There are three parts for “Strategic Thinking and Critical Analysis” each part contains the guidelines that must be follow in details, and they must be linked together in Soft System Methodology.

Part 1: (3000 words)

Adopt the role of a Strategy Consultant for a selected organisation. And you are required to lead a new strategic initiative to propose and implement organisational change through the adoption of Checkland?s Soft Systems Methodology to inject value creation opportunities for your client and their key stakeholder groups. Plus, against the enduring value propositions for your client?s business to adopt your proposals, using your own judgement, review the wider implications if the client organisation does not accept your proposals. And the guidelines will be:


1. Clear Introduction to the Organisational Context

2. Report Structure and Flow

3. Industry / Company Research Applied

4. Situational Analysis and Evaluation in Content:

  • The Need for Change
  • Direct Application of Explicit Frameworks for Value, Strategy and Leadership
  • Explicit Value Propositions for Change
  • Concise Action Plans Proposed
  • Clarity of Judgement
  • How the Change will be lead
  • Stated Outcomes / Benefits for New Organisation
  • Report Style
  • Appendices Includes:
  • – Technical

    – Data Analysis

    – Situational to Company / Industry

    Part 2: (2000 words)

    Prepare a critique of selected literature focused upon the domain of Soft Systems Methodology, then support your perspectives with other contemporary evidence of applications deemed relevant to achieve meaningful managerial insights and conclusions. And from the evidence, outline potential DBA research perspectives which could be adopted to explore client business transformation for future sustainability. And the guidelines will be:


  • Academic Research Evidence related to explicit frameworks for Value, Strategy & Leadership
  • Direct ? in text ? citation
  • Quality of Critique
  • New Insights Gained
  • Formation of Judgements
  • Logical Conclusions
  • Emergent Themes for Potential DBA Research
  • Appendices Includes:
  • – Quality of Bibliography

    – Quality of In Text References

    Part 3: (1000 words)

    Realise the critical thinking and core capabilities needed to achieve this consultancy task for the client organisation. And evaluate your current knowledge, skills and competencies to thereby assess your ability for completing this consultancy assignment. Also, review the consultancy related leadership skills now required for future personal development and career accession. And the guidelines will be:


  • Ability to form Judgements
  • Mindset Change
  • Personal Skillsets Assessment for Leadership, Value Creation and Strategy Implementation
  • Self Critique of Competencies
  • Challenges Experienced
  • Overcoming Difficulties
  • New Knowledge Acquired
  • Theory Modification to suit Organisational Environment
  • Emergent Conclusions for Employability Skills
  • The Personal Development Agenda
  • *** Total word count = 6000 words

    *** In-text citations and references using CU-Harvard style.

    *** “DBA STCA Manual and Assessment” has been uploaded for further details about the whole work.

    *** Research Articles and books has been uploaded as attachments.

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