Foundations of Strategic Management


Course Objective

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

Academic skills
• Analysis: examine and understand strategic management challenges and
issues from different perspectives
• Abstraction: being able to recognize fundamental structures and to
leave out irrelevant information
• Argumentation: put forward well-founded, substantiated points of view,
both in spoken and written format

Research skills
• Design, conduct, and report on a small-scale field study of strategic

• Explain theoretical models and concepts in the field of strategic
management, particularly with regard how the field developed over time
• Make connections between theories, models, and concepts

Bridging theory and practice
• Apply theoretical knowledge about various strategic management
theories to analysis business cases

Self awareness
• Take responsibility for individual learning
• Can reflect on his/her personal development

Course Content

The course aims to familiarize students with a number of classical and
influential debates in the strategic management literature. This
includes examining some of the “founding fathers” of strategy, such as
Sun Tzu, as well as the work of more contemporary management thinkers
such as Michael Porter, Henry Mintzberg, and Richard D’Aveni. Students
will read both original texts as well as recent studies applying these
perspectives, in order to gain a better understanding how classical
debates inform current strategic management research and practice.
Particular attention will be given to identifying and assessing
different and potentially diverging positions in these central debates
in the field. In addition to acquiring knowledge about the development
of the scientific field of strategic management, the focus is on
conducting a critical application of strategic management literature and
conducting an empirical investigation of strategic management
professionals. During
the course students are invited and challenged to develop their own
opinion and adopt a genuinely scholarly attitude. This not only
contributes to a deeper understanding of central debates in strategic
management, but also provides an important basis for a students’ further
development in this field.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Intermediate assignment: Individual
Research assignment: Duo
Case reports: Team


This course is article based.
Readings will be announced in course manual.

Recommended background knowledge

1.2 Organization Theory; 1.3 Academic Skills; 2.2 Strategy; 2.5
Corporate Entrepreneurship

1.2 Organization Theory; 1.3 Academic Skills; 2.2 International
Strategy; 2.4 BRM I - Quantitative

General Information

Course Code E_IBK3_FSM
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. B.V. Tjemkes
Examiner dr. B.V. Tjemkes
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture, Instruction course
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