MGMT643-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Advanced Strategic Management

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The course prepares students to undertake strategy activity as reflective practitioners and provides the conceptual background needed for research in the strategy field.

The course involves students in debating multiple perspectives on each of the major strategy issues faced by managers. The debate draws on papers by leading strategic thinkers, and applies their ideas to contemporary business cases. The cases are international in scope, reflecting contemporary global business connectedness. The course covers strategy process, content, context and purpose.

The course requires entry into the M.Com programme in Management, Marketing or other subjects. Prior undergraduate study of strategic management (MGMT344 & 345) is helpful but not essential for this course.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT643S1 is:
Lectures 24
Weekly reading 24
Theory presentation 21
Case presentation 21
Applied research assignment 30
Conceptual research assignment 30
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • The course has the dual objectives of preparing students to undertake strategy activity as reflective practitioners and providing the conceptual background needed for research in the strategy field. Components of this are:

  • Insight into each of the main research streams that make up the strategic management field
  • Ability to source and interpret scholarly strategy literature and relate it to practical situations
  • Ability to apply scholarly knowledge to organisations’ strategic challenges
  • Ability to participate in dialectical discussion of scholarly viewpoints on strategy topics
  • Accomplished presentation of complex strategy topics
  • Authorship of directed conceptual or applied scholarly essays on strategy topics

    Learning Objectives, MCom
  • A graduate can demonstrate higher level in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary thought and developments within your specific research area.
    The course develops theoretical and applied understanding of key concepts and research streams in strategic management.
  • A graduate can evaluate the implications of their own research findings for the wider body of relevant academic literature.
    The course develops these skills through dialectical debate of paradoxes in respect of each topic within the discipline.
  • Graduates can plan and carry out a supervised programme of academic research that shows a sound understanding of ethical practice.
    The course provides a route into M.Com thesis projects in the discipline area.
  • A graduate can synthesise academic literature and communicate research findings, both orally and in written form, consistent with academics working in their chosen discipline.
    The course develops these skills through the dialectic and case presentations in each class, and further through the research assignment.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Equivalent Courses


Timetable Note

Please plan to attend all sessions, and keep the course coordinator informed if circumstances prevent you from attending a particular class.

Due to the interactive nature of the class, including student presentations, lectures for MGMT643-23S1 are not recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Paul Knott

Office hours: Please refer to Learn site for details.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Theory Presentation 20% Theory Presentation
Case Presentation 20% Case Presentation
Applied Research Assignment 24 Apr 2023 30% Submission 9am Monday 24 April
Conceptual Research Assignment 12 Jun 2023 30% Submission 9am Monday 12 June

Details of the requirements and expectations for each item of assessment are provided in separate documents available on the course Learn site.

Assessment In Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:

Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to, informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Wit, Bob de; Strategy : an international perspective ; Seventh edition; Cengage Learning, 2020.

The course follows De Wit, Strategy: an International Perspective, 7th Edition, Cengage 2020, ISBN 9781473765856 (including chapter-end readings).


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page
General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,037.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

All MGMT643 Occurrences

  • MGMT643-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023