ACCA Strategic Business Leader (SBL) Introducation

Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

An innovative case study examination

Integrated technical, ethical and professional skills.

Paper Structure ACCA Strategic Business Leader

  • 4-hour duration allowed (240 minutes)
  • 100 marks, 80 for application of technical content and 20 for professional skills
  • 50 marks to pass
  • 12-15 pages of case study information
  • All questions are based on the same scenario
  • The emphasis is on a combination of technical and professional skills

The skills and expertise you’ll need

A successful student should:

  1. bring forward the skill and knowledge from earlier learning and exam in the context of acting as a strategic business leader
  2. take a board interest in their day to day work, undertake wider reading and develop business acumen in order to apply this to the scenario given
  3. demonstrate their technical skills in a practical context, professionalism and professional skills
  4. show the ability to access, interpret and synthesize the scenario and other information to provide appropriate solutions to the tasks required.
SBL Strategic Business Leader ACCA
SBL Strategic Business Leader

1.1 Being Leader

As a leader, you are expected to be able to analyze a business situation and provide and implement an appropriate, effective and sustainable solution. This Means that can

  • be clear and focussed, identifying the key issues in any situation
  • analyze and address ethical concerns
  • use technical principles and quantitative study to move out key issues, confirm causality and integrate a broad range of circumstances into a coherent argument
  • make recommendations that meet the needs of users and ‘fit for purpose’.

1.2 Thinking Strategically

Having a strategic perspective means that you can do the following:

  • Take a long term perspective.
  • Look at the whole organization as well as individual products/divisions/ SBUs.
  • Set the selection of the whole organization and integrate its activities.
  • Consider the views of all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
  • Analyze the organization’s resources and define resource requirements
  • Relate the organization to its environments.
  • Look at gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.
Thinking Strategically SBL ACCA
Thinking Strategically SBL ACCA
SBL Strategic Business Leader ACCA
SBL Strategic Business Leader ACCA
SBL Strategic Business Leader ACCA
SBL Strategic Business Leader ACCA
ACCA SBL Marks Allocation
ACCA SBL Marks Allocation

A quick guide to dividing your time in Exam

  • 25% Leadership and Governance
  • 25% Strategy and Risk
  • 50% Delivering Strategy

Three Phases of study for Strategic Business Leader

  1. Learning phase
  2. Revision phase, and
  3. final preparation (including mock exams and feedback) phase.

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