About this Specialization

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Paired with humorous elements and illustrating examples, the Competitive Strategy and Organization Design specialization is the ideal choice for curious individuals who enjoy unique learning experiences and innovative teaching approaches. Its style is likely to appeal especially to young, middle-aged and young-at-heart learners. The specialization is indended for learners interested in engaging in fundamental theories and concepts of strategy and organization and applying these to practice. Employed professionals and management students will benefit from deepening and refreshing their existing knowledge by means of our specialization. Learners with non-business backgrounds will gain valuable additional business insights complementing their existing knowledge. Participants will learn to understand and analyze ● behavior of organizations in situations in which strategic decisions are interdependent ● strategies to build up and maintain a customer base ● internal workings of an organization as well as its interaction with the outside world, i.e. partners, complementors and competitors ● the design of an effective organization that can compete, grow and adjust flexibly to different environments This specialization is the only online learning program in which students can learn and laugh at the same time. That said, we are looking forward to learning and laughing with you!
Learner Career Outcomes
57%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
12%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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Flexible Schedule

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Arabic, Portuguese (Brazilian)...
Learner Career Outcomes
57%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
12%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Arabic, Portuguese (Brazilian)...

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Competitive Strategy

4.7
stars
2,181 ratings
501 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Advanced Competitive Strategy

4.7
stars
610 ratings
128 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Strategic Organization Design

4.6
stars
156 ratings
35 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Competitive Strategy and Organization Design Project

4.3
stars
9 ratings
1 reviews

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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 5 to 6 months.

  • No background knowledge is required! Anyone interested in learning more about competitive strategies and the strategic design of organizations is welcome to join the Specialization.

  • We recommend to take the courses in the presented order, as they build on each other.

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  • You will improve your ability to analyze and understand strategic decisions of organizations and be able to improve your own decision making. You will have applied your new knowledge to a specific practical case and have gained experience in how to apply theoretical insights in every-day management decision making.

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