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MGTS3301 - Business Policy and Strategy (Session1)

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Hawken Engineering Building 50 Room S201

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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 4-7 for the Management Team Meetings and weeks 9 and 10 for the simulations.

April Wright is an Associate Professor in the UQ Business School, with over 20 years of university teaching experience. She won a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 and has received national recognition for her teaching and learning work in large business courses, including the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management 'Management Educator of the Year' in 2011 and a national citation in the Australian Awards for University Teaching in 2013. April is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education and her research in management education has been published in leading journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Geoff Greenfield has a PhD in information systems and has been in academic roles for 15 years. He is s currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. He believes our role as educators is to provide an environment where students can develop and learn, not only the hard skills relevant to their discipline, but also the soft skills that employers are looking for in the business market.


Hawken Engineering Building 50 Room S201

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