Strategy and Structure: Markets and Organizations (Booth, MBA, Winter 2022-)
In this course, we examine the powerful and complex role of social organization - the firm's formal structure, its culture, and the characteristics of the people who work there - in strategy execution. This course provides students with an overarching framework for thinking about the relationship between strategy, the organization and the firm's environment. Using this framework, students will identify and characterize the strategies and organizational structures of existing firms, assess alignment between strategy and organizational structure, and identify steps a firm could take to increase the likelihood of executing its strategy successfully. We consider topics such as innovation, mergers/acquisitions, new ventures, and organizational change.
Strategic and Entrepreneurial Thinking (Leeds, Sophomore, Spring 2019-Fall 2020)
This course is designed to provide beginners with a set of critical thinking skills and theoretical tools related to strategy and entrepreneurship. After taking this course, students can have a better understanding of the viewpoints, decisions, and dilemmas of CEOs, entrepreneurs, or division managers, which prepares them for more advanced studies and/or internships in the real business world.