STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF COMPANIES (BLENDED LEARNING) - 2020/1

Module code: MANM457

Module Overview

Learners successfully completing this module will have mastery, knowledge and skills to conduct long term view strategic positioning and apply strategic opportunities to grow their own business in the visitor economy context. Learners will be empowered with a set of strategic tools to help them analyse, challenge and apply strategic thinking within their industry.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

CIRAULO Marco (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N211

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

All participants must meet the entry criteria for the Programme.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Organisational strategy

  • Factors determining organisational vision, culture and values

  • The impact of regulation and compliance on organisational strategy

  • Different company structures and effect on company strategy, operations and performance

  • The market, competition and other external forces, including global perspectives

  • The impact on communities through social corporate responsibility, environmental impact and other ethical considerations

  • The role of intelligence and data in shaping organisational strategy, including the use of big data and cyber security considerations

  • Strategic planning for growth and long-term commercial sustainability

  • Strategic drivers for the visitor economy

  • Understanding board and company structures


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework INDIVIDUAL SUMMARY REPORT 90
Coursework INDIVIDUAL E-PORTFOLIO 10

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and application of the core learning outcomes for the module and the full range of knowledge, skills and behaviours identified above. It is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to evaluate the rationale, purpose and implementation of a strategy within the context of their own organisation. Learners will need to critically appraise their own company strategy in the light of current academic thinking and wider socio-economic factors that are affecting the sector in which their organisation is operating. Learners will be required to demonstrate critical analysis in the form of potential and actual positive and negative influences that they as a senior leader may have on the implementation of their organisation’s strategy.

Summative Assessment:

Individual Summary Report - 90%

Learners will be required to produce:


  • A visual report in powerpoint (a maximum of 10 slides) of the strategic analysis of their own company, using the theoretical models discussed in the module.

  • A written 500 words Executive Summary to present report and how they have applied the learning from the module in their workplace.



The reports will require them to provide a short synopsis of their company strategy and critically evaluate how successfully the strategy in their own organisation has been implemented. Learners will need to evaluate their own company strategy within a framework of academic thinking and theoretical models.

Individual E-portfolio - 10%

Learners will be asked to record a short (maximum 5 minute) podcast to critically evaluate one of the following statements:


  1. Whether Strategy is a discipline that can be learnt?

  2. The success, or failure of your involvement (past or present) in defining a Strategy.

  3. Whether, in your opinion, opportunities exist within your organisation to re-define and/or change or improve the current strategy.



Formative Assessment

Learners will work regularly in groups and as individuals, participating in classroom or online discussion forums and webinars, to demonstrate their understanding of the subject contents and application. Learners will be required to complete online guided learning activities that demonstrate the ability to analyse key components of organisational strategy. Awareness will be built up by learners being required to lead and participate to share understanding and knowledge of elements of organisational strategy. For example, learners may be required to present online a short presentation containing information from their organisation. Learners will receive peer feedback as well as comments from the academic and industry subject matter experts.

Feedback

Learners will be given formal feedback on their assessments and receive regular, informal feedback on their contribution throughout the module.

Module aims

  • This module aims to provide learners with an in-depth knowledge of the strategic drivers for companies. It will provide multiple theoretical and conceptual frameworks for learners to consider in terms of company strategy. Learners will be able to articulate how a company strategy relates to company vision and culture. The module will develop the learners ability to integrate multiple perspectives and forces affecting company strategy within the wider context of the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically analyse advanced professional practice from a range of sources in relation to organisational strategy KC
002 Operate in complex, ambiguous and unpredictable contexts by selecting appropriate information, tools and techniques to address difficult situations CPT
003 Analysis of the effective implementation of their own organisation’s strategy including identification of enablers and barriers to the execution of the company strategy CPT
004 Critically evaluate their own role as a senior leader in the organisation as to how they embody and communicate the company strategy to members of their teams and other staff PT
005 Enable learners to identify and address ethical dilemmas in the pursuit of profit, competition and wider social purpose of their own organisation KCPT
006 Appraise the effect of external, market, regulatory and other socio-economic factors in the development of an organisational strategy KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 11

Independent Study Hours: 52

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning methods incorporate a blended learning approach, centred around the key online learning design principles of – Learner centred; Useful; Engaging; Flexible; Consistent; Supportive and Accessible.

The teaching and learning undertaken on this module will reflect the following categories of training:


  1. Teaching of Theory. (May include lectures, role play, simulation exercises, online learning, research and networking)

  2. Practical Training. (May include shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and participation in guided activities to apply the theoretical knowledge, concepts and models in the day-to-day working practice).

  3. Learning support and time spent writing assignments and partaking in assessments.

  4. Reflective learning and self-evaluation to impart new knowledge, skills and behaviours only. (E-portfolio)



Learners taking this module will cover theoretical aspects with a mix of campus-based sessions, online and self-directed learning activities.  Learners will be expected to demonstrate commitment to independent learning and take an active part in any asynchronous activities such as forums, wikis and blogs, as well as synchronous activities (i.e. virtual meetings) where appropriate.  Participation in these activities, with emphasis on the self-directed learning activities, will be essential to the successful achievement of learning outcomes in this module.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF COMPANIES (BLENDED LEARNING) : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm457

Other information

None

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.