Strategic Analysis

STR404 Strategic Analysis

Spring 2019

Autumn 2019
  • Topics

    This course is fundamentally about understanding why some firms are more profitable than others. The overriding goal of the course is to understand the forces that create and destroy profitability differences and the link between these forces and strategic decisions.

    - Understand why profitability levels vary across markets, and how and why competitive forces might change industry profitability

    - Understand why profitability differs within markets and the creation and destruction of competitive advantage

    - How to analyze key strategic decisions

    - Positioning Choices

    - Boundary Choices

    - Competitive Interaction

  • Learning outcome

    In this course the students gain advanced knowledge in strategic analysis building on their existing knowledge of basics in strategy. They learn about the theoretical basis of the strategic tools and how to apply these tools to business cases in the private and public sector. Moreover, they learn about the new frontiers in strategic analysis and how to apply strategic analysis in the network and digitalized economy.


    Knowledge - the candidate...

    • has advanced knowledge within strategic analysis and specialized insight in a limited area
    • has thorough knowledge of the scholarly methods in strategic analysis
    • can apply knowledge to new areas within strategic analysis
    • can analyze academic problems on the basis of strategic management theories

    Skills - The candidate...

    • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
    • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems

    Competence - The candidate...

    • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
    • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field
    • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public

  • Teaching

    Lectures, class room discussion, case discussions.

  • Required prerequisites

    Students will be assumed to have had an introductory course in strategic management at the bachelor level and know basic microeconomics

  • Requirements for course approval

    One course paper (approved/not approved).

  • Assessment

    Eight hour individual home exam.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale A - F.

  • Computer tools

    Access to canvas is required.

  • Literature

    Besanko, Dranove, Shaneley and Schaefer (2017): Economics of Strategy. 7th ed. International Student Version. Wiley.

    Compendium of academic articles


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2018.

Course responsible

Christine Meyer, Department of Strategy and Management