Business Strategy for Managers

This program last ran in November 2019. Future dates to be announced.

Designed for managers, business owners and individual contributors with limited experience in strategy, this program explores the basic concepts and tools of strategic business management. The overall framework within which managers make decisions, the notion of strategy, and how it relates to competitive advantage will be covered.

In this two-day program, participants will discover strategic tools to evaluate environmental threats and opportunities, including the industry competitive forces analysis. In addition, participants will learn how to identify company strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to develop competencies. Participants will analyze the strategic positioning of a company in its industry, and learn the necessary factors for efficient strategy execution.

This program was formerly titled Strategic Business Management. 

Program Benefits

  • Develop the skills to perform external and internal analyses for companies and to evaluate the dynamics of competition
  • Build strategies using appropriate frameworks and tools
  • Understand the basics of strategy implementation and control
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Strategic management
  • Competitive advantage
  • External analysis
  • Internal analysis
  • Competitive positioning and business strategy
  • Strategy implementation

Who should enroll

This program is designed for managers with limited exposure to strategy and will serve as a useful refresher for current managers with some strategy experience. Business owners, employers, and individual contributors from any industry who are interested in developing the skills needed to analyze and create strategy will also find this program useful. There are no prerequisites, but a basic understanding of management and accounting principles is desired.