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21938 Strategy and Value Drivers

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 8 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject focuses on the development of advanced conceptual and applied skills in value chain and business model analysis, strategic thinking and execution. Learning outcomes from the subject enhance students' abilities to anticipate and respond strategically to rapidly changing business environments. Students acquire a deep understanding of the issues involved in managing value drivers in the context of global value chains, with particular emphasis on formulating and executing strategy. The subject challenges students to understand the complexities of growing a business in the digital age with a particular emphasis on managing services and operations.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate strategic value chain management challenges and the formulation and execution of value generating business strategies
2. Assess the utility of value chain concepts and techniques and make recommendations for their adoption, implementation and adaptation in various organisational contexts and settings
3. Apply advanced strategic thinking concepts, tools and frameworks to complex, real world business problems
4. Analyse contemporary challenges posed by digital disruption and reflect on its relevance to current business models and strategic thinking

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject further develops the strategic thinking capabilities of EMBA students and provides them with the concepts, tools and frameworks through which to understand how value is created and sustained using different business models and strategies. The subject focuses on real world cases in different industry settings and how the case companies have created and sustained competitive advantage. Students will also apply insights from the subject to their own workplaces. The conceptual frameworks embedded in this subject provide a perspective that is central to the development of higher level analytical thinking for EMBA students.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be conceptually challenging and interactive with a focus on applied learning outcomes for students. Cases, contemporary examples of best practice, analysis of real organisations and peer-to-peer review and evaluation will form the centerpiece of interactive teaching methods. Online resources will be used to complement and support the learning outcomes.

Content (topics)

  • Building Business Models
  • Managing Business Models
  • Developing Business Propositions
  • Constructing Business Plans
  • Strategy, ROI and Execution
  • Organic vs Acquired growth. Mergers, takeovers and acquisitions
  • Intrapreneurship and Corporate Innovation
  • Strategy in a Digital Age


Assessment task 1: Business Model Effectiveness (Group)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 2

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Practical Business Analysis (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 3 and 4

Weight: 35%

Assessment task 3: Case Study Analysis (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 3 and 4

Weight: 35%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

Walters, D, & Rainbird, M. (2016) Creating Value: A Practical Guide for Boards and Directors, Australian Institute of Company Directors


  1. Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Regnér, P., Scholes, K. and Angwin, D. (2017) Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases, 11th Ed., Pearson, United Kingdom. ISBN: 9781292145129
  2. Further references as advised by lecturers via UTS Online