Strategic Frameworks for Competitive Advantage

If you’ve reached an inflection point in your career where you must make strategic decisions that impact your entire organization, this three-day program on strategic frameworks for competitive advantage will prepare you for your next steps.

This program provides you with frameworks that lay out how to execute a competitive business strategy. Learn how to maximize your advantage and create industry disruption with a sustainable business model. Gain the insights that allow you to quickly and effectively realign your organization when circumstances change. Know what drives cost so you can improve operations and get a competitive edge.

Program Benefits

  • Learn how to execute a competitive business strategy
  • Gain a deeper understanding of business frameworks and strategic patterns that hold true across time and industries
  • Understand the spectrum of strategic challenges and opportunities that leaders can face
  • Develop a common language for discussing strategic business choices
  • Build a suite of tools and techniques to help you analyze your business model design and organizational framework
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Business model design
  • Organizational frameworks and realignment
  • Resources, cost, and sustainable advantage
  • Competitive landscape
  • Financial footprints and the right mix of cost structures, asset intensity, and headcount for your business
  • Product introduction and uptake

Who Should Enroll

This program is ideal for senior-level leaders who want to make an even greater difference for their organization and lead change by creating a competitive advantage. Leaders preparing for a new role and professionals interested in the intricacies of business model design will also benefit. Past participants in the following industries have said the course material was immediately applicable to their work:

  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Biotech and pharmaceutical
  • Telecommunications
  • Military and defense
  • Communications and public relations
  • Food and beverage

While no specific training is required, ideally, participants will have previously studied strategy or attended a program on the fundamentals of strategy, such as our complementary program Strategic Business Management. Participants should also have a fundamental understanding of economics.

Program Information

Program Dates

August 28–30, 2019
Instructor David McIntosh, Jon Fay
November 20–22, 2019
Instructor David McIntosh, Jon Fay, Margaret Andrews

Class Times

Programs run from 9 am to 5 pm.

Program Fee

2019 Program Fee: $3,950


One Brattle Square
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.


Margaret Andrews is a highly rated instructor with over 20 years of experience in higher education, business, and consulting. She served as associate dean at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education and as executive director of the MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Andrews is the coauthor of the StratEDgy blog on Inside Higher Ed, and reports on the worldwide management education market for University World News. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a graduate degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Jon was vice president of executive development and global head of EMC University for EMC Corporation, an 80,000-employee technology company. Prior to joining EMC, Jon was the co-founder of Wilson | Alan, a consulting firm specializing in executive development and strategic alignment. 

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David McIntosh is the founder and president of Creative Business Breakthroughs, where he designs and leads strategic planning sessions and management development programs for businesses and nonprofits. Before that, he was a futurist at Ernst Young Center for Business Innovation. 

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