Strategic Analysis

STR404 Strategic Analysis

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    The aim of this course is to give an overview of the most important frameworks and new frontiers in strategic analysis and teach the student how to apply these frameworks through a combination of case discussions and lectures.

    The course will start with the strategic purpose, debate the balance between shareholders and stakeholders, financial and social goals, and the link to business models. Then we move on to the macro forces that influence the businesses fundamentally such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In dealing with the macroenvironment students will learn how to map the major forces and to apply different frameworks to deal with uncertainty. The next and third part is dedicated to analyse the organizations internally. In this part we address topics such as the resource-based view, dynamic capabilities and examine different value configurations. We then turn to look at strategic analysis at three different levels: The business level, the corporate level and the ecosystem level. We address subjects such as game theory, co-optition, mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships and networks. Last, we look at strategic analysis in different contexts, and all the way bring real cases to the scene to illustrate and facilitate good discussions.  

  • Learning outcome

    In this course the students gain advanced knowledge in strategic analysis building on their existing knowledge of basics in strategy. They learn about the theoretical basis of the strategic tools and how to apply these tools to real-life business cases. Moreover, they learn about the new frontiers in strategic analysis and how to apply strategic analysis in the network and digitalized economy.


    Knowledge - the candidate...

    • has advanced knowledge within strategic analysis
    • has thorough knowledge of the scholarly methods in strategic analysis
    • can apply knowledge to new areas within strategic analysis
    • can analyze academic problems on the basis of strategic management theories

    Skills - The candidate...

    • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
    • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems

    Competence - The candidate...

    • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
    • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field
    • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public

  • Teaching

    The course will be offered digitally. Classes consist of case discussions combined with lectures. Students are expected to contribute and participate in discussions.

  • Recommended prerequisites

    Students will be assumed to have had an introductory course in strategic management at the bachelor level

  • Requirements for course approval

    Class attendence

    Project assignments (approved/not approved).

    Peer review of fellow students´ assignments

    Presentation of assignments

  • Assessment

    Eight hour individual home exam from 9 am to 5 pm.

  • Grading Scale

    A - F

  • Literature

    Whittington, R. et al (2021): Fundamentals of Strategy. Fifth edition. Harlow, England: Pearson.

    Set of academic articles


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2021.

Course responsible

Lecturer Magne Angelshaug, Department of Strategy and Management