Apply Now
  • Home
  • Handbooks
  • ZPG9009 – Business Strategy for Sustainable Competitive Advantage

ZPG9009 - Business Strategy for Sustainable Competitive Advantage

15 Credits NQF 9


The purpose of this unit is to integrate all the knowledge acquired during the MBA studies in order to develop innovative business strategies capable of achieving sustainable competitive advantage. You will also complete your PPDP (Personal and Professional Development Plan). You will discover how this plan has chartered your transformational journey and it will serve as a starting point for the next phase of your career.

You will act as a consultant hired to advise your CEO. Students from finance, marketing, HR etc. will relate their experiences to other functional areas and develop a multifunctional perspective required of the modern manager and leader. You will be able to think and act in an innovative, strategic rather than tactical fashion, even when there is a considerable amount of ambiguity.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • Execute comprehensive organisational performance analyses
  • Evaluate the stakeholder ecology, including the values and ethical environment of various competitive landscapes
  • Evaluate internal and external strategy elements of traditionally contested market competitive environments
  • Assess leadership decisions and behaviours within the context of business strategy development and execution
  • Assess the effect of ethics, values and responsibility at both the individual and organisational level
  • Develop comprehensive , internally consistent, robust, analytically sound strategic recommendations for an organisation
  • Evaluate strategic recommendations using internationally established best-practice quality standards
  • Evaluate progress on goals for personal, professional and organisational development


Continuous assessment throughout the five weeks: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 150 hours per unit typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities, online interactions and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, ‘use it now’ (in your job) applications, reflections, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires three Saturday sessions of scheduled contact. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, guest speakers, case studies, peer directed learning and online engagement.