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Electives

Students on the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation programme choose one elective during the year from the following:

Seminar in Strategy Content (2017/18)

This course provides a foundational survey of the key theories and empirical works that shape research on the content of strategic management - the relationship between the different strategies and resource and capability bundles firms develop, strategic positions they create, and their financial performance and competitive advantage. Building on strategic management, economics-based, and organisational theories, this course covers substantive research on the antecedents and consequences of competitive and corporate strategies undertaken by firms in connection with the changes and disruptions in the environment. The course involves active student participation in group discussions and critiques of the seminal classic contributions as well as latest research in various topics on the content of strategic management. It also involves you developing your own research ideas and proposals that build on some of the topics and theories covered.

Seminar in Strategy Process (2018/19)

This course provides a foundational survey of the key theories and empirical works that shape research on the process of strategic management - how strategic decisions are made and implemented. Building on behavioural and psychological theories, this course covers substantive research on the strategic processes such as strategic decision-making and implementation at the individual executives, groups (e.g. top management teams, middle managers) and the organisation as a whole (e.g. culture, corporate governance). The course involves active student participation in collective discussions and critiques of the seminal classic contributions as well as latest research in various topics on the content of strategic management. It also involves you developing your own research ideas and proposals that build on some of the topics and theories covered.

Fundamentals of Competitive Markets

You are introduced to the foundations necessary to conduct research in the three areas of marketing, operations, and finance with a view to developing your own skills as researchers in these areas and in business in general. This course covers standard models of:

  • individual choice under certainty and uncertainty
  • production theory
  • general equilibrium
  • monopoly pricing, price discrimination
  • information economics
  • behavioural economics

The course will give you some fundamental knowledge of competitive markets, enabling you to leverage your course knowledge to do original research and write papers in your chosen field of research in a business school.

Marketing Strategy

This course is a survey of three distinct yet related areas: marketing, innovation and emerging economies. Marketing is the study of the interaction between organisations and markets. Innovation is the study of the commercial exploitation by organisations of new ideas. Emerging economies, such as India and China, are the big economic phenomenon of the contemporary global scene and the theatre in which new opportunities for marketing and innovation are unfolding in real time. This course takes a strategic perspective on these topics, viewing them all from the perspective of the firm and its performance.

Strategic Organisation for Digital Innovation (2017/18)

This course focuses on the foundational theories, central debates and key texts on digital innovation and innovation ecosystems. It provides you with advanced reading and insights on emerging topics related to the process of innovation, leadership and culture for innovation, digital innovation strategies and leveraging business ecosystems. The sessions combine interactive lecture vignettes and intensive seminar-based debates in which key articles and case studies covering developed and developing contexts are presented and discussed. Having completed the course, you'll be equipped to engage in advancing debates in this area through developing your own research in an innovative and critical manner.

Operations Management

This is a seminar-style course to explore research in the area of Operations Management (OM). OM focuses on the effective planning, scheduling, and control of manufacturing and service entities. As such, it is concerned with decisions and execution of processes that enable the firm to compete profitably and deal with rapidly changing environments. Achieving operations excellence is one of the most essential strategies to improve efficiency and to gain competitive advantage. 

This course introduces students to a broad range of foundational concepts, problems, strategies, and analytical methods in the operations function of a firm. Topics include problems and issues confronting operations managers such as optimal timing and sizing of capacity expansion, inventory management, and incentives. The course material also provides exposure to conceptual, analytical and empirical research and informs the students about a suite of methodological options that ought to be considered while building their subsequent research. This course covers a mix of qualitative concepts and quantitative methods such as linear programming and dynamic programming.

Organisational Behaviour

This research seminar helps you understand a variety of cutting-edge themes and topics in organisational behaviour (OB). The overarching question we address is how these aspects relate to individual, group and organisational effectiveness. Specifically, the course covers the following content areas: 

  • Making a theoretical contribution to OB
  • Personality and values
  • Emotion and moods
  • Motivation
  • Interpersonal networks
  • Work groups and teams
  • Leadership
  • Organisational culture and climate

The objectives of this course are to familiarise you with classic and current articles that have shaped the field of organisational behaviour, and to prepare you to develop and conduct organisational behaviour research yourself.

Organisational Research Methods

This course helps you understand a variety of quantitative research methods, as well as their embeddedness within various research designs. Upon completion of the course, you'll have a good understanding of various quantitative methods commonly used in management research, and will have applied this knowledge to your own research project. Specifically, the course covers the following content areas: 

  • Research design
  • Experimental & quasi-experimental design
  • Survey design & analysis
  • Mediation & moderation
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Social network analysis
  • Meta-analysis

The objectives of this course are to increase your understanding of organisational research method and your sensitivity to the practical problems in conducting organisational research, as well as to apply organisational research methods to your own research projects and interests.

Please note that if you're planning on continuing on to a PhD at the School, you will need to choose particular electives. Find out more about our PhD pathways

Please note that the specific content of the programme varies from year to year.