This 2-day course assists in developing skills to thinking and acting strategically from an executive and/or board perspective.  It is designed to enable a shift in mindset from an operational focus on ‘getting things done’ to a helicopter view of whether the organisation is ‘doing the right things’.  Practices, tools and templates are provided to build strategies and actions that are externally aligned to an organisation’s challenges whilst being internally aligned with sufficient resources, capabilities and cultures.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business and management education. This double accreditation demonstrates achievement of the highest international standards across teaching and learning, research, and stakeholder engagement, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement into the future.

Business schools that earn these accreditations must undergo a rigorous review process undertaken by peers in the business education community and industry, to ensure they have the resources, credentials and dedication to deliver first-rate programs, knowledge creation and positive impact on business and society.

These standards support UniSA Business to deliver on its mission, to innovate and engage, and to lead the business education community worldwide.

Program Benefits

This is a contemporary course that clearly articulates a vision of what world class strategic management professionalism looks like and a typical evolution in organisational maturity. The vision is based on best available global research evidence into the proven characteristics of high performing organisations.  For example, what is proven to work to adapt rapidly to change and for sustaining long term success, enabling participants to tailor an approach to each organisations maturity in capability, environment and situation. 

Benefits for individuals and organisations include the following;

Individual benefits:

The aim is to help develop sound key professional judgments, measured against an attainment scale:

  • business models defining what the organisation should be focusing on
  • trends, developments, scenarios in an organisation’s environment using external analysis tools
  • strategies, actions for alignment internally and externally, pursuing opportunities, mitigate threats and address gaps
  • key performance indicators both quantitative and qualitative for an optimum balance between short term results and long-term value creation



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Organisational benefits:

The aim is that participants will identify gaps and recommend improvements in their organisations strategic management system to better adapt rapidly to change:

  • environmental analysis to anticipate all key challenges, opportunities and threats
  • performance analysis- financial and non-financial based on objective analysis of strengths and weaknesses
  • developing strategies, products and services to address challenges and performance gaps
  • strategy execution - building and aligning capability, cultures and resources aligned to challenges
  • strategy achievement -plans budgets and KPI’s to take action in anticipation of rather than in reaction
  • strategic leadership – providing purpose and vision to inspire change and strategy achievement

The course will be tailored to focus on shareholder value for superior dividend, share price growth (private sector) and/or public value for superior economic prosperity and community well-being (if public/community services sectors).


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Key Information

Dates Delivery Location Cost (ex. GST) Who this is suited to

2 full days 9:00am - 4:30pm

5 - 6 August 2024


UniSA Business
City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide

Discounts available for group bookings.

Mid-level and senior business leaders and executives from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

What you can expect

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Key Concepts in Thinking Strategically
  • Tools and Frameworks in Strategy Analysis
  • Strategy implementation
  • Business strategy formulation

Content presented over 2-days will include:

  • Strategic Thinking, Management, Innovation and Implementation
  • Strategic versus Tactical Management
  • The Strategy Process across different of the levels of the organisations
  • Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage
  • Business Models for Strategic Positioning
  • External & Internal Environmental Analysis
  • Organisational Performance Analysis
  • Idea, Invention, Innovation and Imitation

Optional Assessment

Satisfactory completion of optional assessment provides one credit into the Leadership Development Program programs, subject to entry criteria.


This course is fully catered, including morning tea and lunch.

Learn from the experts

Dr. David White

Dr White is a High-Performance Specialist and a Consultant for over 20-years. He brings diverse extensive experience gained in the public, not for profit and private sectors in a variety of roles including corporate services manager, executive development program manager, governance adviser and change consultant.

David conducted doctoral research into high performing organisations for over ten years including facilitating over 100 self-assessment workshops in Australia, Middle East and New Zealand with boards, executives, human resource, finance specialists and internal auditors.  He holds a PhD in the Governance of High Performing Organisations.

Using 300 studies globally that were collected over the last 30 years, Dr White has developed professional standards and development programs for board directors and managers as part of certifications and qualifications based on what is proven to create high performance. David was responsible for implementing an Advanced Leadership Program for South Australian public sector executives to develop their readiness for chief executive roles. The Advanced Leadership Program was a four-month series of collaborative development activities involving twelve executives each from the South Australian and Texas public sectors.

Dr White has an MBA from the University of South Australia and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course.

Dr. David White

Cancellation Policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.  


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