Strategic Thinking - your learning journey

This online course is 8 weeks long. It's long enough for you to apply to your own working context what you learn and to build good strategic thinking habits. Over the 8 weeks of courses, here's what you will learn:

Unit 1: Introduction to the program, platform, and participants

  • Learn how to navigate the program platform as well as how the three main program themes – diagnostics, alternatives and choice – combine to expand your thinking and build your strategic thinking capabilities.

Unit 2: Diagnostics - strengths & weaknesses

  • Build stronger links with other participants and a deeper understanding of the challenges facing mature markets threatened by technological change.
  • Enhance your strategic thinking by incorporating new perspectives.

Unit 3: Diagnostics - opportunities & threats

  • Develop an external strategic analysis of your business area, and use two frameworks to think more deeply about the way in which threats can be opportunities, and opportunities can also be threats.

Unit 4: Alternatives - performance moves

  • Progress to segment two by learning how to assess alternatives to improve your organization’s performance, and discover that strategic moves can occur in any order, depending on internal and external forces.

Unit 5: Alternatives - outpacing business models

  • Discover how to understand your competitive position and outpace your competitors or, for non-profits, how to deliver better value.
  • Examine how different moves can assist incumbents and new entrants.

Unit 6: Alternatives - strategic innovation domains

  • Advance your ability to choose between relevant strategic experiments.
  • Use three company examples to see how strategic innovation in value delivery and value proposition can be leveraged to support outpacing.

Unit 7: Choice - capability & resource gaps

  • Undertake the final segment, strategic choice, by learning how to conduct a gap analysis of your organizational capabilities and resources, then look at how to close the gaps.

Unit 8: Choice - smart focus

  • Focus on how to apply concepts and frameworks holistically to determine strategic focus.
  • To identify whether initiatives are worth pursuing, test their potential to create value and the risks associated with executing them.