*A-Y* Strategic Management

1.    In your own words and using referenced quotes  describe the difference between ‘business unit level’ strategy and ‘corporate level’ strategy

2.    Discuss the corporate parenting style of Virgin group.

3.    In your own words and using referenced quotes  describe the difference between organic growth, merger & acquisition and strategic alliance.
4.    Give an example of a company that has grown through a) organic growth, b) merger or acquisition and c) strategic alliance

5.    Briefly discuss the merger between Britvic and AG Barr.  What advice would you give to the new Board?

6.    How can using the Change Kaleidoscope and Force-field analysis help an organisation to deliver its intended strategy?

7.    Add your Change Kaleidoscope diagram for Hewlett Packard (Exercise 1 – slide 20 on the Strategic Change Context attachment) to your Learning Journal
8.    What are the benefits and drawbacks of taking an ‘emergent’ approach to strategy making?

9.    Did Honda’s entry strategy demonstrate the characteristics of ‘logical incrementalism’?

10.    In your own words and using referenced quotes  describe what is meant by the term ‘strategic leadership’.

11.    Identify two interesting similarities and two differences between the 5      Elements of Successful and Effective Strategic Leadership model and the Transcendent Leadership model

Essential Reading

The Core text book is:
 Johnson G, Whittington R & Scholes K (2011), Exploring Strategy, Ed9, Prentice Hall

Other Recommended reading:
Grant R (2010), Contemporary Strategy Analysis: concepts, techniques, applications Ed 7. Wiley

Grant R and Jordan J (2012) Foundations of Strategy, Wiley

Ireland, R., Hoskisson, R, and Hitt, M. (2009) The Management of Strategy: Concepts and Cases, 8th Ed. Cengage Learning

Johnson G, Scholes K and Whittington R (2009), Fundamentals of Strategy, Prentice Hall.

Lynch  R (2008) Strategic Management, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall.

Wickham, P and Wickham. L (2008) Management Consulting: Delivering an Effective Project, Ed 3. Prentice Hall

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