About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with business is helpful, but not required.

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Korean, Arabic

What you will learn

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    How to evaluate industry evolution

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    How to build and sustain competitive advantage

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    How to formulate and assess business strategies

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    How to align efforts to organizational strategy

Skills you will gain

Strategic AnalysisStrategic ManagementStrategic ThinkingBusiness Strategy

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with business is helpful, but not required.

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Korean, Arabic

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Foundations of Business Strategy

4.8
1,231 ratings
255 reviews

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.

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Course2

Advanced Business Strategy

4.7
555 ratings
96 reviews

Advance your strategic analysis skills in this follow-up to Foundations of Business Strategy. In this course, you'll learn the tools to analyze strategy across time (competitive dynamics), industries ( corporate strategy), geographies (international strategy), and institutions (non-market strategy). We'll introduce the tools you need to complete a comprehensive evaluation and understand the strategy dynamics of an industry: Competitive Lifecycle, Internationalization and Stakeholder Analyses, and Diversification Matrices. We'll apply these tools in case studies of industry leaders Disney, Orascom Telecom Holding, Sony, and GE Healthcare India.

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Course3

Business Growth Strategy

4.7
349 ratings
54 reviews

Get the tools you need to analyze, evaluate and recommend specific actions organizations can take to grow their value and avoid common growth pitfalls. Learn to determine how best to build value, whether by scaling existing markets, entering established markets or creating new markets through innovation and acquisitions. Apply these concepts in case studies of industry leaders JetBlue, Starbucks, Intel Corporate Venturing and Tata Motors.

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Course4

Strategic Planning and Execution

4.7
255 ratings
51 reviews

Avoid the pitfalls of strategy planning and execution with the tools and skills from this course. You'll learn the pillars of strategy execution--analysis, formulation, and implementation--and how to use the 4A model to effectively approach strategy execution. Finally, a panel of leaders from entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and industry, share their expertise gleaned from years of successful strategy planning and execution.

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Instructors

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Michael Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer
Darden School of Business
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Jared Harris

Samuel L. Slover Research Chair in Business Administration
Darden School of Business
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Scott Snell

E. Thayer Bigelow Research Professor in Business Administration
Darden School of Business

About University of Virginia

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in about 6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on demand, with cohorts opening each month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over. The Capstone is offered a few times per year.

  • No background knowledge is required. This Specialization is designed for all professionals interested in enhancing their business strategy skills, including executives, entrepreneurs, management consultants, financial analysts, and nonprofit sector leaders and employees.

  • We suggest you take the courses in the order presented to get maximum benefit from the materials.

  • UVA's Darden School of Business does not currently offer university credit for completing this Specialization.

  • You will be able to conduct a strategic analysis, make recommendations for firm positioning and value creation, analyze a firm’s market position and capabilities alongside industry dynamics, and execute a strategic analysis.

  • Admission to Darden is highly competitive and based on a number of requirements, including undergraduate record and degree, GMAT scores, and work experience. Successful completion of the Specialization is in no way a guarantee of admission.

  • Our video lectures are designed to be self-contained; therefore, we suggest but do not require readings. The suggested readings have been selected to enhance the course experience; however, not all of the intellectual property owners of these materials make them freely available on the internet. While we strive to find sources of additional materials which are freely available, sometimes the best additional materials we would like to alert students to (books, magazine articles, journal articles or newspaper articles) are only available from their respective copyright owners for compensation. Rather than not alert the students to these materials, we have decided to list them and let students make their own decision on whether they would like to invest the money to view these materials.

  • All course materials are for your personal use while participating in this course. You are not allowed to share or distribute them in any form; however, they are available for licensing. If you’re interested, please contact DardenOnline@darden.virginia.edu.

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