Course description

Behavioural Foundations of Strategic Management


The course develops your understanding and perspectives of different behavioural strategy phenomena and how these can be managed within the organisation. Of central concern are the phenomena of strategic cognition, strategic decision making, strategy development processes, strategic leadership, managing strategic capabilities, and strategic change and renewal.  

The course blends theory and applications in covering each of these topics.  Students are given a set of readings for each week, and are expected to come to class prepared. We do not teach the readings, we start from these and build our discussion accordingly. The course requires active participation from all students. 

Course content

The topics to be covered will include many of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Strategic thinking and sense making
  • Strategic decision making
  • Strategy development processes
  • Strategy as practice
  • Leadership
  • Strategy implementation
  • Strategic change
  • The strategy-organisation link

Learning outcome knowledge

(i) To gain a critical understanding of the key theories and phenomena underpinning the course 

(ii) To be able to apply theory to examples and cases

(iii) To understand different strategic contexts which may impact how the strategy process is organised, how capabilities are updated, and so on

Exam organisation

  • Written exam: 60%
  • Class participation: 40%