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Scenario Planning and the art of Strategic Conversation

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Description

Scenario Planning and the Art of Strategic Conversation is a highly experiential five-day workshop focussing on the skills of effective scenario planning.

Scenario planning is a powerful approach used to explore volatility, uncertainty, complexity and develop plausible futures that map out such issues. Scenarios, in combination with the organisation's business idea, facilitates a strategic conversation that helps to determine a course of action and assists in resource allocation in complex and rapidly changing environments.

The program is explored in the context of real organisational problems. Participants work in groups, focusing on a particular organisation of their choice. Through the implementation of scenario planning tools participants develop a number of scenarios that explore the key concerns in the scenario agenda.Implications for the organisation are drawn out and considered in the context of strategic change. The process results in new insights about potential strategic risks for the organisation.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program participants will:

  • Become aware of practical approaches to strategy in situations of uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Be able to explore and analyse the contextual environment through the development of a ‘set’ of scenarios
  • Establish the characteristics of success for an organisation, that is, its ‘Business Idea’
  • Consider issues involved in organisational perception and learning, as well as issues that limit learning
  • Develop awareness of intervention possibilities
  • Consider the relationship between scenario planning and strategy
  • Initiate a scenario based planning exercise in a practical setting.

Alignment with UWA's MBA Flexible Program

This course aligns with UWA’s flexible MBA program, with an optional assessable component in this course. Participants who qualify to access this articulation pathway, and who successfully complete the course and pass the assessments, will receive credit (to the value of one optional unit) towards their UWA MBA Flexible degree.

Who should attend

The program is designed for public and private sector practitioners who are involved in the development of policy and strategy. In particular, those who are concerned about the strategic future of their organisation will benefit greatly from the scenario planning approach.

Experts

Professor George Burt is Deputy Head of School, Director of the Centre for Advanced Management Education, and Director of the Stilring MBA at the University of Stilring Management School. He moved to the University of Stirling Management School from Universty of Strathclyde Business School. Over...

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