Executive Education

Executive Program in Corporate Strategy

Examine multiple perspectives of strategic analysis and execution in today's complex, competitive global environment. You'll leave with an immediately applicable model for a corporate and competitive strategy.

In today's turbulent business world, leaders find themselves in a complex competitive environment where corporate strategy is more critical than ever before. Those who are able to think strategically and predict the impact of industry evolution are able to make competitive shifts and maintain profitability. 

In this program, executives will learn techniques to understand the competitive structure of an industry and a company's competitive advantage. Participants will analyze various strategic decisions, including positioning, pricing, new venture, technology, and diversification. In addition, the program will look at how organizational structure impacts effective strategy development and implementation.

Participants will apply the program material to define long-term strategic objectives and initiatives and will translate these objectives into an execution road-map.

By attending this program, you will:

  • Improve your strategic planning process.
  • Translate strategic objectives into an execution plan.
  • Develop systems for coordinating strategy across units.
  • Use game theory reasoning to analyze strategic decisions.

LOCATION
Chicago Booth, Gleacher Center, Chicago IL

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Harry L. Davis

Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management

Harry Davis teaches MBA and Executive Education courses at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has been on the faculty since 1963. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of strategy, leadership, creativity, and innovation.

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Robert H. Gertner

Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance

Robert Gertner is the Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has been on the faculty since 1986. Professor Gertner is also a Faculty Director of Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative. His research focuses on issues in strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises.

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John P. Gould

Steven G. Rothmeier Professor and Distinguished Service Professor of Economics

Jack Gould has been a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business since 1965, where he has taught M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., and Ph.D. courses on a wide range of subjects, from accounting and economics to strategic thinking and creative management. Professor Gould studies the economics of information, microeconomic theory, industrial organization, strategy, law and economics, and investment by the firm.

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Marc Knez

Clinical Professor of Strategic Management

Professor Marc Knez currently teaches strategy courses in the Chicago Booth full-time and part-time MBA programs. He studies strategic and organizational decision making, strategic planning, and market analysis. His academic research evolved from a focus on applying game theory and decision theory to strategic decision making to a focus on market analysis, strategy development, and organizational structure.

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James E. Schrager

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

Jim Schrager is the Faculty Director for the Chicago Management Institute and the Advanced Strategy Program, teaching courses in new venture and corporate strategy to MBA students and executives at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was awarded Chicago’s Emory Williams Teaching Award in 1996, 2001, and 2007.

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Toby E. Stuart

Toby E. Stuart is the Helzel Chair in Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation and Faculty Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Previously, he has been: The Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School; the Arthur J. Samberg Professor and Faculty Director of the Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School; and the Fred G. Steingraber-A.T. Kearney Professor of Leadership & Strategy at University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

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Chad Syverson

J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics

Chad Syverson teaches MBA courses in Competitive Strategy and Industrial Organization at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty, Professor Syverson was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Department of Economics. His research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity.

Excellent program. Reinforced my knowledge of strategy. More importantly, it stretched my thinking with new concepts that provide a much more nuanced approach to strategy formulation. Truly an excellent program and will put what I learned to use immediately.

- David Rovin, Director Commercial Lines Product Management, American Family Insurance


[Executive Program in] Corporate Strategy has provided me with actionable strategic tools. Too often academia provides retrospective frameworks that are difficult to apply or are easily misused. UofC has provided prospective frameworks, how to apply them and addressed use/misuse.

- Robert Morris, Vice President and General Manager, General Binding Corp.


Administration personnel very attentive and kind: many thanks! Asking the right questions is far from being an easy task when you're either building your strategy or even trying to understand others?! At Chicago the instructors instill you in a way you learn how to choose the right questions to ask. This very well coordinated and exciting learning process instructors put you through is really shaking and teaches you to see what really makes a difference to your business.

- Guilherme Leoni, Engineer, Petroleo Brasileiro S.A


An excellent vehicle to a comprehensive approach to strategy, with latest thinking and practices. Highly recommended for management through executive and corporate staffs.

- Richard M. Bartz, General Manager Commercial Products, H.R. Textron, Inc.


As an entrepreneur, these classes provided me with outstanding tools to manage and grow my business in both a creative and systematic fashion. Outstanding material and speakers.

- Doug Zell, CEO, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, Inc.


Fantastic educational experience. Faculty was extremely engaging and taught cutting-edge philosophies and approaches to strategy development.

- Michael W. Nelson, Director of Sales and Marketing, MeadWestvaco Corporation


I give the program an A+! A recipe for success - outstanding instructors, stimulating interaction with talented classmates, great program content, and a beautiful facility. Result - useful concepts I can take home and implement.

- Randy Kesterson, Senior VP - Operations, Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems, Inc.


I thought the seminar was excellent in providing a thoughtful and compelling range of analytical tools that will prove useful for making strategic planning decisions. Excellent for senior managers looking for real-time analytical frameworks.

- Marc Rovner, VP Business Development Consumer Healthcare Group, Pfizer


It was fantastic to dissect and analyze cases with other professionals from various industries and countries. It is insightful to see/hear the issues other industries are focused on and how they are preparing their organizations for these challenges. The peer-to-peer learning was rich.

- Ronny Bryant, Strategic Leadership Consultant, State Farm


Overall, the program covered a lot of ground and did so quite effectively. I especially liked the involvement of six faculty, providing a variety of perspectives on the broad subject of strategy.

- N. Guy Winebrenner, Director of Market Development, Progress Energy


Program drives to 'post program' implementation. Diverse styles of participants is a very positive element. The natural individualism comes through with the learning.

- Michael F. Nussbaum, President, C.O.O., Field Container Company, L.P.


Relevant content with real-world application. Challenging, enlightening program. It's true, the instructors focus on teaching you how to think - not what to think. First class, professional instructors. Strong content.

- Tony Hayden, VP Seating Business Unit, HON Co.


Taught me new concepts to apply - think differently. The instructors were, across the board, incredible!

- Cara Miller, CFO, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea


The course was well structured, challenging and well paced. The collective knowledge base and quality of teaching skills combined with a case study approach created a dynamic and stimulating learning environment. I enjoyed the class and it was a worthwhile investment.

- Sherri McArdle, President, McArdle Ramerman Inc.


The field has greatly evolved since I graduated from MBA school almost 30 years ago. I am facing industry analysis, corporate strategy and organizational issues. The presentations were geared exactly to fit my needs.

- Hernan G. Etcheto, COO, Canadian Inovatech, Inc.


This class delivered superior material on corporate competition, strategy and game theory. The professors facilitated all fundamental aspects that are required to succeed in a changing business environment.

- Craig Kinley, Sr. Director of Engineering and Network Operations, Airgate PCS, Inc.


This course is a first-rate offering for leaders in all industries. It is the product of excellent faculty, engaging teaching methods and great facilities. I will leave equipped with sound principles that can be applied to improve my strategic planning and help my business achieve long-term competitive advantages.

- Courtney Campbell, General Manager, Retail Banking, National Commercial Bank, Jamaica Limited


Very well done program. Good mix of lecture, small group discussions and class discuss. Especially enjoyed various perspectives offered by participants and professors guiding discussion in context of subject.

- Linda Scott, Manager Strategic Business, Caterpillar Inc.

The program is designed for vice presidents, general managers, strategic planners, consultants, corporate and business planners, and functional directors in marketing, finance, operations, and managers involved in the formulation and implementation of a company’s or business unit’s strategy.

Program Outline

Industry Analysis and Positioning

  • Economic framework for analyzing the structure of your industry
  • How the competitive position determines a firm's performance

Competitive Advantage, Sustainability, and Entry

  • How capabilities and assets determine competitive advantage
  • Effects of competition on competitive advantage and entry decisions

Corporate Strategy

  • Resource allocation and coordination between business units
  • Optimal scope in terms of diversification and vertical integration
  • Effective organization and management of multi-unit companies

Strategic Scenario Analysis and Game Theory

  • Integrate game theory and scenario analysis into a decision model
  • Interaction among firms in concentrated industries where reactions and counter-reactions are anticipated

Strategic Planning

  • Defining long-term and strategic objectives and initiatives
  • Translating strategic objectives into an execution plan

Strategy Implementation

  • Relationship between competitive strategy and organizational structure and resources that enable implementation
  • Organizational mechanisms required for effective implementation

New Venture Strategy

  • Analysis of new business opportunities
  • Analyze future competition for products which do not exist

Technology Strategy

  • Unique issues for technology industries
  • The impact technology shifts have on strategy across industries

Strategic Thinking and Decision Making

  • How to develop and analyze unique, creative strategies
  • Utilizing decision models and avoiding decision traps 

Upcoming Courses

Date Fee  
October 3 - 7, 2016 $9,985 Register Now »
February 13 - 17, 2017 $10,500 Register Now »
June 12 - 16, 2017 $10,500 Register Now »
October 30 - November 3, 2017 $10,500 Register Now »

Fee does not include accommodations.
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