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BCS - Strategic Management as a major

Get the up-to-date industry skills you need to become a Public Relations, Marketing or Communications specialist. This degree will teach you how to satisfy customer needs, influence people’s attitudes and behaviour, and drive strategic change within organisations.

Strategic Management enables you to discern a company's potential, find new market opportunities, and develop a clear plan to achieve growth and success.

Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $27,165 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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Career opportunities

  • Managing director / CEO
  • Management consultant
  • Business development manager
  • Business analyst / consultant
  • Business manager
  • General manager
  • New venture consultant

Strategic Management is concerned with maximising an organisation's competitive advantage. The Strategic Management approach is to take a top management view of the organisation which is deemed crucial in creating futures for the firm.

Strategic Management is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours. Strategic Management may also be included as a second major or as a minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Strategic Management as a single major for the BBus and BMS(Hons) students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Strategic Management, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete STMGT101; one of ACCTN101, DIGIB101, ECONS101, FINAN101, LCOMM101, LCOMM102, either MGSYS101 or MGSYS201, MRKTG101; STMGT200; STMGT201; STMGT301; STMGT302; one of ENTIN201, STMGT202 or STMGT304; and 30 points from ENTIN303, STMGT303 and STMGT305. BBus students may count one of MNMGT495, MNMGT496 or MNMGT499 in place of 15 points from the 30 point option list.

To complete Strategic Management as part of a double major for the BBus(Hons) and BMS(Hons) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Strategic Management, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete STMGT101; or one of ACCTN101, ECONS101, FINAN101, either MGSYS101 or MGSYS201, MRKTG101 if STMGT101 has already been included as part of another major; one of ACCT101, DIGIB101, ECONS101, FINAN101, LCOMM101, LCOMM102, either MGSYS101 or MGSYS201, MRKTG101; STMGT200; STMGT201; STMGT301; STMGT302; one of ENTIN201, STMGT202 or STMGT304; and 15 points from ENTIN303, STMGT303 and STMGT305.

To complete a minor in Strategic Management, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Strategic Management major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, and including STMGT101.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENTIN101The Entrepreneur18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Discover what it takes to become a successful and socially responsible entrepreneur, how new ideas can be developed into new ventures, and how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set.
STMGT101Introduction to Management18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENTIN201Business Model Innovation18B (Hamilton)
Business model innovation provides companies with significant growth options and may disrupt the market. Develop skills to evaluate business models, identify disruptive innovations and analyse business plans.
STMGT200Strategy in the Global Environment18B (Hamilton)
The global environment provides opportunities and challenges for all organisations. Develop the skills to analyse global megatrends, identify industry and sector trends, and evaluate strategies of multinationals and small firms.
STMGT201Strategies for Enterprise18A (Hamilton)
Explores growth strategies for enterprises including their formulation and execution, and also features the particular challenges for family businesses - which are the most common form of enterprise in the world.
STMGT202The Entrepreneur18A (Hamilton)
Discover what it takes to become a successful and socially responsible entrepreneur, how to develop new ideas into business ventures, and how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMG343Business Research MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG374Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
INMG311The International Business EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
INMG317Doing Business InternationallyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MSYS319Industry Experience 218C (Online)
This paper requires a period of four to thirteen weeks work experience in an appropriate and approved host organisation with relevance to the student's degree and major. Investigation of three research topics supports the academic component of the paper.
STMG316New Venture Creation18B (Hamilton)
This paper completes the BEntre and is an action-based research project where the students put their learning from the degree into action and develop a new venture. The paper ends with a Showcase type competition, with the winning students having access to mentoring and some funding to assist in the development of the venture.
STMG321Entrepreneurial Opportunity18A (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper provides an overview of the entrepreneurial opportunity recognition/evaluation process by examining how people, the industry, and the social environment interact as an individual identifies or creates and shapes entrepreneurial and organisational opportunities. Entrepreneurial strategies for information gathering and ana...
STMG324Entrepreneurship and Innovation18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide students with an appropriate level of practical and theoretical tools required to develop and operate an entrepreneurial business.
STMG325Self Actualising Leadership18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper explores self-actualising leadership. Students will be involved in aligning their inner and outer worlds in a journey of discovering what energises and guides their purpose.
STMG344Strategies for People, Planet and ProfitThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
STMG346Managing Innovation18B (Hamilton)
It is commonly acknowledged that innovation has become widely recognised as key to competitive success. In this paper students will explore how innovation is a core business process that requires careful management. It draws attention to emerging issues such as networks of suppliers, customers and others external to the firm to sti...
STMG385Strategy for Enterprise18A (Hamilton)
This course focuses on growth strategies for emerging enterprises and the particular challenges of family businesses.
STMG388Strategic Alliances and Networks18A (Online)
This paper focuses on identifying the key structures and processes required for the successful management and evolution of these co-operative modes of business.
STMG391Strategic Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga) & 18B (Hamilton)
A study of decision making and policy formulation in a business environment.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMG444Organisational Development and ChangeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG445Career Management and Development18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores career within the competitive and dynamic environment of today's organisations. The paper aims to enhance students' ability to analyse the latest research about careers and to recognise the implications both for their own career management and for the design of organisational career paths. Topics include analysi...
HRMG474Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
INMG412International Business Strategy18A (Online) & 18B (Online)
This paper examines the field of international business strategy, with particular reference to the strategies of New Zealand firms operating internationally. This paper involves students in multiple lines of investigation of viable strategy setting and implementation in the face of the significant constraints that impact on New Zea...
STMG424Entrepreneurship and Innovation18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper will blend the academic tools required to develop and operate an entrepreneurial business, with the practical approach to make such a business financially successful and personally rewarding.
STMG425Self-Actualising Leadership18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper allows students the opportunity to explore inspiration, passion and purpose in organisations.
STMG446Managing Innovation18B (Hamilton)
It is commonly acknowledged that innovation has become widely recognized as key to competitive success. In this paper, students will explore how innovation is a core business process that requires careful management. It draws attention to emerging issues such as networks of suppliers, customers and others external to the firm to st...
STMG488Strategic Alliances and Networks18A (Online)
This paper examines the strategic implications of managing in a networked world.
STMG490Directed Study18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Online)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson of Department.
STMG495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
STMG499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.

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Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies subject major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, of which 40 points must be at 400-level. You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must include at least 80 points (four papers) in STMG coded papers, or at least 60 points (three papers) if you are taking the International Management specialisation for this major.

If Strategic Management is your second major, then you can count MNGT221 as a major paper for this subject.

It is also possible to include a specialisation in International Management for your Strategic Management major.

To complete the requirements for this Specialisation you must include:

  • INMG311 The International Business Environment
  • INMG412 International Business Strategy

And choose 20 points from:

  • ECON306 / 406 International Trade and Finance
  • FINA417 International Corporate Finance
  • INMG317 Doing Business Internationally
  • MCOM376 / 476 Communicating Across Cultures
  • MKTG353 / 453 International Marketing
  • POLS314 European Integration

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, Strategic Management

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies subject major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area. You must include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, which includes at least 40 points at 400-level or above and at least 30 points at 500-level. You must also meet the specific requirements for any subject.

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must include at least 80 points in STMG coded papers, or at least 60 points if you are taking the International Management specialisation for this major.

If you are taking two majors you can count either the compulsory 599 or MNGT596 towards your WMS major papers provided it is approved as relevant to that major and you have included a further 30 points at 500-level in that major.

Don't forget, you must pass 120 points at 500-level for the qualification, and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. If you have only selected 30 points at 500-level for your major, then a further 90 points at 500-level is required to meet this degree regulation.

It is also possible to include a Specialisation in International Management for your Strategic Management major.

To complete the requirements for this Specialisation you must include:

  • INMG311 The International Business Environment
  • INMG412 International Business Strategy

And choose 20 points from:

  • ECON306 / 406 International Trade and Finance
  • FINA417 International Corporate Finance
  • INMG317 Doing Business Internationally
  • MCOM376 / 476 Communicating Across Cultures
  • MKTG353 / 453 International Marketing
  • POLS314 European Integration

Bachelor of Electronic Commerce (BECom)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce subject major, you'll need to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must include:

  • STMG222 Net Ready: Navigating the Competitive Landscape
  • STMG324 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MSYS319 Industry Experience 2 (see notes below)

And choose 60 points from:

  • STMG285 / 385 Strategy for Enterprise
  • INMG311 The International Business Environment
  • INMG317 Doing Business Internationally
  • STMG330 / 430 Management, Technology and Organisation
  • STMG346 / 446 Managing Innovation
  • STMG388 Strategic Alliances and Networks
  • SCEN301 Engaging with Social Enterprise and Community
  • HRMG444 Organisational Development and Change

Please note: If you are taking Strategic Management as a second major for the Bachelor of Electronic Commerce then the paper MSYS319 may be replaced with an additional paper from the list of elective papers.

Strategic Management as a second major

Even if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree that doesn't list Strategic Management as a major subject, you can still take it as a second major. In these circumstances you are required to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You'll need to also include:

  • STMG391 Strategic Management
  • At least 80 points in STMG coded papers

Graduate Certificate (GradCert)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management, you'll need to pass 60 points at 100-level or above and include at least 40 points at 300-level or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject area. You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must include at least 40 points in STMG coded papers.

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma (GradDip)

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management, you'll need to pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module. You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 40 points from other Graduate Diploma subjects with the permission of the Department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must include:

  • STMG391 Strategic Management
  • At least 80 points in STMG coded papers

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate, you'll need to pass 60 points at 500-level from one subject area and meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss

Please note: If you fail a paper then you may repeat it once. If you fail more than one paper, or you fail the same paper twice, then you will not be permitted to proceed with the certificate. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management, you'll need to pass 120 points at 500-level and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details). You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 30 points from other graduate subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and include at least 60 points in STMG coded papers.

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the diploma. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS)

The completion requirements for the MMS are dependent upon your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details. However all students must:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject

The specific requirements for Strategic Management are that you must include (unless passed previously):

  • STMG512 Strategic Innovation, or
  • STMG555 Foundations of Strategy and Organisation

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Department's Graduate Convenor.

Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook 2017

Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Strategic Management subject convenors:

Professor Delwyn ClarkProfessor in Strategic Management
Email: dnclark@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Paresha Sinha
Senior lecturer in Strategic Management
Email: psinha@waikato.ac.nz