Background Note | HBS Case Collection | June 1991 (Revised April 1995)

Corporate Strategy: A Conceptual Framework

by David J. Collis


Provides a conceptual framework for the study of corporate strategy. First describes previous perspectives on corporate strategy and then develops a framework of four elements: resources, tasks, structure, and industries. This framework can be used to explain the value corporations add to their businesses, how they should be organized, and the limit to the scope of the firm. Finally, describes four steps involved in the formulation of a corporate strategy.

Keywords: Resource Allocation; Organizational Design; Organizational Structure; Corporate Strategy; Value;


Collis, David J. "Corporate Strategy: A Conceptual Framework." Harvard Business School Background Note 391-284, June 1991. (Revised April 1995.)