Effective and sought-after managers and leaders know how to apply strategic thinking and action to elevate their organisations sustained and long term success. 

This course will develop your ability to think from an executive perspective and enable a shift in mindset from an operational focus to a strategic focus.

You will learn about the proven characteristics of high performing organisations, and what considerations are important for adapting rapidly to change. A range of practices, tools and templates are provided through the course to build strategies and actions that meet external challenges whilst being aligned to internal resources, capabilities and cultures.

Each participant will have the opportunity to consider an approach for their own organisation - based on its maturity, capability and operating environment, to build sustained long-term success.

Program Benefits

This is a contemporary course with theory linked to application which will benefit both individuals and organisations in a variety of ways.


Individual benefits:

  • Learn what professional and best practice strategic management looks like and how to make informed professional judgements.
  • Understand business models to define organisational focus.
  • Consider trends, developments and scenarios in an organisation’s environment using external analysis tools.
  • Learn about strategies and actions for creating alignment both internally and externally.
  • Develop skills for pursuing opportunities, mitigating threats and addressing gaps.
  • Understand the role of key performance indicators for an optimum balance between short term results and long-term value creation.



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Organisational benefits:

Participants will identify gaps and recommend improvements in their organisations strategic management system to better adapt rapidly to change by understanding:

  • Strategic leadership: providing purpose and vision to inspire change and strategy achievement.
  • Strategy execution: building and aligning capability, cultures and resources aligned to challenges.
  • Strategy achievement: plans, budgets and KPI’s to encourage action in anticipation, rather than in reaction.
  • Environmental analysis to anticipate all key challenges, opportunities and threats.
  • Performance analysis: financial and non-financial based on objective analysis of strengths and weaknesses
  • How to develop strategies, products, and services to address challenges and performance gaps


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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,

2 day course: $1,495
Group discounts available.
*Early Bird: $1,390

*Available for enrolments received by Friday 19 July 2024

Emerging, 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

Key areas we will consider:

  • 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

Learning Materials and Catering

  • All participants will receive a hard copy workbook upon arrival.
  • This course is fully catered including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Credit Pathways and Certificate

  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion for attending this course.
  • You can gain a credit into the Leadership and Management Essentials Program (LME) by successfully completing this course and its assessment.
  • The course offers an opportunity for pathways into the UniSA MBA Program through the LME Program. 

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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