Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences (OUAS) offers a range of free courses for the autumn semester 2021. The guiding principle of the selected courses is the readiness for change, as competence is the force enabling change. Our world needs professionals, who master sustainability skills required in working life and society, as well as those, who are able to promote developmental adjustments.

This course belongs to the selection of autumn semester courses, available free of charge. Welcome to study at OUAS!

Time: 9 September – 30 November 2021
Place: Xamk Learn – digital learning environment
Extent: 5 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 200
Target group: All that are interested in the topic
Required previous skills: None
Lecturer: Mrs Maria Kangasniemi-Haapala


Credited in degree: All Bachelor level degrees at Xamk
Enrolment by: 16 August 2021
Price: Free of charge

Please notice, that
! Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Open UAS courses !

Learning outcomes:
Strategic management is the ongoing planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment of all that is necessary for a company or an organization to meet its goals and objectives. Changes in the business environment require companies or organizations to constantly assess their strategies for success and successfull competitiveness.

• Student knows basic information about mission, vision, values and strategy.
• Student knows basic elements about strategic thinking.
• Student can analyze companies' and organisations' strategy.

Contents and methods:
•The basic concepts of strategic management.
• Mission statement, values and vision.
• Defining strategic objectives, policies and action plans.
• Processes and measurement of process efficiency.
• Strategic thinking.

Assignment, peer review and tests.

Student's workload is approximately 130 hours.

Study material:
Course book is available on e-learning platform: Exploring strategy – Gerry Johnson & al.
Other material gathered by the lecturer.

Assessment scale:

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
Cancellation has to be made 14 days before the course starts. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

You'll receive an invitation by email to this course approx. one week before the course starts.