This note provides an overview of strategies for multi-business firms. The note describes (i) what is meant by "corporate advantage," (ii) the different approaches that multi-business firms can pursue in order to create corporate advantage, (iii) the specific corporate level choices (portfolio, ownership, and organizational choices) that firms make, (iv) certain principles that characterize effective corporate level strategy, and (v) reasons why corporate strategies can fail. In its treatment and coverage of these issues, the note emphasizes similarities between the core principles of business unit strategy and of corporate level strategy.
Keywords: Corporate Strategy;
Anand, Bharat N. "Corporate Strategy." Harvard Business School Module Note 713-415, July 2012.