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Module Reading List

Strategic Management, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Josh Morton
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


The following textbook is required reading for the module: 

Gerry Johnson, Richard Whittington, Duncan Angwin, Patrick Regnr, Kevan Scholes (2017 or 2020), Exploring Strategy: text and cases (paper copy and online e-book via VLeBooks or MyiLibrary at library) (11th or 12th edition), Pearson, ISBN 9781292145129.  

This book is available in a number of versions. The recommended version is the text with the case studies included (Text & Cases version). The case studies provide context for the fundamentals of Strategic Management. 

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The reading/preparation for workshops will vary and will be provided in advance of the relevant week where appropriate. 

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The reading list for each week will be updated as the module progresses and confirmed reading will be communicated at the end of each lecture. There will be both required and recommended reading. The below is provisional and might be subject to minor change. 

Week 1 - 'What is Strategy and the Role of Strategic Analysis?' 

Required reading:

-Porter, M. (1996). What is Strategy?. Harvard Business Review. Nov/Dec, 74(6), pp. 61–78. (Available online).  

-Bracker, J. (1980). The Historical Development of the Strategic Management Concept. Academy of Management Review, 5(2), pp. 219-224. (Available online).  

Recommended reading:

- Whittington, R. (2001). What is Strategy and Does it Matter?. Second Edition. Chapter 2. Boston: Cengage Learning. (Available online).  

- Hoskisson, R.E, Hitt, M.A, Wan, W.P, and Yiu, D. (1999). Theory and research in strategic management. Journal of Management, 25(3), pp. 417-456. (Available online). 

Week 2 - 'Strategy Purpose and Statements' 

Required reading:

Exploring strategy. textbook (2017 or 2020) chapter 1 (1.1 and 1.2) 'Introduction' and 'What is Strategy?'. (Purchase/library).

Week 3 - 'Environmental Analysis' 

Required reading:

- Schoemaker, P. (2004). Forecasting and Scenario Planning: The Challenges of Uncertainty and Complexity. Chapter from Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making. (Available online).

Recommended reading: 

- Meyer, A. (1982). Adapting to Environmental Jolts. Administrative Science Quarterly, 27(1), pp. 515-537. (Available online).

Week 4 - 'PESTEL Framework' 

Required reading:

Exploring Strategy textbook (2017 or 2020) chapter 2 (2.1 and 2.2) 'Introduction' and ‘PESTEL Analysis’. (Purchase/library).

Week 5 - 'Industry Analysis and Competitive Dynamics' 

Required reading:

- Kim, W.C. & Mauborgne, R. (2004). Blue Ocean Strategy. Harvard Business Review. October issue. (Available online). 

Recommended reading: 

- Porter, M. (2008). The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy. Harvard business review. , January, pp. 24–41. (Available online).

Week 6 - 'Five Forces Framework' 

Required reading:

Exploring Strategy textbook (2017 or 2020) chapter 3 (3.1 and 3.2) 'Introduction' and 'Industry Analysis'. (Purchase/library).

Week 7 - 'Internal Analysis' 

Required reading:

- Barney, J. (1991) Firm Resources and Sustained Competitive Advantage. Journal of management17(1), pp.99-120. (Available online).

Recommended reading: 

- Teece, D.J., Pisano, G., and Shuen, A. (1997) Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management. Strategic management journal. . 18(7), pp.509–533. (Available online).

Week 8 - 'VRIO Framework' 

Required reading:

Exploring Strategy textbook (2017 or 2020) chapter 4 (4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) ‘Introduction’, ‘Foundations of R&C’ and ‘Distinctive R&C. (Purchase/library).

Week 9 - 'Guest Lecture 1' 

Reading TBC

Week 10 - 'Guest Lecture 2' 

Reading TBC 


This list was last updated on 07/10/2021