Disruptive Strategy - Harvard Business School MBA Program

Disruptive Strategy

Course Number 1535

Senior Lecturer Stephen Kaufman
Fall, Q1, 1.5 credits
14 sessions - X schedule; 1:15 - 2:35/2:45 (1st session of each week will be 90 minutes)
Final Exam, plus 4 one-page papers during the quarter (see more detailed description below).

Career Focus

In this course we will study the challenges of building an enduring, successful company or renewing the vitality of an existing organization, from the point of view of the general manager. This course will prove valuable to future general managers, as well as those who will consult for or invest in operating companies. The course structure and cases cover a subset of the material in the full semester BSSE course, however while BSSE teaches both the strategy and the management dimensions of the executive's job, this half course concentrates on just the strategy portions. This Q1 course will be of particular interest to students who are considering other short courses in Q2 of the fall semester and may therefore not have the flexibility to take the full BSSE course.

Educational Objectives

The focus of the course is to learn how to use well-researched theories about strategy, innovation and management to understand why things happen the way they do in businesses, and to understand what management strategies will and will not be effective in the different circumstances in which general managers find themselves. This half-course will cover the modules of the full semester BSSE course that focus on strategy implications and will not go as deeply into the managerial application of the course theories by omitting modules on employee motivation, misleading financial analyses, project management, and managing change. For the first class of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th weeks students will prepare a one-page paper identifying and exploring course concepts-to-date that could apply to current business situations being reported in the press.