Strategy and the International Environment

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester. 

Module Co-ordinator

Professor George Burt





Credit value


Contact hours

25 hours


 100% coursework


The Strategy & International Environment module aims to develop each individual’s ability to cope with ambiguous, complex, fluxing and dynamic environments. The class is designed to challenge the limitations of typologies, taxonomies and classification schemas which are convenient but essentially reductionist methods to represent such changing environments. The approach will enable ‘incisions’ to be made into fluxing and dynamic environments, to bring moments of coherence and insight about change. The module will challenge individual assumptions, creating space for new ways of thinking about reality, and is grounded in reflexive practitioner pedagogy.

Learning outcomes

BY the end of the module students will:

  • Have developed an understanding and capability to engage confidently with seemingly chaotic environments;
  • Have learnt to appreciate and reflect upon the complexity and dynamics of a fluxing world;
  • Have developed analytical, critical thinking and sensemaking skills;
  • Have developed skills in oral and written communication, time management, and collaborative group-work; and
  • Have considered the limitations of their own cultural values and perspectives on the world, how these shape sensemaking, and how these can be challenged in a constructive manner.




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