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Strategic view of performance

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Strategic management and planning are no longer the preserve of senior executives. This free course, Strategic view of performance, looks at three different approaches to strategy before analysing the direction that strategic management may take now that it has become an accumulation of small tactical decisions rather than a top-down process. If you are interested in how a business 'ticks', this course could provide some of the answers.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the difference between a ‘markets approach’ and a ‘resource-based approach’ to strategy, and how they complement each other
  • explain what is meant by ‘the value chain’, and how it applies to an organisation
  • explain what is meant by ‘emergent strategy’ and why intended and actual strategy may differ
  • contribute more effectively to developing and implementing strategy in the organisation.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Thursday 11th February 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Human Resources
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Strategic view of performance


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In this session we take a closer look at what is meant by strategy. The classical approach to strategic management treats strategic planning and control as purely the province of senior managers. More recent approaches accept that middle-level managers may have an important role to play, not only in implementing strategy but also in the emergence and formulation of strategic direction. We will look at three broad approaches to understanding strategy. First, we examine the idea of strategy as a formal, top-down process of analysis and planning based on a considered response to the environment in which the organisation operates, and its core mission. Second, we consider strategy as the identification and development of core capabilities and networks of relationships, as a source of competitive advantage. Third, we turn to one important aspect of strategy: understanding and managing the creation of value, within and between organisations. Finally, we consider the ways in which strategic direction can emerge over time as the accumulation of smaller tactical decisions, as opposed to a formal, top-down process of analysis and planning.

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