Business Strategy Specialization

Starts Nov 21

Business Strategy Specialization

Steer Your Business to Success. Generate value and demonstrate global impact in four courses.

About This Specialization

This Specialization covers both the dynamics and the global aspects of strategic management. With cases drawn from leading companies like Disney, Microsoft and Zappos, 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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5 courses

Follow the suggested order or choose your own.


Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.


Highlight your new skills on your resume or LinkedIn.

Projects Overview

Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Foundations of Business Strategy

    4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week
    English, Vietnamese, Portuguese (Brazilian)

    About the Course

    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
  2. COURSE 2

    Advanced Business Strategy

    4 weeks of study, 2-6 hours/week
    English, Korean, Arabic

    About the Course

    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 (inter
  3. COURSE 3

    Business Growth Strategy

    4 weeks, 2-6 hours/week
    English, Korean, Arabic

    About the Course

    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
  4. COURSE 4

    Strategic Planning and Execution

    4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    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 ex
  5. COURSE 5

    Business Strategy in Practice (Project-centered Course)

    Upcoming session: Dec 17
    8 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week

    About the Course

    A Capstone Project is an assignment designed specifically to apply and showcase the skills you learned in the Specialization. To this end, the Business Strategy Capstone Project, a comprehensive Strategic Analysis, provides an opportunity fo


  • University of Virginia

    The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global-minded, and responsible leaders.

    A premier institution of higher education, The University of Virginia offers outstanding academics, world-class faculty, and an inspiring, supportive environment. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University is guided by his vision of discovery, innovation, and development of the full potential of students from all walks of life. Through these courses, global learners have an opportunity to study with renowned scholars and thought leaders.

  • Michael Lenox

    Michael Lenox

    Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer
  • Jared Harris

    Jared Harris

    Samuel L. Slover Research Chair in Business Administration
  • Scott Snell

    Scott Snell

    E. Thayer Bigelow Research Professor in Business Administration