MAN601: Strategic Thinking and Researches Course Syllabus

Learn about strategic management from an academic perspective

Course Info

Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University - Business School

Course Name Code Classroom Day Time Year Semester ECTS
Strategic Thinking and Researches MAN 601 B220 Wednesday 13:00-15:00 2023 - 2024 Fall 10

Contact Info


Prof.Dr. Hasan Engin Şener

Office: Yıldırım Beyazıt University, School of Management, Esenboğa Central Campus, Room: B276, Ankara

Tel: (00-90-312) 906 16 33



Goals and Objectives
The goal of this course is to introduce strategic management as a research area. In this course, the historical development of strategic management thinking and research will be explained, strategic phenomena will be defined, the relationship between general management and strategic management will be examined, and the classification of strategic management theories and research will be discussed.
  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the concept of strategy, including its definition, components, and importance in organizational decision-making and long-term success.
  2. Explore the evolution of strategic management as a field of study, examining its historical development, key contributors, and significant milestones that have shaped its current theories and practices.
  3. Develop an appreciation for the scientific foundations and theoretical frameworks that underpin strategic management research, including different schools of thought and perspectives in the field.
  4. Identify and critically analyze the problem areas and challenges in strategic management research, including emerging issues, debates, and unresolved questions that drive further inquiry and exploration.
  5. Examine strategic phenomena, such as competitive advantage, industry dynamics, and strategic decision-making processes, in order to understand their implications for organizational success and performance.
  6. Understand the core assumptions and principles of strategic management, including the role of strategic thinking, the alignment of organizational goals with strategic objectives, and the integration of strategy into general management practices.
  7. Investigate the classification of strategies, including different types, approaches, and frameworks for formulating and implementing strategic initiatives in diverse organizational contexts.
  8. Explore the application of strategic management principles and practices in the public sector, considering the unique challenges, opportunities, and dynamics that shape strategic decision-making in public organizations.


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Homework Format

  1. Only the following format is accepted: word format for homework
  2. The annotation should have a title.
  3. The manuscript should be a maximum of one page long.
  4. The font size should be 12-point.
  5. The font should be Times New Roman.
  6. The manuscript should be single spaced.
  7. All margins should be 2.5 cm wide.
  8. A cover page is not allowed.
  9. Citations/Quotations (Turnitin similarity index) cannot be more than 20%.
  10. All manuscripts should be submitted on time.

1st Week: Introduction

Basic topics to be covered: The Concept of Strategy, Evolution of Strategic Management, Science and Theory, The Problem Area of Strategic Management Research Area, Strategic Phenomenon, Core Assumptions of Strategic management, Strategic Management & General Management, Classification of Strategies, Strategic Management in Public Context

2nd Week: The Strategy Concept

3rd & 4th Week: The Field of Strategic Management

5th, 6th & 7th Week: Content vs. Process?

The Planning School: Strategy Formation as a Formal Process

The Learning School: Strategy Formation as an Emergent Process

Positioning School

Resource-based view

8. Some Other Classifications

9. Strategic Management in Public Context

10. Strategic Management in Turkey

11. Future of Strategic Management

12-14. Student Presentations