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Foundations of Business Strategy (Coursera)

Develop your ability to think strategically, analyze the competitive environment, and recommend firm positioning and value creation. In this course, we will explore the underlying theory and frameworks that provide the foundations of a successful business strategy and provide the tools you need to understand that strategy: SWOT, Competitor, Environmental, Five Forces, and Capabilities Analyses, as well as Strategy Maps. We’ll apply these tools in case studies of industry leaders Google, Redhook, Piaggio and Apple.


Week 1: Introduction to Strategic Analysis

Week 2: Analyzing Industry Structure

Week 3: Analyzing Firm Capabilities

Week 4: Determining Competitive Position

Foundations of Business Strategy is course 1 of 5 in the Business Strategy Specialization.

This Specialization covers both the dynamics and the global aspects of strategic management. With cases drawn from leading companies like Disney, Microsoft and Zappos, you’ll learn how to evaluate industry evolution, build and sustain competitive advantage, formulate and assess business strategies, and align efforts to organizational strategy. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills by creating a complete strategic plan for an existing business or a venture of your own. Top-rated Capstone Projects will be reviewed by Professors Michael J. Lenox and Jared D. Harris and as many as 50 top Specialists in Business Strategy will have their application fees to Darden waived.