Business and Corporate Level Strategy

ORG503 Business and Corporate Level Strategy

  • Topics


    The concept of strategy

    - The discipline of strategy - a short retrospective

    - The importance of industry

    - The resource-based view of strategy

    - Industry - and firm specific effects on performance

    - Business level strategies

    - Generic and situational strategies

    - Turning - when to enter?

    - Strategy decision and top management cognition

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    The basic question strategy attempts to answer is why some firms are more successful than other firms. How does strategy answer the question why some firms are more profitable than others? What conditions lead to success? These questions are answered focusing on different aspects of strategy.

    Strategy is a field of study that borrows from many different disciplines such as microeconomics, business economics, industrial economics, organization theory and marketing. The field is in continual development and recently has drawn on other areas as well, such as cognitive psychology.

    The purpose of the course is to give students insight in to strategy´s theoretical foundations and central issues; as well as to contribute to their ability to understand and analyze strategic problems.

    The course will be a mixture of lectures, guest lecturers, discussions of problems and theories.

    The participants will also be confronted with the challenges facing empirical study of strategic problems.

    Learning outcome

    More specifically a student taking this course will have a professional level command of:

    - Theoretical bases of the strategy field

    - Application of different theories for research in substantive areas of the strategy field, e.g. sources of first mover advantages, the corporation as a source of competitive (dis-)advantages, implementation of intended strategies

    - Methodological alternatives and paradigms in strategy research

    - Planning executing and publishing research in strategy

    Knowledge - The candidate...

    is in the forefront of knowledge within his/her academic field and masters the field´s philosophy of science and/or artistic issues and methods

    can evaluate the appropriateness and application of different methods and processes in research and scholarly and/or artistic development projects

    can contribute to the development of new knowledge, new theories, methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in Business and Corporate Level Strategy

    Skills - The candidate...

    can formulate problems, plan and carry out research and scholarly and/or artistic development work

    can carry out research and scholarly and/or artistic research work of a high international standard

    can handle complex academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field

    Competence - The candidate...

    can identify new relevant ethical issues and carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity

    can manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

    can communicate research and development work through recognized Norwegian and international channels

    can participate in debates in the field in international forums

    can assess the need for, initiate and practice innovation

  • Teaching


    Intensively (3 days' modules)

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    Requirements are presence during classes, and preparation for leading the discussion of selected parts of the course literature. Students are also required to prepare written abstracts of selected articles and a course paper. Topic for the course paper is chosen after consultation with the teachers. The course paper is presented at the final meeting.

  • Assessment


    Term paper.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading: Pass / fail.

  • Semester



  • Literature


    To be announced


ECTS Credits
Teaching language
Spring, Autumn

Course responsible

Rune Lines, Department Strategy and Management