About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with business is helpful, but not required.

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian...

What you will learn

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    How to utilize the strategic power of pricing to set profit maximizing prices

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    Cost and economics in pricing strategy

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    How to leverage knowledge of customer value to develop a pricing strategy

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    Market and competitor pricing models that inform pricing decisions

Skills you will gain

Cost-Based PricingPricing StrategiesMarket-Based PricingCustomer Value-based PricingStrategic Management
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with business is helpful, but not required.

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian...

How the Specialization Works

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Cost and Economics in Pricing Strategy

4.8
196 ratings
43 reviews
How much should you charge for your products and services? Traditionally, businesses have answered this question based on the cost to produce or provide their goods and services. This course shows you the economic factors behind pricing based on cost and the pros and cons of a cost-based pricing approach. Led by Darden faculty and Boston Consulting Group global pricing experts, the course provides the practical and research-based models and methods you need to set prices that maximize your profits. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to: --Apply knowledge of basic economics to make better pricing decisions --Recognize opportunities for price discrimination—selling the same product at different prices to different buyers—and recommend strategies to maximize sales and profits --Calculate three types of price elasticities to determine the impact of price on demand --Analyze and apply different pricing models -Cost-plus pricing -Marginal cost-plus pricing -Peak-load pricing -Index-based pricing --Evaluate the impact of channel intermediaries and customer lifetime value on pricing...
Course2

Customer Value in Pricing Strategy

4.8
104 ratings
15 reviews
The traditional approach to pricing based on costs works to pay the bills, but it leaves revenue on the table. You can, in fact, price your products in a way that increases sales--if you know what your customers are willing to pay and can leverage psychology to create better deal and discount plans. In this course, we'll show you how to price a product based on how your customers value it and the psychology behind their purchase decisions. Led by Darden faculty and Boston Consulting Group global pricing experts, this course provides an in-depth understanding of value-based pricing and how to use it to capture more revenue. By the end of this course, you'll be able to... -- Apply knowledge of customer value to price products -- Leverage core value-based pricing techniques to inform pricing decisions -- Measure customer willingness to pay using models (surveys, conjoint analysis, other data) -- Use knowledge of consumer psychology to set prices beneficial to both consumers and sellers...
Course3

Market and Competition in Pricing Strategy

4.8
78 ratings
9 reviews
If you haven’t considered what the competition is charging, you may not be maximizing your revenue. Spend time analyzing the market and you can influence price and improve margins. In this course, we'll show you how to implement competitive pricing and avoid common legal pitfalls of market-based pricing. You will also learn how to predict, influence and respond to competitors’ pricing moves. Led by Darden faculty and Boston Consulting Group global pricing experts, this course provides an in-depth understanding of market-based pricing and how to use it to capture more revenue....
Course4

Pricing Strategy in Practice

4.5
60 ratings
9 reviews
In this project-centered course, Darden's Ron Wilcox and BCG's Thomas Kohler will walk you through a real-world case, from problem statement to detailed analyses. You'll use all three lenses (cost, customer value, and competition) to recommend an optimal price—and then adjust to market disruptions. Utilizing the concepts, tools and techniques taught in previous Specialization courses—from basic techniques of economics to knowledge of customer segments, willingness to pay, and customer decision making to analysis of market prices, share, and industry dynamics—you will practice setting profit maximizing prices to improve price realization. You'll finish the course with a portfolio-building project that demonstrates your pricing prowess....

Instructors

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Jean Manuel Izaret

Senior Partner and Managing Director, Leader of BCG’s Global Pricing Practice
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Thomas Kohler

Associate Director, Pricing
Marketing, Sales & Pricing Practice
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Ronald T. Wilcox

NewMarket Corporation Professor of Business Administration & Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs
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About University of Virginia

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About BCG

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • We recommend the following sequence: Economics of Pricing, Pricing to Customer Value, Market-based Pricing, Pricing Strategy Optimization. While you can take the first three courses simultaneously, we recommend taking the Pricing Strategy Optimization course last, since it draws on concepts from the three previous courses.

  • Our target learners have an interest in business and marketing. With an undergraduate or graduate degree, they are looking to advance in their career or deliver more value in their current role and might someday pursue an advanced business degree. They take initiative and are proactive in developing new skills and competencies to achieve career objectives, develop professionally and expand their knowledge bases.

  • Each course in the Specialization is organized into four weeks of content and assignments. You may take the four courses sequentially over the course of four months, or may take courses simultaneously to complete more quickly.

  • After completing this Specialization, you will be able to employ five economic techniques to improve price realization; improve price realization by applying knowledge of customer segments, willingness to pay, and how customers make purchasing decisions; analyze market prices, market share, and industry dynamics to set optimal price points; and recommend a profit-maximizing price considering economic, customer-value, and competitive market forces.

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