Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 17.10.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I autumn (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course combines a strong focus on advanced concepts in strategic management with a focus on developing skills in strategy analysis and formulation.

The students will during the course learn to

• analyse technology-based businesses and competitive environments, and apply central firm and business strategy frameworks and metrics,
• develop skills in doing a business case analysis, and identifying key factors that influence business, profitability, and competitive advantages, and
• formulate and justify a business and corporate strategy for a technology-based firm. The students will learn these skills for a diverse range of technologies, markets, and industries.

In addition, the course takes a specific focus on strategy analysis and formulation in increasingly digital environments. The course thus focuses centrally on advancing students skills in:

• identifying key success factors with digital technologies and platform business; and understanding platform economics,
• analysing business opportunities in increasingly digital business environments; and compare alternative platform designs; and
• formulating growth and defence strategies for digital and platform businesses.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The learning methods used in this course include lectures, in-class discussion, mini case exercises, case assignments, articles, and presentations exam. These are supported by course readings on selected advanced topics in strategic management. The orientation of the course combines a strong focus on advanced theoretical concepts with a managerial orientation. Students will get exposed to recent research in strategic management and discuss how these can be utilized in real world circumstances. By using the case-oriented teaching approach to situate concepts, frameworks and analytical tools, students are placed in simulated managerial roles where they can experience the application of the concepts of strategy in management situations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Written assignments, presentations, and class activity.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 24 hours, individual case assessment 64 hours, peer-evaluation 10 hours, group work with cases 12 h, and self-study (articles) 24 hours.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces the course TU 91.136 and TU-91.2004.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=TU-E1010

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

TU-A1100 Industrial Engineering and Management 1/TU-A1200 Introduction to Industrial Management and Engineering, Swedish, TU-C2010 Introduction to Strategic Management.

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The number of students is limited (boundaries set by the case teaching approach). Students are given priority as follows: 1) students of the Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, and Master's Programme in Strategy, 2) students of the Master's Programme in Information Networks (four (4) slots reserved), 3) students minoring Strategy and Corporate Renewal and 4) exchange students. Note that all students belonging to categories 2-4 need to apply separately to the course, i.e. it is not sufficient to enroll in Oodi. For more information about the application procedure, please see course website. Please note that we are primarily not accepting students to the course that do not have a Bachelor's degree. A bachelor student who has over 150 ECTS and has strong reasons to take the course can apply separately to the course as described above.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Although a variety of pedagogical methods will be used, classroom time will revolve primarily around application of the theoretical concepts and strategy frameworks (assigned readings) through cases. As in all such case-oriented classes, class attendance and participation are not only desired, but required for the successful completion of the course.

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