Strategic Management
The course studies three major strategic themes: strategic positioning, strategic choices and strategy into action. Major attention is paid to the implementation of strategy in the fast changing business environment.

Gerald Rohan
Professor of Strategic Management and MPO.
Gerald Rohan has extensive experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is formerly the Director of Global Energy and Mining at PWC and the co-chair of the Energy committee at AmCham.

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
      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 participation __________ 15%
      Case 1 _____________________ 15%
      Case 2 _____________________ 15%
      Case presentations _________ 10%
      Change project _____________ 30%
      Final exam _________________ 15%
      Total _____________________ 100%

      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

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