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Course 2018-2019 a.y.

30269 - COMPETITIVE STRATEGIES IN CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

CLEACC
Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 11 - 12

CLEACC (7 credits - I sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/07)
Course Director:
PEDRO ACEVES

Classes: 11 (I sem.) - 12 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 11: PEDRO ACEVES, Class 12: PEDRO ACEVES


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The focus of this course is on how managers can enhance and sustain superior business performance by making sound strategic decisions within creative industries. Business strategy is concerned with answering two central questions: “How and where should a business compete?” In this course, we consider analytical techniques for diagnosing the competitive position of a business, evaluating business strategies, and identifying what organizational form a business should take. These concepts and frameworks help you to structure complex problems in business strategy and provide a solid foundation for strategic decision making. The course also address the topic of operations management. An understanding of operations management is important because it is central to constant changes in customer preferences, networks of supply and demand, and developments in technology. The analysis of these topics are conducted within the context of creative industries.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The course covers analytical and conceptual models that help in the development of strategic thinking. The main goal of the course is, to improve students’ analytical skills and to foster the development of strategic thinking. The topics of logistics and production are also extensively studied. The topics of this course include:

  1. What is strategy?
  2. Industry Analysis.
  3. Strategic Group Analysis.
  4. The internal sources of competitive advantage.
  5. Differentiation vs. cost strategies.
  6. Growth strategies.
  7. Diversification: the scope of the firm.
  8. Vertical integration.
  9. Internationalization.
  10. Operations and processes.
  11. Operations strategy & design.
  12. Supply Chain Management.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Identify, understand, and describe the institutional and competitive environment within diverse creative industries.
  • Explain processes for transforming competitive advantages into sustainable competitive advantages.
  • Describe and use foundational concepts in strategy such as industry dynamics, vertical integration, diversification, and internationalization and how they relate to creative industries. 
  • Describe and use foundational concepts in operations such as planning and control, supply chain management and corporate social responsibility.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Evaluate strategic situations faced by different kinds of organizations.
  • Apply the frameworks from the class to novel market contexts and organizations.
  • Develop critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills.
  • Work effectively within a team.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
DETAILS
  • Cases are discussed in class with the purpose of bringing to life the concepts and frameworks learned during the course.
  • Individual assignments are used to develop critical thinking and analytical skills through the use of course concepts.
  • Group assignments develop critical communication skills required to address strategic decision-making in group and organizational contexts.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  •     x
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Final individual exam, evaluated on the basis of points attributed to each question, weighted for importance. The individual exam(s) is held in class, with closed books. Additional points can be earned from teamwork during class hours.

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Final individual exam, evaluated on the basis of points attributed to each question, weighted for importance. The individual exam(s) is held in class, with closed books. A sufficient grade in the individual exam is required in order to pass the course.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • R. GRANT, Contemporary Strategy Analysis, Wiley, 2016, 9th edition (Chapters 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13).
    • Case studies available on e-learning.
    • N. SLACK, A. BRANDON-JONES, R. JOHNSTON, Operations Management, Prentice Hall, 7th edition.
    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • R. GRANT, Contemporary Strategy Analysis, Wiley, 2016, 9th Edition (Chapters, 1-16).
    • N. SLACK, A. BRANDON-JONES, R. JOHNSTON, Operations Management, Prentice Hall, 7th edition.
    Last change 20/06/2018 08:36