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

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.

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. Change Project Review
    • Change Project Description
    • Project Planning
    • Current Competitive Strategy of Business Unit (BU)
    • Options Recommend for your BU
    • Strategy Direction
    • Agency Problems
    • BU Internal Process

You can download description of the course here.

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance course starts on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Entrance Exam

You could take AIBEc Entrance Exam from May 4, 2017 till \\\June 6, 2017. Students who achieve qualifying score on the exam pay reduced tuition.

Summer Semester, 2017

Summer Semester starts on May 16, 2017.