Making Sense of Strategy
Get the strategy right, and the chance for success is great. Nowhere is this more evident than in today's world of major challenges. Strategy is at the heart of problem solving and achieving objectives, yet few people can define strategy, much less understand how to conceptualize, design, and execute effective strategies that yield the best outcomes. This course will meet twice a week to focus on interesting and engaging case studies, each of which illustrates a key ingredient of strategy. Some are well-known historical events, while others are less obvious, but all have a strategic lesson to share. The cases are quite diverse, from the planning of a high-risk rescue in the Colorado Rockies, to a product crisis in a Fortune 500 company, to a little-known failed military mission of WWII, to a complicated federal regulatory issue. The ability to think through challenging and varied scenarios is both instructive and mind-stretching. There will be some pre-reading on each case study. The course is designed to be highly interactive—all to enable students to unravel the mystery and power of strategic thinking. In class, students will often be broken into teams - a collaborative approach often central to problem-solving. This course can help students not only prepare for a career in a range of fields, but also as they meet the challenges of their current coursework. Problem-solving skills are central in every walk of life. This seminar can help students build a stronger foundation for sound decision making.
COURSE OFFERED IN WINTER AND SPRING QUARTERS.