Competitive Strategy

Kellogg School of Management

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Who should attend

  • Mid-level to senior executives responsible for strategic planning, general management and acquisitions
  • Managers of marketing, operations and other functional areas who aspire to take on strategy-focused responsibilities
  • Cross-functional teams engaging in their strategic planning process

About the course

Creating and sustaining competitive advantage

Competitive advantage is not only difficult to achieve — it’s a challenge to maintain, especially in times of uncertainty and change. In a highly collaborative learning environment, you’ll learn how to leverage top Kellogg faculty members' latest thinking on how to remain competitive in challenging markets. You’ll gain practical insights from in-depth examination of the experiences of other leading companies and why certain strategies fail and others succeed.

As you work with fellow, likeminded participants, you’ll explore how best to apply those insights to build a solid foundation for your own profitability and growth. You’ll sharpen your analytic skills, learn how to capitalize on growth opportunities and avoid strategic mistakes. You’ll leave with a clear articulation of your organization’s competitive advantages and a powerful, long-term action plan for making the most of your competitive strengths.

Key Benefits

  • Develop and sharpen your analytic strategy skills
  • Examine theories and frameworks for identifying and exploiting profitable opportunities
  • Learn how to avoid strategic mistakes
  • Gain valuable insight from the successes and failures of respected firms and the issues they face looking forward

Program Content

Fundamentals of Competitive Strategy

  • Learn analytical frameworks for strategy formulation
  • Understand the economics of value creation and capture

External Environment Analysis

  • Explore the market forces underlying industry profitability and firm performance
  • Learn modern game-theory approaches for competing effectively with a small number of rivals
  • Understand industry evolution and optimal responses to growth opportunities and shakeouts
  • Identify winner-takes-all markets – a different battle

Internal Profitability Analysis

  • Articulate and evaluate competitive advantage
  • Assess the long-term sustainability of competitive advantage
  • Develop resources and effective capabilities for strategic investments
  • Capitalize on growth opportunities through strategic positioning and fit

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Thomas Hubbard

Thomas Hubbard has been a professor at Kellogg since 2005, and served as Senior Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives from 2012-2015. Before coming to Kellogg, he was a professor at the University of Chicago GSB and the University of California, Los Angeles. During 2004-5, he was a visiting profe...

Michael Mazzeo

Michael J. Mazzeo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Strategy, and a Faculty Associate at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research and the Faculty Director of Kellogg's Chicago Campus.  He serves on the editorial board of the Review of Industrial Organization. Mazzeo's...

Meghan Busse

Meghan Busse joined the Kellogg faculty in 2008 as an Associate Professor of Strategy. Prior to that, she was on the faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and at the Yale School of Management. At Kellogg, she teaches the core strategy course and an elective course on the economics...

Craig Garthwaite

Professor Garthwaite is the Herman R. Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services, a Professor of Strategy, and the Director of the Program on Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK). He is an applied economist whose research examines the business of healthcare with a focus on the interaction b...

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