Delivering Innovation and Other High Risk Strategies

MGT80003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


HB7  HE Block 7

9 Oct 23 - 19 Nov 23

22 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
9 Oct 23

20 Oct 23

Last withdraw without fail:
3 Nov 23



Aims and objectives

This unit is designed to challenge the conventional mindset and frameworks used in the delivery of innovation and high risk strategies within volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environments. Students will explore a range of conceptual theories as well as real examples such as non-human biological systems, asymmetric warfare, geo-politics, medicine, space flight, infrastructure and of course business. While the predominant approach is to focus on failure to explore lessons learned, we will seek to uncover lessons from success. The approach to risk in this unit will be framed from the perspective of exploiting VUCA environments through adaptation to shape the environment for strategic success instead of the predominant focus on what could go wrong.
After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate and apply high-risk strategies in various organisation types.
  • Apply business fundamentals to the analysis, design and operation of high risk strategies for innovation in Australian organisations.
  • Reflect on the characteristics of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) with Australian business.
  • Research an Organisation’s approach to delivering high risk strategies and building a sustainable organisation making recommendations for improvement to a range of stakeholders.
  • Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team.