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Architecture of Competitive Advantage

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Strategy, Organizational Behavior and Theory

Course Description

This course investigates approaches that firms use to create and capture value by identifying the types of (often) hidden sources of advantage firms must recognize to thrive in a modern economy. By using a hands-on case-based approach, this course helps students develop the ability to identify sources of advantage by looking at the unique character and characteristics of firms and how these aspects create (or do not create) advantage. Topics include dynamic positioning, technology discontinuities, status in markets, market entry, and internal firm dynamics. This course is targeted to those interested in careers in strategy – whether it be in the service industries like consulting, investment banking or private equity, as a manager in your own company, or as a functional role in an organization.


Lecture: 100min/wk and Recitation: 50min/wk