Course description

The Practicing Strategist


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.

Course content

The course will typically include, but is not limited to, the following themes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Strategizing in the context of the professional service firm
  3. Doing a project - problem definition; industry, company, and issue analyses; client relations; process execution; final presentation and report
  4. Skills in conducting a project - team work; analysis; managing processes, time, and expectations; building narratives; networking

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, team presentations, discussions, presentations from professionals, one-on-one advising, etc.
Project groups will receive faculty supervision.

Learning outcome knowledge

  1. To integrate the previous 5 required courses in the MSc in Business, Strategy specialisation
  2. To gain insight into the practice of strategic analysis/consulting
  3. To gain experience in real projects

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 20%
  • Written assignment: 10%
  • Written assignment: 40%
  • Presentation: 30%