MGT-400 / 4 credits

Teacher: Tatarinov Katherine

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


Summary

Why are some firms more successful than others? This is the fundamental question of strategy. A key concern of managers is the complex and uncertain relationship between the firm, its strategy, its performance and its environment. Study competition and strategy from the perspective of top managers.

Content

Keywords

Corporate strategy, business strategy, competitive advantage, firm performance.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Discuss key concepts, models and tools of strategy, in a business context
  • Apply a few basic indicators of firm performance
  • Synthesize firm level information and facts
  • Assess / Evaluate firm level corporate and business strategies of real firms
  • Make strategic recommendations for a real firm, to the top management of a company

Transversal skills

  • Identify the different roles that are involved in well-functioning teams and assume different roles, including leadership roles.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking

Teaching methods

Reading and discussion of key theoretical frameworks; group work: in and outside class; case discussions; guest lectures & discussions with company representatives.

Expected student activities

Attend all classes (2 waivers across entire course, per student)

Read material assigned for the course

Read and prepare case studies (individual)

Participate actively in class discussions and news presentations

Synthesize and teach/present a (business) case study (team work)

Complete a group project (team work)

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment combining:

30% team project

40% midterm exam

20% team case study presentation

10% in class participation/discussion

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

Textbook: the course will incorporate subjects from various textbooks and will not rely on a single book for the course. EPFL library should have some copies of these textbook and others on strategy/management and you are free to get your own as well. Some suggestions of three below.

Textbooks:

- Contemporary Strategy Analysis, Robert M. Grant, Wiley

- Strategic Management, Frank Rothaermel, McGraw Hill Book Co.

- Corporate Strategy: Tools for Analysis and Decision-Making, Puranam and Vanneste

Further class material will be through Moodle. Enrolment through Moodle is REQUIRED.

Please download all documents prior to each class and read as requested.

Case studies will be provided through The Case Centre.

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 50
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Corporate strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 50
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Corporate strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 50
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Corporate strategy
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10 ODY016   
10-11    
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Tuesday, 9h - 12h: Lecture ODY016