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Strategic Thinking and Future Orientation
(master's degree), 5 cr, online

The course is multidisciplinary and part of the joint studies of the curricula of the Savonia YAMK degree programs. The course is suitable e.g. for those who have completed Bachelor's degree, who aim to get a Master's degree and for those who need more knowledge. For more information on applying for a degree, see the link.
During these studies the student will deepen his/her understanding of strategic thinking and will deepen understanding of the meaning and utilization of future knowledge.
Student is able to describe both the meaning of strategic thinking and continuous renewal in relation to the vision of organisation and in development of competitiveness. He / she is able to choose new strategic approaches during organisational changes and renewal processes. Student is able to recognize / anticipate the changes happening in the organisational environment. He / she has readiness to adapt methods of anticipation, and foresees the future trends of (working) organisation.
Main content
  • Strategic thinking and management
  • Strategic tools
  • Strategy, future orientation and scenarios
  • The final assignment
You will find more information about the contents of the course here.
Methods and requirements
Online (Moodle), self-study course. The course will be opened on March 1st, 2021 and will be finished at the beginning of June 2021.  Logging in to Moodle course with course key. The course key will be informed about one week before.
E-materials, e-services and e-learning environments are widely used in studies at Savonia. Therefore you should have a laptop of your own.
Enrolment, study fees and cancellation
The enrolment opens on 1.11.2020 and closes on 14.2.2021. The studies at the Open University of Applied Sciences are free of charge until 31 July 2021 (see more information).
From 1.8.2021 the Open University of Applied Sciences study fee of one course (5 cr) is 75 euros, tuition fee of 6 months is 125 euros and tuition fee of 12 months is 250 euros. In some courses, there may be other costs (eg. material costs), see here study fees. Your enrolment is binding and studying places will be filled in the order of enrolment. An invoice will be sent to your email address. By paying the invoice on the due date at the latest you confirm that you accept the study place. If you fail to pay in time, you lose your study place.In case you cancel your enrolment later or choose not to continue your studies, the fees you have paid are not returned to you. However, you can spend the fees on other Open Studies at Savonia UAS.
Study grants
Studying in the Open UAS does not entitle you to a study grant or other student benefits or discounts. In case you intend to study unemployed, please make sure in the local employment office (TE-toimisto) your livelihood situation before you begin your studies.
More information about the content and implementation
Teacher: Markku Haapakoski, email: markku.haapakoski(at)
Concerning questions on enrolment, please contact: avoinamk(at)
Savonia Open UAS reserves the right to make changes.