Universität Wien FIND

040167 VO Strategy (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Attendance: This is a VOrlesung, so attandence is not mandatory.

This course is blocked.

This course is held in English.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 09.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 16.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 23.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 30.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 06.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 13.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 20.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 27.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course introduces the elementary concepts and frameworks used in strategy analysis helping you to understand and assess the organizational environment and a firm's internal organization impact on corporate performance.
The course will also touch upon the basic ideas of corporate and global strategy (corporate scope, vertical integration, diversification, internationalization).
Finally, it will revisit some of the current trends in strategy research.

What is Strategy?
Strategic Goals, Values, Performance Analysis
Industry Analysis; Five Forces Framework
Competitive Analysis; Segmentation and Strategic Groups
Analyzing and Developing Internal Resources and Capabilities; Value Chains
Strategic Planning; Organizational Design
The Industry Life Cycle; Managing Organizational Strategic Change
Managing Innovation: To Lead or to Follow?
Corporate strategy: Vertical Integration; Diversification; Corporate Management, Governance
External Growth Strategies: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances
Globalization and Multinational Strategies
New Trends in Strategic Management

Please refer to www.strategy.univie.ac.at for general information on our courses.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written closed form individual Final Exam (100%) at the end of the course. You need to achieve at least 60% for a pass grade.

Note: additional registration for the exam is needed (via U:SPACE). Details will be explained during the lecture.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1. To introduce you to the basic concepts in strategic management and organizational theory that can be elaborated upon later in the Master level strategy classes.
2. To provide you with an introductory toolkit of frameworks and tools that can be successfully applied to analyze a firm's strategy.
3. To provide you with an opportunity to further develop your skills in analytical thinking and problem solving in the business arena.

Examination topics

Material covered during the course of the lecture

Reading list

The course is primarily based on the book of Grant, Robert M. (2019) "Contemporary Strategy Analysis: Text and Cases", John Wiley & Sons (10th Edition).

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:12