MGF5360 - Strategic management in the public sector - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Dr Linda McGuire

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (On-campus block of classes)
  • First semester 2017 (Off-campus)


This unit focuses on the practical application of strategic management concepts, theories and analytical techniques in the public sector. Public value, public accountability and public policy processes are fundamental differences that have practical implications for strategic management. Learning is structured around cases. The emphasis is on understanding the nature and complexity of strategy problems, the role of strategic analysis, and the application of frameworks and techniques to identify issues and evaluate options.


Our students will be able to:

  1. identify and analyse the factors that influence strategy in public sector contexts
  2. select and apply appropriate frameworks and analytical techniques for strategic analysis in public sector contexts
  3. research and evaluate evidence for strategic analysis in public sector contexts
  4. evaluate strategic issues in a case and design appropriate recommendations for action.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Successful completion of 36 credit points or seek Chief Examiner's approval before undertaking this unit.


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses: 0028, 0105, 0200, 0201, 0319, 1065, 1506, 1822, 2099, 2642, 2643, 2778, 3801, B6006, B6007, B6009 or B6012