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Harvard Business School

Strategy—Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage

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Jun 2—7
6 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 15500
USD 2583 per day


In the fight for market leadership, your company must be able to build a winning strategy—and execute it seamlessly across multiple business lines. This program prepares you to identify and exploit sources of competitive advantage and implement game-changing action plans. You will develop the analytical skills and leadership vision to forecast industry trends, outmaneuver the competition, and sustain corporate success as the global economy evolves.

Key Benefits

This program takes a deep dive into the strategy development and execution process—from competitive positioning, competitor analyses, and strategic agility to corporate strategy, sustainability, and innovation and implementation. You will emerge with a framework for capturing market opportunities, determining the moves of industry competitors, and harnessing your firm's resources to build and secure a strategic competitive advantage.


Design and evolve more effective strategies

  • Understand sources of advantage in your industry and geography
  • Distinguish between short-run gains and lasting competitive advantage
  • Adapt your strategy to global market shifts

Transform ideas into successful action plans

  • Analyze strategic trade-offs as you identify the resources and organizational changes needed to execute your strategy
  • Transform a single, focused business into a multibusiness company
  • Execute and coordinate strategy across multiple lines of business and global markets

Expand your personal and professional network

  • Extend your network by living and working with accomplished executives from various backgrounds, industries, and countries across the globe
  • Build relationships with a diverse group of peers who can provide wide-ranging insights into your business challenges and career decisions

Who should attend

This program is appropriate for senior executives who are responsible for developing and implementing competitive strategy for a company or business unit, such as:

  • Chief executive officer, chief operating officer, divisional president, and vice president
  • Chief financial officer and chief innovation officer
  • Managing director, general manager, and director

Attendance by multiple company representatives will foster teamwork and amplify the program's impact.


Felix Oberholzer-Gee is the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. A member of the faculty since 2003, Professor Oberholzer-Gee received his Masters degree, summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Zurich. H...
Sunil Gupta is the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also the co-chair of the executive program on Driving Digital Strategy. In the recent past, he has taught an elective course on Digital Marketing ...
Bharat Anand is the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, and the faculty chair of the HBX initiative. He also serves on the university''s HarvardX Faculty Committee. His research is in applied and empirical industrial organization, a...


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