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IR3210   Technology and Strategy

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Monday 2pm - 3pm

What is the relationship between Strategy and Technology? How does technological change affect strategy? Can countries pursue specific technologies to execute their strategies? And does technological change affect countries' strategies? In an age dominated by rapid and unprecedentedly deep technological change, when great powers compete also on new technologies, understanding the connection between strategy and technology is critical. Building on the literature in strategic studies, management and history, the module aims to provide students with the knowledge and the analytical skills to better understand these issues.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture x11 weeks 1 tutorial x10 weeks

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Guided independent study hours: 268

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework - 100%

Re-assessment: Written examination - 100%


Module coordinator: Dr A Gilli
Module teaching staff: Dr Andrea Gilli

Intended learning outcomes

  • understand how technology changes and evolves in the civilian and commercial world, its direct and indirect consequences and thus its strategic implications.
  • analyse changes in the technological and strategic context, derive the implications for strategic competition, and formulate, assess and execute strategic plans exploiting or responding to technology and technological change.
  • work effectively in small groups.
  • produce cogent, clear, and analytical arguments that are supported by relevant evidence, both in oral presentations and in written assignments.
  • engage effectively and critically in classroom discussions and activities, thereby honing their communication and listening skills.