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Strategy: From Principles to Practice

This experiential strategy program is targeted at leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who want to enhance their strategic thinking skills and business problem solving abilities.

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Overview

The program captures the latest thinking from strategic management theory, delivers hands-on experience of the strategy consulting toolkit and adapts tried and tested strategic frameworks to contemporary and turbulent business conditions.

This interactive and practical program allows participants to gain exposure to multiple strategy frameworks and to structured problem-solving in order to develop a range of skills critical to planning for the future. Modern business case histories from diverse industries are used to illustrate and develop critical thinking and facilitate the strategy development process. Strategies to foster and create innovative business models are illustrated – with participants gaining experience of how businesses and industries may change in future.

Who will benefit

This program is designed for any person who wants to develop their strategic thinking, planning and doing competencies. It is particularly appropriate for managers who have or are moving into a position of strategic responsibility. The program is applicable to developing strategy within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Content

  • What is strategy and does it matter?
  • The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of strategy
  • Business model innovation for turbulent times
  • Structured problem-solving as a key strategy tool
  • Strategy frameworks and principles
  • Strategy business cases
  • Strategy in action.

About the Facilitator

Professor Allan Trench

Professor Allan Trench is a former strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company engaged in strategy assignments across multiple industry sectors, the author of 10 books and over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications. He is a past member of the Woodside strategy team and has held a number of senior positions in the mining industry, including with WMC Limited (since acquired by BHP Billiton). 

Allan has over 25 years’ combined industry and academic experience and has served as a director of a number of emerging ASX-listed resources companies since 2003. Allan has held academic positions in geophysics (Oxford University) and in Mineral Economics (Curtin University). He is currently MBA Director and Professor in the Practice of Management at UWA Business School. He holds four degrees including a doctorate in geophysics (Glasgow University) and an MBA (Distinction) from Oxford University.


John Sykes

John Sykes is a Strategist for MinEx Consulting and Founder-Director of Greenfields Research, both of which specialise in economic and strategic consultancy to the mining and exploration sector. John co-teaches the ‘Strategic Management’ and ‘Strategic Management of Resource Companies’ courses on the UWA MBA programme, and contributes to the ‘Strategic Analysis and Consulting’ unit. John is also completing a multidisciplinary doctorate at UWA that applies scenario planning techniques to the future of mining and exploration. As part of this research, John is trained in the ‘Oxford Scenario Planning Approach’.

John has also co-authored or co-edited several books on the mining sector and business strategy, and co-authors a weekly column on mining strategy. He has published numerous technical and academic papers on mineral sector strategy and economics, including several award winning papers, and presented at many industry conferences on these subjects. John is also a geologist with Masters degrees in Geology and Geophysical Hazards from Imperial College London and University College London, respectively. John is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA.

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