The Strategy Specialization introduces you to advanced strategy frameworks and quantitative techniques that support a rigorous analysis of profitable business growth in dynamic market and non-market environments. Recent surveys show that finding future sources of business growth is the single most important strategic problem that top executives have on their agendas. This is why a large fraction of the consulting projects commissioned to top companies such as McKinsey, the Boston Consulting Group or Bain focus on the topic of growth. The Strategy Specialization curriculum has been reverse-engineered to specifically cater to this positioning.

The state-of-the-art curriculum offered in the Strategy Specialization focuses on the role of the strategist as an integrator. The courses cover several key areas of expertise in strategy, including competitive strategy and game theory, corporate strategy, technology strategy, non-market strategy, business analytics, and management consulting.

Throughout the Strategy Specialization, you will interact not only with HEC professors and classmates, but also with partners from top consulting firms, board members of CAC 40 and US Fortune-500 companies, European Commission members, the HEC Paris alumni community, well-known investment bankers, as well as professors and instructors form world-class institutions such as IBM Corp., the Sloan School at MIT, the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and the Rotman School at the University of Toronto. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the Strategy Specialization you should be able to:

  • Analyze the key drivers of firm performance in dynamic environments
  • Develop precise and step-by-step value innovation strategies
  • Predict the adoption curves of new products or technologies
  • Identify extreme innovation opportunities using disruptive technologies
  • Measure environmental uncertainty and act on it using structured decision analysis and scenario planning
  • Define successful non-market strategies to counter activist action and manage firm reputation
  • Solve business problems by applying analytics methodologies and solutions
  • Create business value through use of big data
  • Use basic game-theoretic tools to develop strategic thinking
  • Analyze complex real-life situations using strategic thinking
  • Participate in a collaborative team environment to develop a technical product.
  • Balance the firm’s needs and stakeholder needs to develop successful and sustainable corporate growth strategies
  • Define and implement a consulting engagement from the understanding the client’s need to presenting recommendations and conclusions