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AFF5200 - Issues in competitive advantage I

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Evening)


In examining a range of concepts about the nature of competition, competitive advantage and competitive strategy; the unit is intended to provide a theoretical framework for the study of specific, current issues in competitive advantage which form the basis of the second subject in this area, AFF5401 (Issues in competitive advantage II).


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • understand the role of competitive advantage and how this relates to the development of an organisation's strategic positioning and strategy
  • recognise the need for concern with the concepts of competitive advantage in an increasingly challenging and changing business environment
  • identify the many areas of the market and firm's activities from which a competitive advantage may originate
  • appreciate that in a dynamic business environment, the factors which confer a positive advantage may change quickly
  • examine a range of current issues which are seen as relevant to winning and maintaining a competitive advantage.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

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