Executive Program in Corporate Strategy

Strengthen yourself as a leader by adding strategic value to your company. Translate objectives into an execution plan across multiple units, learn how to coordinate and communicate corporate strategy, and evaluate your strategy to combat competition.

This program will be held in a live-online format over two weeks in October 2020.  Please check back here soon for in-person 2021 dates.

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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:

  • Better understand the economics of value creation and competitive advantage in your industry.
  • Appreciate the importance of taking a customer-centric view of your business to drive innovation and growth.
  • Assess and refine your company’s strategy and business model.
  • Create coherence between corporate level strategy and lines of business strategy.

In October, this program will be held in a live-online format.

Week 1: October 19-23, 2020
Week 2: October 26-29, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CT

This program is for senior-level executives and general managers who are responsible for the formulation and implementation of corporate strategy in a multi-national firm.

Titles include: president, CEO, CFO, vice president, director, partner, and senior manager.

Toby E. Stuart

Professor; Leo Helzel Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Faculty Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

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. He received his first chaired, full professorship at the University of Chicago at the age of 32. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in economics from Carleton College.

Professor Stuart is the recipient of the 2007 Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, which is granted every other year to recognize one individual’s contributions to entrepreneurship research. He has also received the Administrative Science Quarterly’s Scholarly Contribution (best paper) award, as well as multiple teaching awards. Professor Stuart’s research ranges from social networks and social media, to questions surrounding leadership and strategy in multi-business corporations.

At Harvard and Columbia Business Schools, he served as course head for Entrepreneurship and Strategy Formulation, respectively. Professor Stuart has taught MBA and executive courses in the areas of corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, innovation and technology strategy, venture capital and private equity, and entrepreneurship. He launched and remains co-director of the Executive Program in Corporate Strategy at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and he has co-directed Harvard Business School’s Corporate-Level Strategy Program for senior executives. He has served as a consultant or executive educator at many dozens of companies around the world. Currently, he is an advisory board member of five startups founded by remarkable entrepreneurs, including Ovascience (Ticker: OVSC), Kyruus (backers: Venrock and Highland Capital) and GoEuro (Backer: Haso Planter Ventures).

Robert H. Gertner

Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; John Edwardson Faculty Director Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
Robert H. Gertner has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises. He has published papers in numerous scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and the Yale Law Journal. He is co-author, with colleagues Douglas Baird and Randy Picker, of Game Theory and the Law. Gertner teaches courses in strategic decision-making, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing.

Gertner received a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics and was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting positions at CEPREMAP in Paris, Cornell Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest

Gertner received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He worked as a consultant for AT&T prior to attending MIT.

Chad Syverson

George C. Tiao Distinguished Service Professor

Chad Syverson's research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. His research has been published in several top journals and has earned multiple National Science Foundation Awards. He also coauthored (with Austan Goolsbee and Steve Levitt) an intermediate-level text, Microeconomics.

"My engineering background definitely spurred my research interest in productivity. I like to visit factories and investigate how things are put together, what can go wrong when they are, and what factors influence companies’ operating success (or lack thereof)."

Syverson serves as an editor of the Journal of Political Economy and is on the editorial board of several other journals. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has recently served on National Academies committees and as the chair of the Chicago Census Research Data Center Board. Prior to his appointment at the University of Chicago, Syverson was a mechanical engineer co-op for Loral Defense Systems and Unisys Corporation.

He earned two bachelor's degrees in 1996 from the University of North Dakota, one in economics and one in mechanical engineering. He earned his PhD in economics in 2001 from the University of Maryland. Syverson joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008.

Gregory D. Bunch

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Greg Bunch draws on a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, manager, consultant, alderman, and teacher. He is the founder of Masterplan International Corporation, a strategy consulting firm. He was also a partner at Brandtrust, a brand strategy consultancy. Greg co-founded a healthcare software start-up in the Bay Area. He has served on corporate boards for financial services, healthcare, retail, franchising and marketing firms.

He works with Fortune 50 companies, family businesses and start-ups in the areas of innovation and strategy. He has worked with a broad array of companies including Abbott Labs, American Express, Danaher, Dover, ETS, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, McDonalds, PepsiCo, State Farm and Yum! Brands.

Greg was an alderman in the City of West Chicago, serving on the infrastructure, public safety and development committees.

Greg has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to strategy, creating customers, and innovation. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in philosophy and an MDiv from Harvard University.

Ram Shivakumar

Adjunct Professor of Economics and Strategy
Ram Shivakumar specializes in industrial organization and financial economics. His research has appeared in the California Management Review, Journal of International Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the Journal of Sports Economics, Emerging Markets Quarterly and the Journal of Industrial Economics.

Shivakumar received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Madras, India, a master's degree in financial mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in economics from Indiana University.

Shivakumar is an avid crossfit, yoga and golf enthusiast.

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 multiunit 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
  • Competitive strategy, 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 

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.


The administration personnel was 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 UChicago, 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 


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.


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 of Operations, Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems, Inc.


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


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