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Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage

Jun 15, 2015 - Jun 19, 2015Philadelphia$10,000
Sep 14, 2015 - Sep 18, 2015Philadelphia$10,000

Program Overview

Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage will help you meet, head on, the challenge of building strategy. The program will distill and apply the latest strategic insights and approaches and will help you accurately assess the competition in your industry in a global context. Designed to broaden your perspective on how to make your organization more competitive, Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage examines a variety of options for growth, including alliances, acquisitions and internal corporate ventures.

In this program you will learn how to:

  • Create a cohesive and forceful business strategy.
  • Tailor the planning process to the needs of individual business units.
  • Enhance your ability to assess the strategic impact of the moves of your competitors and how to maintain competitive advantage.

Impact & Experience

By the end of this program, you will know how to accurately assess the competition in your industry. Through lectures and case studies, both in the classroom and in smaller work groups, you will examine how other companies have created competitive advantage in a global context. You will leave the program with specific tools that you can use to make an immediate strategic impact once you return to your company or organization.

Strategic Thinking session topics include:

  • Strategy Formulation and Business Planning
  • Corporate Growth via Acquisitions, Mergers, and Alliances
  • Creating and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage
  • Strategic Audit
  • Strategy under Uncertainty

Who Attends This Program

This program is designed for senior- and upper-middle-level executives who are responsible for strategy planning, implementation and business development. Executives who are moving into this role and wish to get a jump-start on the process will also benefit from this knowledge.

To further leverage the value and impact of Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer one of two exciting group benefits to companies sending four or more participants to this program.

Please note: at the request of the faculty, we are unable to admit strategy consultants into the program at this time.


  • Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

    Faculty Director

    David M. Knott Professor, Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choicesSee Faculty Bio

  • Harbir Singh, PhD

    Faculty Director

    The Mack Professor, Professor of Management; Vice Dean for Global Initiatives; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitionsSee Faculty Bio

  • Lawrence Hrebiniak, PhD

    Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Organizational adaptation, strategy formulation and implementationSee Faculty Bio

  • Martin Ihrig, PhD

    Adjunct Associate Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

    Research Interests: Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, InnovationSee Faculty Bio

  • Ian MacMillan, DBA

    The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management; Director, Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, new venture management, strategic managementSee Faculty Bio

  • Michael Useem, PhD

    William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, and governanceSee Faculty Bio

Program Logistics

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Contact a member of the Wharton Executive Education Client Relations team for more information on course specifics and to discuss how this program can meet your professional development needs. Please contact them by e-mail or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.

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"The week I spent in this program was one of the more productive weeks of my career. The program is a near-perfect blend of diverse faculty, current and relevant theory, and solid fundamental strategic analysis. The tools I acquired will pay dividends for years to come."
Shane Peery, Chief Financial Officer, Cherokee & Walker, Inc.


"A riveting learning experience, where advanced concepts and frameworks are outlined to give you powerful tools for effective strategic management."
Eduardo Scabbia, Director, Ag Business


"The Wharton experience is one of knowledge gathering and fulfillment. The cases used in this program kept the experience real and provoked serious thought into complex issues. Based on the immeasurable return on my investment, I have already enrolled in additional programs later this year."
Tim Hanke, Area Business Manager, Chiron BioPharmaceuticals

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