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CS30A1684SS Advanced Course in Strategic Management, 3 cr 
Code CS30A1684SS  Validity 01.06.2014 - 31.07.2019
Name Advanced Course in Strategic Management  Abbreviation Advanced Course 
Credits3 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesYes
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Engineering Science 

Samuli Kortelainen 

Description by Study Guide

LUT students: the student who has completed the course CS30A1682 Advanced Course in Strategic Management can not include this course into the LUT degree.

Check course schedule from - winter/ summer school.


M.Sc. 1-2

LUT Summer School time 


Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Post-Doctoral Researcher Samuli Kortelainen, LUT


Learning outcomes.

Strategic management literature is a widely research topic, that has led to a wide and many times confusing and even contradictory litera-ture. In order to fully understand the current state of literature, the lens needs to be first turned to the history of different strategic schools. Therefore, the course starts from the roots of strategy man-agement and then builds a comprehensive view to the current status of strategic management literature.

After the successful completion of course the student has:

  • Comprehensive picture of the current state of strategic man-agement theory and understanding reasoning behind different strategic management theories
  • Understanding on the limitations and restrictions in current strategic management theory and their practical implications
  • Holistic view to current new themes linking strategic man-agement theories to other industrial management disciplines

Main schools of strategic management
The course begins on looking at the development history of main strategic management schools, where the goal is to identify similari-ties and differences between different literature streams.

The challenges and criticism of current strategic management theories
Although strategic management theories are widely applied, they are also subjected to wide range of criticism. The second part of lectures focuses on these critical aspects of strategic management.

Current development paths of strategic management theory
Third part focuses on the various detailed development steps in stra-tegic management literature to counter or point critical points in origi-nal theories.

Linking strategic management to other management theories
There are multiple different management literature streams (e.g. marketing, supply-chain, and innovation) that also tackle strategic issues. The fourth part of lectures focuses on bridging these man-agement theories.

New entries to strategic management discussion
The final part of lecture series focuses on raising themes in strategic management such as multi-sided markets, business models, and data analytics.

Teaching Methods 

Lectures 16 hours
In-class room exercises 10 hours
Essay summarizing critical strategic management articles, workload 24 hours
Preparing for the exam 16 hours; final exam executed on the final day of the course 12 hours

Total workload 78 hours

Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Final grade 0 – 5:

Exam 60%
Essay 40%

Course Materials 

Course slides and selected articles to be announced in the class.


- Successfully completed Bachelor or higher level studies in Industrial Management
- Good understanding on basic strategic management concepts
- Basic knowledge on other management topics (marketing, innovation management)


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