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Strategic Management

This course introduces some of the main aspects of managing a business strategically in a global environment from a range of different perspectives, including social, political, technological, economic and global factors, in order to help managers of the future develop the capabilities to gain competitive advantage.

The course explores a range of management aspects including strategic thinking, people management and cultures, risk management, ethics and corporate social responsibility, globalisation, leadership and communications and marketing from both theoretical and practical perspectives enabling students to learn how they can be applied to real life scenarios.

It was an exciting three weeks at the Warwick Summer School, we made new friends and it has changed our lives towards a more mature and goal-oriented direction.

Gemy Hale Provido (Philippines)

Key Facts

Level: Intermediate

Fees: Please see fees page

Teaching: 62 hours

Expected independent study: 68 hours

Optional assessment: Dependant on course

Typical credit: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)*
* Please check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, please see our Teaching and assessment page




Week 1

Diversity is an important and strategic issue for managers and leaders to consider in any organization or firm. Research finds that diversity on boards, and in organizations in general, in many cases is predictive of higher creativity and innovation, better brainstorming and decision-making, increased sales and revenues, and even higher organizational performance. These positive effects likely occur as a result of more and better talent, different viewpoints as well as cognitive and behavioral variability. Unfortunately, organizational diversity or organizations that attempt to increase the diversity often face a series of problems, including prejudice, harassment and discrimination.

In this week of the course, we aim to explore the reasons behind these negative effects and solutions shown to combat them, both from the individual and organizational perspectives. The course will thus focus on gender and non-gender stereotypes (i.e., where they come from, what they are, how they impact people) as the root cause of problems associated with diversity, the effects of these stereotypes (on both the holders of these stereotypes as well as the victims), and finally the solutions to these problems.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Introduction to diversity management in organisations
  • Understanding gender stereotypes and their effects on women's own behaviour in organisations as well as others' attitudes and behaviours toward women
  • Understanding non gender stereotypes (e.g., age, race, culture, religion) and their effects on the victims
  • Overcoming obstacles related to women/minority status in organisations from the minorities' and managerial perspective.

Week 2

In this week of the course we aim to help us understand organisations, and our role within them, in new ways. We will grapple the complexity, ambiguity and context-dependent nature of organisational life by understanding the different approaches to making sense of organisations. Using a combination of lectures, case studies, videos, small group discussions and experiential Arts-Based learning, we will deep-dive together into better understanding organisational culture(s), group dynamics, teamwork plus 'elephants in the room', such as power and politics.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Introductory exercises: Key concepts, approaches and implications
  • Organisational Culture
  • Power at Work
  • Group processes, dynamics and teams at work

Week 3

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Course Aims

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Learning Outcomes

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Course Structure

For this course, there will be 4 hours of teaching on most weekdays, comprised of lectures and small group teaching. The structure will be:

  • 3 hours of lectures.
  • A 1 hour seminar in small groups.

Students will also be given time each day for independent study. Towards the end of the third week, students will be provided with time for revision.

Course Assessment

The module will be assessed via a 2-hour examination. It should be noted that the exam is not compulsory. Everyone who completes the course – whether or not they sit the exam - will receive a certificate of attendance. However, by taking the exam you will also receive a grade/mark for the course which can be helpful to you.

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Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is open to students studying any discipline at University level. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds, including students who are currently studying another subject but who want to broaden their knowledge in another discipline. Students should also meet our standard entry requirements and must be aged 18 or over by the time the Summer School commences and have a good understanding of the English language.

Please note changes to the syllabus and teaching team may be made over the coming months before exact set of topics are finalised.