Corporate Strategy

Subject BUSA90054 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Corporate Strategy refers to the overall strategy of a multi-business firm. It is different from business strategy. The individual businesses in the corporate “family” have the responsibility of determining how to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Corporate Strategy refers to the task of the corporate “parent” and involves answering two distinct questions: 1) What businesses are we going to have in our portfolio? and 2) How is Corporate (i.e., the Corporate office) going to add value to the individual businesses? The first of these questions is normally straightforward and involves issues like scale and scope of the businesses we are in as well as the amount of diversification we wish to have. The second question is typically the more difficult. It involves not only capturing the synergies that exist among the businesses in the portfolio but also managing strategic risk. This course is designed to help managers understand strategy at the corporate level and equip them to formulate and execute Corporate Strategy.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish between Business Strategy and Corporate Strategy
  • Determine ways that value can be created through specific forms of corporate organization and corporate capabilities
  • Evaluate corporate performance and develop ideas for improving it from a financial and market perspective
  • Develop and execute a corporate strategy
  • Class preparation and discussion (15%)
    • Throughout subject
  • Quiz (15%)
    • 1 hour
    • Midway through subject
  • Syndicate project (30%)
    • Report (equivalent of 750 word assessment)
    • Presentation (equivalent of 750 word assessment)
    • Midway through subject
  • Final Exam (40%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • 90 minutes
    • End of subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration

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