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MGTS3301 Business Policy and Strategy (Seminars)

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Prentice Building (42) | R212 | St Lucia, QLD 4067

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MGTS3301 provides a capstone learning experience for final-year business students by building upon foundational knowledge about business management that students have acquired in previous core courses and upon more specialist expertise developed in their major area(s) of study. Students apply concepts, tools, and frameworks relevant to strategy formulation and implementation to business cases and simulations to analyse how firms can create a sustainable competitive advantage in dynamic environments. Through this application and analysis, students develop a more integrated and ethically responsible understanding of the relationships between strategy and firm performance measured by financial and non-financial indicators.

The course is run as interactive seminars in which students are expected to:
(1) arrive fully prepared by reviewing course materials (readings, lecture slides/recordings etc.) prior to attending class;
(2) actively engage as self-managed learners and collaborate with students from other majors to develop a functionally-integrated understanding of business strategy and its practice; and
(3) display levels of professional competence in communication and teamwork required of business graduates as future leaders.

Each three hour seminar has up to 108 students which in itself it is a challenge to organise and run. The flipped classroom design of the course places a greater requirement on the students to come to class prepared, however, they participate to a greater extent than in a traditional class environment. To best appreciate the course design, the best weeks to visit are weeks 6-7 for the Management Team Meetings.

Stuart Middleton is a Lecturer in Strategy in the UQ Business School, with over 15 years of university teaching expertise, and professional experience in developing a three-year strategic plan for an organisation with $1.2bn revenue. He uses case studies, narratives, and the development of Socratic-style questioning to scaffold high-level theoretical concepts into practical examples that students can relate to, engage with, and critically evaluate.


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