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Course 2015-2016 a.y.


Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 6 - 7

IM (8 credits - II sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/07)

Classes: 6 (II sem.) - 7 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The course shows the nature of the problems and challenges confronted by managers responsible for corporate strategy and the skills needed by them to function effectively as strategists and organization builders. The course addresses the challenges of formulating and implementing strategy in companies that are active in complex settings involving multiple businesses, mixes of insourcing and outsourcing, a global footprint, and a variety of social and economic objectives. As such, it incorporates important recent developments in strategy that bring a broader perspective to issues of parenting advantage such as the management of strategy processes, resource allocation, realizing synergies, enabling knowledge sharing, internationalization strategies and managing diversification. The course provides the student with the analytic "toolkit" needed for strategic decision making, it also offers insights into the challenges of managing large organizations that enhance the student's abilities as a general manager.

Course Content Summary
  • Review of strategy foundations.
  • Complexity through diversification, vertical scope, and social scope.
  • Internationalization strategies.
  • Pathways for developing competitive resources: alliances and acquisitions.
  • Implementing corporate strategy: planning, structure and change.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
  • 50% written exam on the first exam date;
  • 25% team assignment;
  • 25% class participation. 


For attending and non attending students:

  • R. Grant, Contemporary Strategy Analysis, Text Only, Wiley, 2012, 8th Edition.
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