The course is intended to provide you with insights as to why it is difficult to develop strategy without applying rigour to the strategic analysis process and how it is easy to slip into a complacent and superficial approach to producing documents that are proclaimed as being strategic when they are more appropriately defined as tactical. Links are made to the nature of strategic thinking and critical analysis, and then positioned against the challenges of delivering the strategy. Read more Read less

An opportunity to consider, discuss and analyse the key issues and challenges in developing supply networks for effective performance. These include relationships, value chain analysis, policy and practice in defence acquisition.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750

Course structure

Lectures, syndicate work, case analysis. NOTE: As the first module of the Defence Acquisition Management (DAM) MSc most of the Friday is devoted to Library, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and essay writing activities which may or may not be of interest to a short course student in which case the module is effectively a 4 day course.

What you will learn

Getting your strategy right is a fundamental requirement for any organisation otherwise one is constantly fighting a losing battle in terms of delivering improved performance.

Core content

  • Introducing strategy and the strategy process
  • Strategy development in a public sector setting
  • The strategy process in the MOD
  • The environment and its implications for strategy in the private/public sectors
  • Analytical tools and techniques in strategy formulation
  • Understanding the organisational competencies and capabilities and the specific case of acquisition within the MOD
  • The role of stakeholders and stakeholder mapping in a public and private sector setting
  • The significance of organisational structure on strategic thinking and direction.

Introduction to Acquisition:

  • Acquisition within a through-life and capability management context
  • Key acquisition processes and underpinning skill, information and organisational structures
  • Comparison with other national acquisition approaches
  • Collaborative defence acquisition
  • Socio-economic and security context
  • Trends in the global defence industry.

Who should attend

Serving Military or Government employees at mid career (or above) levels.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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