603 - Study Guide

603 Module 1 - Study Guide

603 Module 2 - Study Guide

DIM 603: STRATEGIC DISASTER MANAGEMENT

 

1. AIM OF COURSE

 

The aim of this course is to give the student an understanding of the application of the principles and procedures of strategic management in the domain of disaster management.

 

2. WORKING PROCEDURES

 

The course consists of 2 modules and two assignments. There are two contact sessions during the first year in the first semester. Both modules will be introduced at the first contact session. The assignment will also be given at the first contact session. During the second contact session feedback will be given on the assignment.

 

3. SUGGESTED STUDY PROGRAMME

 

DIM 603 is presented in 2 modules, which you should be able to complete in 150 hours or 20 days.

 

4. ASSESSMENT

 

The assignment will contribute 40% to the final exam, and the remaining 60% will be your final exam.

 

To pass the course a sub-minimum of 40% must be obtained in the examination. To pass the completed course a combined average of at least 50% must be achieved.

DIM 603

MODULE 1: ​STRATEGY FORMULATION AND EVALUATION

 

1. AIM

 

The aim of this module is to familiarize the student with strategic management principles, methods and tools.

 

2. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

On completion of the module, you should be able to:

 

i) Define strategy at different levels;

ii) Use best practice models to expand disaster management strategies;

iii) Use best practice models to perform an industry analysis;

iv) Describe generic strategies;

v) Describe competitive tactics;

vi) Use different approaches to evaluate portfolio strategies;

vii) Know the importance of implementing strategies.

 

3. STUDY MATERIAL

 

i) Silbiger, S. (1999) The 10-day MBA London: Piatkus. Chapter 9.

ii) Thompson, AA, Strickland, AJ & Gramble, JE (2005) Crafting and executing strategy: the quest for competitive advantage. 14th edition McGraw-Hill Chapter 2 : pp 17-43

 

4. WORKING PROCEDURES

 

(i) Study your prescribed study material as indicated in paragraph 3.

(ii) Be able to define a strategy after studying the compulsory study

material.

(iii) Then use the Porter-model to demonstrate the level of competition

(level of profit) in the industry. The Porter-model will also be used to discuss five generic strategies in class. Different approaches to evaluate portfolio strategies will also be discussed.

(iv) Finally be able to discuss the five strategic management tasks.

 

 

5. ASSIGNMENTS (Dim603 – 1/2)

 

The National Disaster Management Centre of your country is calling for all Municipalities in your country without Disaster Management Centres to Craft and Execute a Strategy on the development of a Disaster Management Centre. Draw up this strategic plan through the identification and discussion of all the phases in the Crafting and Executing Strategy Process (Thompson, Strickland III and Gamble (2005) to set up the new Disaster management centre.

DIM 603

MODULE 2: ​SITUATION ANALYSIS – A CASE STUDY TO FORMULATE A STRATEGIC DISASTER PLAN

 

1. AIM

 

With the advent and development of Disaster Management as an integral part of sustainable development, it became important to develop a strategic disaster management plan and associated work plan/logical framework. The aim of this module is to develop strategic thinking in the field of disaster management. It is intended at improving the quality of strategic management principles of planning, organising, leadership, and monitoring and evaluation of all disaster management role-players.

 

2. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

On completion of the module, you should be able to:

i) Explore the forces and dynamics of the environments that influences Disaster Management.

ii) Understand strategic disaster management interventions as processes impacting on a dynamic environment.

iii) Understand the strategic management process and the application thereof to Disaster Management.

iv) Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles and stages in the strategic management process for disaster management.

v) Demonstrate the implementation of strategic disaster management planning in context of local/regional integrated development planning.

 

3. WORKING PROCEDURE

 

i) Study your prescribed Strategic Management study material and some of the www.’s for the interested reader, to get guidance on the factors to consider when doing a strategic analysis. Read books, newspapers, and other open documents, and use your own observations of what is happening internationally and in your country that describe the forces and dynamics of the environment that influence the quality and accountability of Disaster Management. This external environmental analysis should indicate conclusions on threats and opportunities that should give direction to your disaster plan.

ii) Also read the compulsory reading and some of the web pages to define how the principles, standards, indicators, and guidance notes of humanitarian role-players in Disaster Management may enhance Strategic Disaster Management.

iii) Study your prescribed Strategic Management study material to get guidance on the factors to consider when doing an internal environmental analysis. The idea of a strategic analysis is to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation to react to the vulnerabilities identified. Although you will not know at this stage that you have all the correct capacities to be able to deal with all major contingencies, your “informed decision” is better than no decision at all.

iv) Read your prescribed Strategic Management Handbook to guide you in setting strategic goals. From the strategic goals you can develop an implementation plan to ensure that your organisation will develop a strategy-supportive organisation, and budget for the achievement of these goals. Strategic control should help you to monitor whether your organisation is achieving the strategic goals.

 

4. STUDY MATERIAL

 

READ:

 

The prescribed Strategic Management study material of Module 1 should be understood.

READ:

i) Compulsory reading to be done;

• “Tony Manning Model” – handout

• “Conversation Model” - handout

• At Risk – Prescribed Book

• The South African Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002

• SADC – Disaster Management Strategy.

• A selected Integrated Development Plan (IDP)or similar regional development plan.

ii) For the interested Reader:

• Web pages of the United Nations Agencies which have a responsibility for Disaster Management and/ or Response such as UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, etc.

• The Humanitarian Charter available at www.unhcr.ch

• The US Federal Emergency Management Agency Handbook

available at www.fema.org

• www.strategyclub.com (go to the “strategic planning” section)

• www.planware.org/strategicsample.htm

• www.fema.gov/library

• www.communitypolicing.org/manage.html

• www.mindtools.com

 

5. ASSIGNMENTS (Dim602 – 2/2)

 

• Develop an implementation strategy for Disaster Management. This should be based on current legislation, policy and guidelines in your country. It must be applicable to one of the following spheres of government :

• National

• Provincial

• Municipality Level (Regional/District or Local)

• This strategic plan must be based on either the “Conversation” or the “Tony Manning” models which were used as examples in DIM 603: Module 1.

 

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