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Beginner Level

Some familiarity with business is helpful, but not required.

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic...

What you will learn

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    The dynamics of competition, the competitive life cycle, and strategies to survive and thrive through industry disruption

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    Internationalization strategies, how, where, and when to enter foreign markets, and foreign direct investment

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    How businesses compete across industries, the value of being in different markets, and the right degree of diversification

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    Stakeholder management and how engaging with non-capital stakeholders can create value

Skills you will gain

Strategic ManagementStrategic ThinkingBusiness Strategybusiness competition
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with business is helpful, but not required.

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Dynamic Strategy

Studebaker, Remington, Sears, Kodak. Companies that were leaders in their time but failed to adapt to change. In this module, we'll explore the impact of disruptive innovations and how companies can navigate these changes, evolve over time, and avoid the pitfalls of the competitive life cycle. By the end of this module, you will be able to complete a competitive life cycle analysis and apply this tool in a case study of Sony. Let's get started....
Reading
9 videos (Total 58 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
The Dynamic Capabilities Perspective6m
Introduction to the Competitive Life Cycle8m
Competitive Life Cycle: Common Patterns9m
Why Incumbent Firms Fail or Survive8m
Competitive Life Cycle Analysis7m
Module Lessons1m
Strategist's Toolkit: Competitive Life Cycle Analysis3m
Sony PlayStation 4 Case Debrief8m
Reading5 readings
Course Overview10m
Course Requirements10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
Using the Discussion Forums10m
Sony PlayStation 4: Aim and Fire20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Dynamic Strategy40m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

International Strategy

Welcome! Industry and firm globalization has taken off in the past few decades. Firms can realize great gains by moving into foreign markets, but they only do so if they act strategically. In this module, we'll discuss the rise of globalization and explore two primary strategic questions: Where to compete and how to enter that market. We'll consider the pros and cons of strategic options for entering foreign markets. By the end of this module, you'll be able to complete an internationalization analysis and apply this tool to a case study about Orascom Telecom....
Reading
10 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Patterns of Internationalization7m
Where to Compete4m
Entering Foreign Markets: Exporting5m
Entering Foreign Markets: Licensing and Alliances5m
Entering Foreign Markets: Foreign Direct Investment4m
Foreign Direct Investment: Entry Mode5m
Module Lessons4m
Strategist's Toolkit: Internationalization Analysis8m
Orascom Telecom Holding Case Debrief6m
Reading1 reading
Orascom Telecom Holding: Wind and Weather20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
International Strategy40m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Diversification Strategy

Corporate strategy is often a question of diversification. How can firms leverage their current position across markets to build profits? In this module, we'll discuss firm scope and the financial, operational, and strategic reasons to expand and diversify. We'll explore the theory of the firm--or why firms exist and how this relates to their scope. By the end of this module, you'll be able to develop a diversification matrix and apply this tool in a case study about Disney. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Financial Reasons to Diversify5m
Operational Reasons to Diversify4m
Strategic Reasons to Diversify6m
Why Firms Exist: Theory of the Firm7m
Limits on Firm Scope4m
The Right Degree of Diversification2m
Module Lessons1m
Strategist's Toolkit: Diversification Matrices3m
Walt Disney Co Case Debrief9m
Reading1 reading
Walt Disney Co: Mickey Mouse or Media Mammoth?6m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Diversification Strategy40m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Stakeholder Strategy

How can a firm's values add value to the firm? Stakeholder management is a way of thinking about ethical considerations impacting an organization's strategy. In this module, we'll discuss how effective business strategy considers the impact of a firm's decisions and actions on various stakeholders, both primary and secondary, and uses that knowledge to guide strategic actions. By the end of this module, you'll be able to complete a stakeholder analysis and apply this tool in a case study about GE Healthcare. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 58 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
Creating Value for Stakeholders5m
Aligning Key Stakeholders5m
Aligning Secondary Stakeholders6m
Sources of Institutional Pressure9m
Value Creation and Your Values3m
Module Lessons3m
Strategist's Toolkit: Stakeholder Analysis4m
GE Healthcare India Case Debrief15m
Reading2 readings
GE Healthcare in India: An (Ultra)Sound Strategy?15m
Assignment Overview20m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Stakeholder Strategy40m
Practice Reviewing an Assignment30m
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Top Reviews

By ASNov 11th 2017

Great Course and excellent insight about strategy approach for any business. Its has really given a full overview about business strategy approach.\n\nThanks for professors to design such module.

By MMMay 26th 2016

Really advanced thinking in strategy, excellent work by Darden Business School. Particular appreciation for Prof. Jared D. Harris and Mike Lenox for their competency in the subject matter.

Instructors

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Michael Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer
Darden School of Business
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Jared Harris

Samuel L. Slover Research Chair in Business Administration
Darden School of Business

About University of Virginia

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About the Business Strategy Specialization

This Specialization covers both the dynamics and the global aspects of strategic management. With cases drawn from leading companies like Disney, Microsoft and Zappos, you'll learn how to evaluate industry evolution, build and sustain competitive advantage, formulate and assess business strategies, and align efforts to organizational strategy. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills by creating a comprehensive Strategic Analysis for an existing business or a venture of your own....
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