To develop knowledge and understanding of the key academic concepts in strategic management in relation to the defence environment.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,050

What you will learn

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Appraise the key academic theories involved in strategic management
  • Critically evaluate the potential relevance of these theories in a defence context. 


  • Critically analyse commercial situations to determine the relevance of particular theories
  • Generate and evaluate debate on the relevance of leadership theories to the defence context
  • Develop academically grounded arguments to support a particular stance.

Core content

History and key thinkers in the development of management theory eg Fayol, Taylor, Ford, Drucker, Dempsey, Porter and Mintzberg 
Strategic management and the defence environment
Strategy and strategy process: analysis, options, and implementation 
MOD Strategic Planning Process
Introduction to Strategic Financial Management of Defence 
Identifying linkage between leadership and strategic management.


By the end of this course you will be able to:
1. appraise key academic theories in strategic management and their relevance in a defence context
2. describe strategy and strategy process.
3. critically analyse commercial situations to determine the relevance of particular theories
4. develop academically grounded arguments to support a particular stance 



Who should attend

There are no prerequisites required for this course.


Dr Ifti Zaidi
The Course leader is supported by a range of guest lecturers who are leading thinkers or practitioners in their fields.

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

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