Gerald Rohan

Professor of Strategic Management and MPO Gerald Rohan holds an MBA from Iona College, a graduate of NYU Business School, has extensive experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Strategic Management

Purpose of this Course

In fall semester 2017 Strateguc Management course will be held in the updated format. Much attention will be paid to the role of project management in the strategy of the organization.

Strategic Management is an advanced course for МВA candidates. It assumes a solid understanding of the basic principles of management, essential to comprehend the concepts of the complex field of strategy. Students will be required to draw upon material from previous courses, business media and business experience.

Despite planning efforts, not all strategies result from such processes. During the course, students will garner an understanding of the many ways in which strategy actually develops within organizations, including their own.

The study of strategic management involves three major themes: strategic positioning, strategic choices and strategy into action.

Strategic positioning is the analysis of the environment in which an organization operates, a full understanding of the strategic capability of the organization, coupled with the expectations of stakeholders. Strategic choices involve breaking strategy down into levels and determining the directions and methods of development of the overall strategy. Finally strategy into action brings structure as well as the dynamic processes of management and change into the equation in order to move the organization towards its stated goals.

In today's increasingly complex business environment, more and more of the work companies do is done in the form of projects. In fact, the most interesting, cutting-edge work happens today within the context of a project. The fact that projects are often charting new courses represents the appeal and risk of becoming project managers. To be profitable and successful, an organization's projects must be completed on time and on budget, while also meeting its goals. As a result, the art of project management has become increasingly vital to businesses everywhere. While each project is unique, there are common tools and techniques that can be applied to managing the work to a (usually) successful conclusion. These tools include strong team building, negotiation, and planning. There are industry standards and vocabulary that can be learned to make transitioning between different organizations as a project manager much easier.

AIBEc's course establishes the fundamental common concepts of traditional project management based on the world-wide standards – Project Management Institute (PMI) methodology in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, planning, monitoring, controlling and learning. Within the framework, you will learn the methodologies and tools necessary for each aspect of the process as well as the theories upon which these are built. Such comprehensive exploration of the project management discipline uncovers the critical thinking — the why — vital to project management excellence.

Course Materials

Notes, handouts, articles, and cases from the course package.


Grading of this course will be based on the case studies, change project, examinations and class participation.

Because the course is heavily discussion based attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend 40% of classes leads to immediate failure in the course and loss of credit.

The course will be graded in accordance with the following schedule:

Class input/quizzes15%
Case Study I15%
Case Study II15%
Case presentation10%
Change Project30%
Final Exam15%

Course Topics

  1. Introduction to strategy
    • Understanding Strategy Development
  2. Strategic Position
    • Strategic Position — Environment
    • Strategic Position — Expectations
    • Strategic Position — Corporate Governance
  3. Strategic Options
    • Strategic Options — Directions
    • Strategic Options — Methods of Development
  4. Strategy into Action
    • Strategy into Action — Organizing for Success
    • Strategy into Action — Enabling Success
    • Strategy into Action — Managing Strategic Change
  5. GAP Analysis Methodology
  6. The World of Project Management PM Framework – Processes
  7. The Manager, the Organization, and the Team PM Framework – Stakeholders & Influencers
  8. Planning the Project PM Knowledge Areas: Integration & Scope Management
  9. Budgeting the Project PM Knowledge Areas: Time & Cost Management
  10. Scheduling the Project PM Knowledge Areas: HR & Communications Management
  11. Monitoring and Controlling the Project PM Knowledge Areas: Quality & Risk Management
  12. Modern PM, PMO, Scope Changes, Crisis Management

You can download description of the course here.

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Fall Semester, 2018

Fall Semester starts on October 2, 2018.