To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets both traditional and emerging. The way in which organizations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This course introduces the concept of strategic management through case analyses, and considers the basic direction and goals of an organization, the environment (social, political, technological, economic and global factors), industry and market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses. The emphasis is on the development and successful implementation of strategy in different types of firms across industries. Prerequisites: course work in accounting and two other functional areas; a B or higher grade in EXPO E-34 or a satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills.
Fall term, Section 1 (13760)
Margaret C. Andrews, MS, Associate Dean for Management Programs, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University.
Dayna J. Catropa, EdM, Associate Director, Research and Marketing Programs, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University.
G. Timothy Bowman, MBA, Executive Dean for Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University.
Thursdays on campus (1 Story St., Room 304) with online option available beginning Jan. 31, 5:30-7:30 pm; on campus Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 am-5 pm and Sunday, Feb. 24, 9 am-4 pm. Optional sections to
Course tuition: graduate credit $2,000.
This course is taught in a hybrid model, with an intensive—and mandatory—two-day residency and ten online option lectures. The course begins with three online option lectures beginning Thursday, January 31,
5:30-7:30 pm. Students who do not attend these lectures on campus are required to participate via live web chat during the regular class meeting time. The on-campus session follows, Saturday, February
23, 9 am-5 pm and Sunday, February 24, 9 am-4 pm. The remaining seven sessions are conducted as online option lectures. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the
on-campus session, February 23-24. There is an optional reception on Friday, February 22, from 6:30-8 pm.