Strategy Specialization

The goal of a successful strategy is the alignment of a firm’s internal resources and capabilities with external market opportunities to sustain an advantage relative to rivals. The strategy specialization is designed for students who will pursue careers in strategy consulting or corporate strategic planning departments. Careers oriented toward general business management, entrepreneurship, and investment banking also will benefit from greater depth in strategy coursework. The courses in this specialization provide students with cutting-edge theories and practice on such topics as value creation and capture, external analysis of industries, internal analysis of a firm’s competitive strengths and weaknesses, competitive positioning, multimarket and corporate strategy, strategic decision-making, and strategy implementation.

Academic Advisor: Professor Melissa Schilling

Course List

Students who select the Strategy specialization must also complete COR1-GB.2103 - Strategy I and COR1-GB.2104 - Strategy II (or COR1-GB 2301) or COR1-GB 2101 - Strategy, in addition to 9.0 credits from the list below:

Course Number     Course Title
BSPA-GB.2305 Sustainability for Competitive Advantage***
BSPA-GB.2105 Sustainability for Competitive Advantage***
BSPA-GB.3318 Corporate Governance
DBIN-GB.3122 DBi Copenhagen***
INTA-GB.2306 Business Drivers: An Analytical Framework 
INTA-GB.3322 West Coast Tech immersion
INTA-GB.3323 Tech Solutions
FINC-GB.3196 Mergers and Acquisitions 
MGMT-GB.2113 The Strategist
MGMT-GB.2129 Entrepreneurship
MGMT-GB.2308 Venture Building for Intrapreneurs and Entrepreneurs
MGMT-GB.2313 The Strategist
MGMT-GB.2327 Managing the Growing Company
MGMT-GB.2339 Strategic Ownership
MGMT-GB.2340 Global Strategy
MGMT-GB.2370 Strategic Design
MGMT-GB.2375 Advanced Strategy: Tools
MGMT-GB.3128 Advanced Strategic Analysis
MGMT-GB.3129 Advanced Corporate Strategy
MGMT-GB.3135 Entrepreneurship
MGMT-GB.3155 Technology Innovation Strategy
MGMT-GB.3306 Consulting Practice: Processes & Problem-Solving
MGMT-GB.3323 Game Theory
MGMT-GB.3328 Advanced Strategic Analysis
MGMT-GB.3335 Foundations of Entrepreneurship
MGMT-GB.3339 Endless Frontier Lab**
MGMT-GB.3356 Design Thinking for Managers
MKTG-GB.2192 Predicting the Future of Technology
MKTG-GB.2392 Strategic Foresight and Predicting the Future of Technology

Maximum of 3 credits from this set:

Course Number     Course Title
BSPA-GB.2115  Political Risk Analysis
BSPA-GB.3362 Corporate Turnarounds and Leadership
ECON-GB.2110 The Business of Health & Medical Care
ECON-GB.2112 Economics and Management of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries
ECON-GB.2114 Healthcare Economics & Strategy
ECON-GB.2148 Public Policy and Business Strategy
ECON-GB.2345 The Business of Platforms, Networks, and Two-sided Markets         
ECON-GB.2348 Public Policy and Business Strategy
ECON-GB.2360 Sports Economics
FINC-GB.2304 Restructuring Firms and Industries*
FINC-GB.2310 Managing Financial Businesses
FINC-GB.3125 Corporate Strategy and Finance in Entertainment and Media
FINC-GB.3126 Financial Analysis in Telecom, Media & Technology
FINC-GB.3165 Private Equity Finance
FINC-GB.3365 Private Equity Finance
INTA-GB.2114 Political Risk Analysis
INTA-GB.2307 Tech Industry Drivers: An Analytical Framework
INTA-GB.2313 FinTech Experiential Learning
MKTG-GB.2125 Digital Media Innovation
MGMT-GB.2105 Strategic Management of AI
MGMT-GB.2140 Strategic Management of Global Risk*
MGMT-GB.2143 Strategy and Innovation in China
MGMT-GB.2153 Managing Change
MGMT-GB.2353 Managing Change*
MKTG-GB.2119 Entertainment and Media Industries
MKTG-GB.2124 Digital Disruption: Creating and Capturing Consumer Value
MKTG-GB.2133 Digitalization and Society
MKTG-GB.2355 Retail Strategy & Analytics
MKTG-GB.2370 New Products
MKTG-GB 2371 Innovation and Design
MKTG-GB.3152 Strategy in Technology Intensive Industries
OPMG-GB.2360  Real Estate Development & Entrepreneurship
TECH-GB.2318 Digital Strategy
TECH-GB.2332 Managing a High Tech Company: The CEO perspective
TECH-GB.3155 Digital Innovation and Crowdsourcing
TECH-GB.3355 Globalization, Open Innovation, and Crowdsourcing: New Ways of Organizing*
MGMT-GB.3358 Leading Innovation to Address Climate Change
TECH-GB.3362 Emerging Technology and Business Innovation

*Note: For students beginning the MBA program during or after Spring 2019, this course is now part of the "Maximum of 3 credits from this set" section.
**Note: Students may point a maximum of 6 credits of MGMT-GB.3339 Endless Frontier Lab (EFL) toward the Strategy Specialization.
***Note: Only one of the following courses can be pointed: BSPA-GB.2305 Sustainability for Competitive Advantage, BSPA-GB.2105 Sustainability for Competitive Advantage or DBIN-GB 3122 DBi Copenhagen

For course descriptions, please see the Office of Records & Registration website.