Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The aim of the course is to learn to conceptualise complex business, management and organisational phenomena. The books give an overview of strategy making and renewal in the corporate context, with an emphasis on the competence and knowledge based approaches.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 13.09.2020 - 16.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma

Contact information for the course (valid 10.08.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The books expose the reader to the dynamics of strategic change in modern corporations and in industrial force fields. The first book in the list sketches the nature of the paradigm change from the closed to open innovation thinking and acting. The second book takes up the issue of disruption in a competitive arena and elaborates ways in which companies craft strategies to accomplish growth and innovation. The third book articulates the fundamentals of strategy through in-depth case illustrations.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course is a book exam. The book exam consists only of self‐preparation and there are no scheduled lectures or exercises.

    The exam time is 5.10.2020 at 16:00-20:00 (local time in Helsinki) and the exam will be carried out as an open-book exam where you are asked to interpret
    and apply the information in the readings rather than only reproducing the text in the books.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exam according to the exam schedule (kuulustelujärjestys). Passing of each book required. Notes or books are not allowed in the exam. You may answer the essay questions either in English or in Finnish.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    156h preparation for the exam
    4h the exam


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Compulsory books:

    Chesbrough, Henry W. (2003) Open innovation the new imperative for creating and profiting from technology. ISBN 1578518377;

    Christensen, Clayton M. et al. (2003) The Innovator s Solution. ISBN 1-57851-852-0;

    Rumelt, Richard (2011) Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters. ISBN 978-0-307-88623-1

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Via WebOodi one week in advance.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Please, see the course page in the MyCourses for additional information for the course.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure