Excerpt from course description

The Practicing Strategist

Introduction

This is the final course for MSc in Business, Strategy majors. The course integrates and builds on knowledge gained in the other MSc courses. To prepare students for practical work in strategy, this course focuses on developing and applying the skills which are needed to operate as a strategist. In order to develop these skills, students will undertake a "live" strategy project for an organization. Students will be organized into groups, each with a unique project.

During the semester, interact directly with their “client organization”. The groups scope their projects, identify and gather data for their strategic analysis, and provide recommendations to their clients.

Course content

This course is a capstone experience in which groups of MSc students constitute strategy consulting teams and work on actual projects.

The course is a professionalization opportunity during which students: actively manage their project; collaboratively specify the project’s objectives; and develop research, analytical, and presentation skills. Bridging the gap between classroom and conference room, the experience will help students develop industry skills expected in professional consulting.

Much of the class involves “flipping the classroom” through student presentations of ongoing projects. This allows all students to learn from diverse projects while building presentation skills. The in-class sessions will function as consulting workshops, and as “tradecraft” sessions where we explore fundamental tools and techniques.

The consulting workshops emphasize learning through presentations, discussions, and by giving and receiving feedback.

Disclaimer

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