Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Professor Owen Hughes


Strategy began as a field of study with the military use of the term and by analogy later with business. The military use persists in strategic studies and the contrast between strategy and tactics. Both strategy in this sense and in the business strategy sense draw on early theorists such as Sun Tze, Thucydides, Machiavelli and Clausewitz. The aim of this unit is to link scholarship of the classic thinkers with practical experience. This unit is based on case studies with the focus on real world strategic situations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the derivation of ideas about strategy
  2. demonstrate a knowledge and awareness of key thinkers about strategy in different historical and locational contexts
  3. critically evaluate how these different theories can be applicable to the contemporary setting
  4. further enhance communication, inter-personal, problem solving and critical thinking capabilities.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours per week


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses to undertake this unit: 3183, 3184, 3185, 3189, 3190, 3191, 3195, 3196, 3197, 3198, 3837, 3839, 3849 or 0028