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Strategic Thinking and Action

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Assess your organization's performance, and create new strategies to overcome uncertainty and meet new challenges head on.

  • Out-maneuver industry transformations, profit pressures, new competitors and evolving business models.
  • Spot opportunities in the shifting global marketplace, and position your organization to take advantage of them.
  • Envision potential scenarios, and develop new strategies to avoid the worst and attain the best outcomes for your organization.


Unlock the secrets of internationally competitive organizations.

  • Build a unified strategy to align your organization's units for sustainable growth and performance.
  • With the help of experts - in decision analysis, entrepreneurship, post-merger integration, and strategic planning and implementation - identify when, how and why certain strategies are most effective.
  • Workshop your ideas, and receive expert advice for turning strategies into action.


  • Gain a foundational understanding of competitive advantage and sustainability
  • Discover how companies create and capture value across the value chain
  • Understand how organizational capabilities are built in successful firms and why some firms fail
  • Maintain flexibility to overhaul strategic plans in response to breaking news
  • Determine which market conditions and corporate changes actually necessitate those shifts

Who should attend

This program is designed for managers and executives who want to secure their businesses against internal breakdowns and global threats.


Education: MA, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India; MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; Ph.D., University of Minnesota Sankaran Venkataraman ("Venkat") is the MasterCard Professor of Business Administration and senior associate dean for Faculty and Research at the...
Education:  B.S., MBA, Tulane University; Ph.D., University of Washington At Darden since 1986, Professor Jay Bourgeois has led the Strategy area and taught strategy, post-merger integration, and eastern philosophy.  He was Associate Dean for International Affairs and Director of the Darden Cent...
Education: B.S., Brigham Young University; SM, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology John Tyler Professor of Business Administration Samuel E. Bodily researches decision and risk analysis, strategy modeling and analysis, forecasting and lifetime consumption, and investment planning. He ha...


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