Assessment – Section A: Strategic Practice; “Systems thinking essentially seeks to understand phenomena as a whole formed by the interaction of parts.” (Stacey, 2011). Critically assess the above statement in relation to changing ideas of strategic thinking
The assessment for this element of the module is an essay-based piece of coursework
worth 50% of the overall module grade.
A strong essay must use the key themes addressed in the first part of the module to
develop the analysis, namely:
Introducing Strategy and Systems
Systems Thinking; Hard and Soft approaches
Complex Adaptive Systems; The Human aspect explored further
Strategic Thinking in Practice
Organizational examples from the tutorial sessions should be used to illustrate the themes
covered in the essay. However, the essay is not a case study; it is a discussion of relevant
Remember that a critical study aims to provide a balanced analysis of differing
perspectives, and points of view, before drawing the argument to a coherent conclusion
Required: A word processed essay with referencing to literature. The essay will be
3,000 (+/- 10%) words (inclusive of appendices, NOT inclusive of references).
In order to complete this activity, you need to undertake three principal tasks:
(1) Utilize academic research using literature from journals, books, etc.
(2) Undertake a critical evaluation making effective use of evidence and sources
(3) Present findings in an appropriate format (ensure that Harvard referencing is used)
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