Details for Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinkers constantly remind themselves and their team of the purpose of their organisation and ask in the light of this purpose: Where are we now (are we making a difference), where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? In ‘Strategic Thinking and Planning’ we unpack these questions and look at what the Bible as well as contemporary management texts offer to help us in our quest to turn our visions into reality and make a difference.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: LEA530
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Strategic Thinking

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of organisational purpose and vision.
  2. Show an advanced ability to complete a comprehensive situational analysis that assists an organisation to formulate its key strategic challenges.
  3. Identify key factors in design innovation and change.
  4. Identify key skills required in managing organisational change.
  5. Compare and contrast  analytical, creative and design thinking (and what to apply when).
  6. Discuss the limitations of planning.

Assessment Methods

  • Analytical Report 
  • Strategic Plan 
  • Exam

Prescribed Text

Hubbard, G., Rice, J., & Galvin P. (2019). Strategic Management. 6th Edition. Pearson.

Representative References

Brown, Tim, “Design Thinking”, Harvard Business Review (June 2008): 84-96.

Bryson, John. M. Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Fourth Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Caldwell, K., Kallestad, W., and Sorensen, P. Entrepreneurial Faith: Launching Bold Initiatives to Expand God's Kingdom. Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press. 2004.

Grant, Adam, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, Viking Adult 2013.

Harrison, Jeffrey S. Foundations in Strategic Management, Fifth Edition. South Melbourne VIC: South-Western Cengage Laerning, 2009.

Kaplan, Robert S. and David P. Norton, Operations for Competitive Advantage. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2008.

Kim, W. Chan and Renee Mauborgne, Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2005.

Malphurs, Aubrey, Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2013.

Millett, Stephen M. “Managers as Visionaries: A Skill that can be Learned”, Strategy and Leadership, 39, 5 (2011): 56-58.

Ojiako, Udechukwu, “Examining Thematic Elements in Strategic Business Risk”, Management Research Review, 35, 2 (2012): 90-105.

Rainey, David L. Enterprise-Wide Strategic Management: Achieving Sustainable Success through Leadership, Strategies and Value Creation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Reed, Peter, Strategic Marketing: Decision Making and Planning. South Melbourne VIC: Cengage Learning, 2010.

Reeves, Martin and Claire Love, “Your Strategy Needs a Strategy”, Harvard Business Review, 90, 9 (2012): 76-83.

Thompson, Arthur A., Margaret Peteraf, John Gamble and A.J. Strickland III, Crafting and Executing Strategy – The Quest for Competitive Advantage: Concepts and Cases. London: McGraw-Hill, 2011.

Wheeler, S., McFarland, W. and Kleiner, A., “A Blueprint for Strategic Leadership”, Strategy and Business Magazine, 49 (Winter 2007).