will improve their learning by undertaking directed but independent study and work. Time management will be crucial in preparation for the group project.
Information Technology The use of electronic journals is highly relevant for the successful preparation of the essay. In addition, although not required, students may choose to use electronic library databases. Computers and software packages in support of business decision-making will be used.
Personal Development and Career planning The module provides content which may prove highly valuable for students in their later careers. This module equips managers with knowledge and tools to operate various functions across an organisation
Problem solving The module demands the participants to apply analytical skills to reason and understand the challenging nature of the subject. By introducing a variety of theoretical as well as empirical topics, the module enables students to develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving and to critically evaluate potential solutions to complex and challenging problems. These skills will be applied in the classroom, in the group work and in the examination.
Research skills This module will introduce students to a range of research methods, which will facilitate development of appropriate research skills necessary to produce high quality reports. The students will have to prepare a group report based on information that they will have to collect, having to arrange coherently in a written document all the relevant material gathered.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Team work ethics are encouraged in seminars. During seminars students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions/presentations. The group work project will be important in this developmental process.


This module is at CQFW Level 7