After successful completion of the course, you are able to:
- Explain advanced topics in the field of corporate-level strategy in an oral presentation [comprehension];
- Review the contribution, form, literature, theory, methods, and discussion and conclusion of scientific papers in the field of corporate-level strategy in an oral presentation [evaluation];
- Initiate, lead, and draw conclusions on a discussion involving the scientific and practical value of scientific papers in the field of corporate-level strategy [synthesis/creation];
- Provide reasoned contributions to the discussion of the scientific and practical value of scientific papers in the field of corporate-level strategy [evaluation];
- Assess the explanation, review, and discussion of scientific papers in the field of corporate-level strategy [evaluation];
- Provide recommendations on a firm's future corporate-level strategy, based on an advanced analysis and evaluation of its current strategy [synthesis/creation].
Only students of the Master's program of Strategic Management are admitted and only if they have registered via the program's general Blackboard page before the deadline that is mentioned there (see MSc Strategic Management General Program Information).
Attendance of the first class in the first week of the study unit is of key importance since vital information will be shared and teams will be formed. Classes already start in the final week of August. All classes following the first one are also mandatory.
The final grade is composed as follows:
In order to pass the course, the grade for each individual component should be at least a 5 and the weighted average should be at least a 6. We apply self and peer evaluation to individualize the grades of the team assignments.
- Individual assignments (60%);
- Team assignments (40%).
Only students that are registered as MSc Strategic Management students are admitted to this course.
In the Master’s program of Strategic Management, we address several levels of strategy. Whereas other courses of the program deal with business-level strategy and international strategy, this course focuses on corporate-level strategy. Basically, this involves the question of where to compete, or, in other words, what the portfolio of businesses of a firm should be. However, corporate-level strategy is in itself a rather broad field that encompasses various topics, from the design to the implementation of strategy. During the course, you learn advanced knowledge and skills involving these topics. Besides, you acquire important academic skills, which are useful for your master’s thesis, but also for your future career. These skills are related to review, presentation, and discussion. Moreover, the connection with practice is vital in the course. This comes in the form of a sophisticated analysis of and advice on the corporate-level strategy of a corporation in practice. We also include smaller applications of the findings of scientific research to practical examples.|
With respect to the work forms, the course does not rely on traditional lectures and tutorials. Instead, during classes you are activated because you present, lead discussions, act as discussant, and take part in discussions. You have to perform individually, but also as part of a team.
Type of instructions
4 hours of interactive lectures per week
Type of exams
individual assignments (60%) and team assignments (40%)
- We rely on papers that have been published in leading international journals. The reading list is published on the course's Canvas page. You have to download these papers yourself through the library website.
- We recommend prior reading of chapters on corporate-level strategy, entry modes, and strategy implementation from a textbook on strategy or one that is dedicated to corporate-level strategy, as these provide useful background information. Literature that you need for the company assignment is mentioned in the separate document that can be found on Canvas.