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Developing Strategic Intelligence (MBS594)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Description This unit centres on the development of strategic thinking skills so that students can reflect creatively on organisational and business strategy. Strategic intelligence is built by a focus on understanding the language of strategy, and learning how information from the internal and external environments can assist in developing and communicating a vision, contributes to scenario planning and strategy cultivation, and, ultimately, lead to innovation in services development and delivery.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate and apply contemporary theories, models, and tools relating to strategic planning, scenario development and strategic foresight, strategic thinking vs. strategic management, stakeholder issues, crisis and disaster management.
2. Undertake continuing narratives relating to their roles, identity, leadership and ongoing organisational change, impacting - structure, systems and culture across teams or agencies. An exploration of Organisational Culture change is a common theme to be introduced in this unit and further developed in the final unit.
3. Students will learn key strategy, strategic thinking and intelligence models, concepts and applications as outlined above and undertake informed discussions of the strategy implementation, (change and reform) processes within their respective agencies.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply key organisational learning and knowledge management principles to support reflective practice leadership development, use of hard data and soft tacit knowledge to support the quality of intelligence within relevant agency networks, build more effective decision making , and improvement to systems and management practices.
5. Demonstrate an ability to integrate models, theories and principles from each unit in the course to inform future leadership and change, program, project operational and management practices.
Timetabled Learning Activities Up to 24 contact hours plus personal study up to a total of 150 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self-directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Assessment See assessment items below.
Prerequisites Nil.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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