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What you will learn

  • How to identify and evaluate opportunities to scale an organization

  • How to enter new markets and apply game theory to analyze, assess, and respond to competitors

  • How to assess the impact of a potential merger and acquisition and avoid common pitfalls of this type of growth

  • How to unlock the keys to innovation, from building an innovative capability to adding value from innovation to determining an innovation strategy

Skills you will gain

Mergers And Acquisitions (M&A)innovation strategyStrategic ThinkingBusiness Strategygrowth strategy

Learner Career Outcomes

67%

started a new career after completing these courses

57%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks, 2-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Growth through Scaling

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 78 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Why Grow?9m
Strategy and Growth3m
Growth Alternatives7m
Growth Risks7m
Growth through Scaling9m
Scenario Planning5m
Scenario Planning Step 15m
Scenario Planning Steps 2 and 37m
Scenario Planning Steps 4 and 56m
Module Lessons2m
Strategist's Toolkit: Scenario Planning7m
4 readings
Course Overview10m
Course Requirements10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
Using the Discussion Forums10m
1 practice exercise
Growth through Scaling40m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Growth through Entry

1 hour to complete
8 videos (Total 48 min)
8 videos
Using Game Theory to Understand Rivalry8m
Using Game Theory to Understand Cooperation7m
Identifying Potential Rivals8m
Pre-entry Strategies5m
Post-entry Strategies7m
Module Lessons1m
Strategist's Toolkit: Payoff Matrices2m
1 practice exercise
Growth through Entry40m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Growth through Acquisition

2 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 65 min)
12 videos
Pros and Cons of Acquisitions5m
Pitfalls of Growth Through Acquisition7m
Why Firms Overpay for Acquisitions5m
Alternatives to Acquisition7m
Identifying Successful Acquisition Opportunities3m
Acquisition Analysis5m
Strategic Benefit: Value of the Target2m
Avoiding Overpaying4m
Acquisition Analysis: Opportunity Costs6m
Module Lessons4m
Strategist's Toolkit: Acquisition Analysis5m
1 practice exercise
Growth through Acquisition40m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Growth through Innovation

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Innovation Strategies3m
Developing an Innovative Capability6m
Keys to Innovation3m
Organizing for Innovation6m
Appropriating Value from Innovations2m
Intellectual Property Protection7m
Complementary Assets4m
Determining an Innovation Strategy5m
Module Lessons1m
Strategist's Toolkit: Real Options Analysis2m
1 reading
Assignment Overview15m
1 practice exercise
Growth through Innovation40m

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About the Business Strategy Specialization

This Specialization covers both the dynamics and the global aspects of strategic management. 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 comprehensive Strategic Analysis for an existing business or a venture of your own....
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