Business Strategy from Wharton: Competitive Advantage

Course 1 of 3: Professional Certificate in Business Strategy from Wharton: Competitive Advantage 6 Weeks 3–4 hours per week
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About this course

Maintaining a competitive advantage takes more than great timing or a single solution. Sustainable advantage requires a well-designed and well-executed strategy. This course was created to give you the tools and frameworks you need to develop and execute a successful strategy.

You’ll learn how to evaluate your own strategy, as well as how to locate sources of potential competitive advantage from a perspective that encompasses the internal, external, and dynamic fit of your strategy. You’ll also learn how to enhance your ability to assess the strategic impact of the moves of your competitors and how to maintain competitive advantage, understand the general drivers that create and sustain competitive advantage, and how to identify organizational barriers to change.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to assess and redesign your current strategy and develop plans for effective implementation to give your firm a competitive advantage.

 

What you’ll learn

  • Evaluate your strategic environment in the present and the future
  • Identify the differences between organizational effectiveness and strategic positioning
  • Map core and supporting activities of your firm and how they interact with each other
  • Locate organizational barriers to strategy implementation and organizational change
  • Engage in a strategic planning process that works

Prerequisites

  • Familiarity with basic business concepts
  • This is a graduate level course

Meet Your Instructors

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Nicolaj Siggelkow

David M. Knott Professor of Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Nicolaj Siggelkow is the David M. Knott Professor of Management, and a Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Siggelkow has been the recipient of multiple MBA and Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Awards, and his research has been published in the leading management journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Industrial Economics, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization.
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Experience Level

Intermediate

Learning Partner

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Program Type

Professional Certificate

Subject

Business & Management
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