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With strategy-savvy managers and leaders needed in nearly every type of organization, now is the time to expand your strategic leadership and management skills. Through a series of eight-week courses from U.S. News-ranked Michigan State University, you’ll learn industry best practices for fostering team creativity and decision making, improving productivity and efficiencies, encouraging innovative thinking and idea generation, and creating and sustaining competitive advantages.

Online Program Benefits

  • Gain deep insight into developing and executing successful business strategies
  • Build a sustainable competitive advantage and create a unique and strategic value proposition
  • Understand the roles and goals of the strategic decision-making process
  • Identify the five different approaches to corporate strategy
  • Discover what influences the success of strategic alliances
  • Position your firm for strategic change

Leadership Courses

Each course runs for eight weeks and new sessions start monthly. Enrollment is open; there are no pre-requisites.

Strategic Leadership $1,480

ACE 2 | CEUs 3.5 | Contact Hours 35

In today’s business world, the ability to master the key components of strategic management and create a competitive corporate advantage is critical. In this course, you’ll learn to identify and analyze the internal and external sources that can impact your organization’s competitive position and develop strategies to access these sources for profitability. You’ll also understand the reasons for good or bad firm performance, and the role that strategy plays in creating organizational success.

Who should Register?

The eight-week, 100% online Strategic Leadership course is a must for both early career and seasoned professionals looking to gain new tools and perspectives for achieving and maintaining a sound competitive advantage.

What You’ll Study

Creating Unique Value
  • How to Create Effective Strategies Even in the Absence of Valuable Resources
  • Why Mission Statements are so Important
  • What the Characteristics of Successful Companies Teach us About Profitability
Foundations of Value Creation and Value Capture
  • How to Combine Resources, Establish Dynamic Capabilities and Sustain Advantages
  • What Affects Value Creation from the Consumer’s Perspective
  • Who Captures the Most Value from Innovation
Strategic Value Propositions
  • How to Achieve a Competitive Advantage With a Good Business Strategy
  • Low Cost Strategy Advantages and Reconfiguring the Value Chain
  • Strategies for Increasing Consumer Willingness to Pay
The Effect of Market Structure on Firm Profitability
  • How Environmental Factors and Trends Play a Role
  • Five Markets that Affect Profitability in Every Industry
  • How to Switch Costs and Insulate Your Income Stream from Rivals
Surviving Market Transitions
  • How Industry Dynamics and Stages of Rivalry Impact the Industry Lifecycle
  • Skills to Survive Emergence Stage Risks and the Shakeout Between Growth and Maturity
  • What You Can do to Respond to Natural Decline and Survive Threats
Responding to Disruptive Events
  • How Technological Innovation Causes Industry Disruptions and Changes the Value Proposition
  • Competitive Dynamics in Slow, Fast and Standard Cycle Markets
  • Ways to Better Understand Your Competitors
Going Global
  • How to Manage and Transfer Competitive Advantages in the Global Arena
  • What Risks Exist When Entering a Foreign Market
  • How to Overcome Market Failure

Strategic Decision Making $1,480

ACE 2 | CEUs 3.5 | Contact Hours 35

Whether you lead the decision-making process or participate in it, you’ll benefit from developing and refining your decision-making skills – both as an individual and as a member of a management team. In this course, you’ll learn key decision-making concepts and processes as well as tools and techniques to improve strategic decision making. Apply what you learn in Strategic Decision Making to develop and implement long-term strategies to create a competitive advantage for your organization.

Who Should Register

This eight-week, 100% online course is essential for executives who lead strategic decision-making processes, as well as managers who participate in the process and want to impact the strategic direction of their organization.

What You’ll Study

Strategic Decisions
  • The Nature of Strategic Decisions and Types of Decisions Companies Make
  • How to Identify the Difference Between Strategic Decisions and Tactical Decisions
  • Roles You Might Play in the Strategic Decision-Making Process
Human Information Processing and Decision Traps
  • What Decision Traps Managers Fall Into and How to Avoid Them
  • Why “What is Good for Starbucks May Not be Good for Your Company”
  • How Initial “Guesstimates” Can Negatively Impact Your Future Decisions
Strategic Decision-Making Process
  • How to Evaluate Your Company’s Strategic Decision-Making Process
  • Why and Where Executives Go Wrong in the Decision-Making Process
  • What Steps You Need To Master to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills
Understanding Risk and Probabilities
  • The Difference Between Uncertainty, Risk and Certainty
  • How to Compute Probabilities and Expected Values
  • Why and When Managers are More Likely to Make Risky Choices
Communication and Individual Differences in Decision Making
  • How Communication Can Undermine Effective Decision-Making
  • The Importance of Comprehension and Factors that Affect Comprehension
  • How to Leverage Behavioral Styles to Improve Strategic Decision-Making
Group Decision Making
  • When to Make the Decision Yourself and When to Make a Group Decision
  • How the Vroom-Yelton Decision Tree Model Can Help You Make Better Decisions
  • What Best Practices Should be Applied in Group Decision-Making
Creativity in Strategic Decision Making
  • Ways to Prevent Assumptions From Blocking Creativity in Each Stage of Decision-Making
  • How You Can Break Creative Blocks and Enhance Your Creative Process
  • Which Techniques Will Improve Your Brainstorming

Strategic Management $1,480

CEUs 3.5 | Contact Hours 35

In this eight-week, 100% online course, you’ll gain new perspectives for building market resilience and dominance for your organization. You’ll learn the difference between corporate and business strategy, and what it takes to add value and increase business unit success. You’ll also study best practices in key areas of corporate strategy, including diversification, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, corporate governance and strategic leadership.

Who Should Register

Whether you are a director-level executive or a manager of a small team, Strategic Management gives you the advanced knowledge to become an effective strategic leader.

What You’ll Study

Diversification
  • When and Why Firms Diversify
  • Five Corporate Strategy Types
  • How Newell’s Corporate Strategy Creates Value Across all Businesses
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Why Mergers and Acquisitions are so Prevalent
  • Merger Myths you Need to be Aware of
  • How to Seal the Deal: Acquisitions From the Bidding and Target Firms’ Perspectives
Business Groups
  • What are Business Groups and How do they Differ From Conglomerates
  • How Business Groups Add Value in Emerging Markets
Strategic Alliances
  • Different Forms of Strategic Alliances
  • What Affects Strategic Alliance Success
  • How Social Networks Influence Alliance Success
Corporate Governance
  • Understanding Executive Compensation Schemes
  • The Role of the Board of Directors
  • Why Governance Practices Fail to Protect Shareholder Interests
Strategic Leadership
  • The Role of Leadership in Organizational Design and Culture
  • How Leaders Set Corporate Direction as Change Agents
  • Why Resource Management and Development Matter
Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Elements of the Socially Responsible Organization
  • How Leaders Influence Organizational Values, Integrity and Accountability
  • Managing the Social Contract in Corporate Decision-Making

Strategic Change Leadership $1,480

CEUs 3.5 | Contact Hours 35

No matter what the motivation – from incorporating a new sales process or a new department to going paperless or going public – companies face change. Whether you or your organization initiates the change, strategic change leadership skills are critical to rallying others in support to successfully overseeing and implementing the change initiative. This online course focuses on change management, the various strategic planning and processes necessary to implement change, and the way workforces can be aligned and inspired to meet deadlines and goals. You’ll discover how to create interdependence among coworkers, resolve differences, structure groups for collaboration and communicate the company’s vision.

Who Should Register?

This eight-week course is for today’s managers, managers-to-be, team leaders, company executives and anyone looking to add value to their organization and career by managing change. This course provides crucial insights into change management and the leadership characteristics necessary to initiate and implement change successfully.

What You’ll Study

Capitalizing on Individual Differences to Maximize Results
  • Ÿ Ways to Leverage a Person’s Cognitive Abilities, Personality and Job Experience
  • Ÿ Strategies for Effectively Allocating Jobs or Creating Value via Job Reengineering
  • Ÿ How Partiality and Filters Influence Organizational and Individual Thinking
Evaluating Employee Performance
  • Ÿ Approaches to Valuing Outcomes via Reinforcement and Need Theories
  • Ÿ Proficient Ways to Use Horizontal or Vertical Job Enlargement as an Incentive
  • Ÿ Strategies for Outlining Responsibilities and Finding Room for Improvement
Effective Leadership & Creative Problem Solving
  • Ÿ What Path-Goal Theory Divulges About Leadership Behavior
  • Ÿ Methods to Increase the Motivation and Cohesiveness of Teams
  • Ÿ Managing Conflict, Divergence and Interdependence – Best Practices
  • Ÿ Contingency Models and the Connection Between Leadership Style and Situational Control
Managing Job Satisfaction & Stress
  • Ÿ How Employee Stress and Absence of Job Satisfaction Can Influence the Workplace
  • Ÿ Ways to Improve Employee Satisfaction via Role Redesign, Role Examination and Skills Training
Perspectives on Work Design
  • Ÿ Efficiency: Improvements via Methods Engineering and Work Measurement
  • Ÿ Motivational: Inspiration via Horizontal and Vertical Job Enlargement
  • Ÿ Enrichment: Applying the Hackman-Oldham Model and Socio-Technical Design
  • Ÿ Quality: Process Management and the Quality Circles Effect
Organization Structure, Interdependence & Role Relationships
  • Ÿ Conformity, Revolution, Subversion and Creative Individualism – Effects
  • Ÿ Organizational Structure and Contingency Model Types
  • Ÿ The Significance of Interdependence and Job Relationships
Culture, Change & Organizational Values
  • Ÿ What it Means to Manage Culture
  • Ÿ How Organizational Values Effect Change
  • Ÿ International Influences on Organizational Behavior
Understanding Change Management
  • Ÿ What Establishes Productive Change Leadership
  • Ÿ Leadership Strategy & Courage – How To Develop Them
  • Ÿ Methods of Dealing With Processes and Evolutionary Change
Implementing Organizational Changes
  • Ÿ Methods to Clarify the Motives and Timing for Change
  • Ÿ How to Institute and Provide Guidelines for Change
  • Ÿ Methods to Overcome Opposition to Change
Managing Change
  • Ÿ Useful Ways to Handle Others in the Change Process
  • Ÿ S-Curves and Contingency Approaches – What You Need to Know
  • Ÿ Grounding Change – The How and When

Global Business Strategy $1,480

CEUs 3.5 | Contact Hours 35

McKinley Quarterly states that only half of today’s executives running global companies agree that they have a clear global business strategy established for their company. Organizations of every size, no matter if they are present in one region or many, must create and implement a coherent strategy to succeed in the modern global economy. In this course, you will learn how to develop, manage and measure a global strategy, using a framework comprised of 13 industry drivers, strategy levers and organization dynamics. You’ll discover how to utilize globalEDGE™, the expansive research tool created by The Internationl Business Center at Michigan State University.

Who Should Register?

This 100% online course is ideal for anyone looking to increase their knowledge and expertise in developing and executing global strategies, from emerging leaders to senior-level managers and executives. Global Business Strategy was created to help experienced global managers across functions analyze what is required to run a successful global organization, leveraging organization factors and industry drivers in the market.

What You’ll Study

Overview of the Global Strategy Framework
  • Ÿ Keys to a Successful Global Strategy
  • Ÿ Factors That Drive Global Marketplace Success – Main Industry Drivers, Global Strategy Levers and Organization
Identifying Industry Globalization Drivers
  • Ÿ Altering Trends in Globalization Drivers
  • Ÿ How to Identify a Firm’s Global Potential Based on Market, Cost, Government and Competitive Globalization Drivers
  • Ÿ Global Economies of Scale and Scope – How to Influence Them
  • Ÿ Ways Governments Effect Globalization
Global Market Participation & Global Products and Services
  • Ÿ Kinds of Global Market Involvement
  • Ÿ How Strategic Roles for Each Country Vary
  • Ÿ Designing Global Products and Services – Best Practices
Locating Global Activities & Global Marketing
  • Ÿ Methods of Locating and Coordinating Global Activities
  • Ÿ How to Pool Strategic and Comparative Advantages
  • Ÿ Concerns in Global Products, Distribution, Pricing and Promotion
Making Competitive Moves & the Global Organization
  • Ÿ The Global Strategy Framework – Placing Organizational Factors
  • Ÿ How to Cultivate a Global Organization
Adopting a “Global” Strategy Within a World Region
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  • Aligning Global, Regional and Country Strategies, as well as Country Operations
  • Main Issues, Data and Strategies Pertaining to Regional Trade Agreements (RTA), Including: European Union (EU), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Region and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Exploring Real-World Case Studies of American Express, FedEx, Microsoft & Nokia
  • ŸHow the Global Industry Drivers, Global Strategy Levers and Organization Factors Work for Leading Multinationals in the Global Marketplace
  • ŸExamination of the Trigger Points Making Them Prosperous
  • ŸIndustry, Strategy and Organizational Factors – Detailed Knowledge
Measuring Effectiveness & Conducting a Global Strategy Analysis
  • Ÿ How to Measure Market Participation by Global and Strategic Market Share
  • Ÿ Global Strategy Analysis Process Stages
  • Ÿ Methods for Guiding a Basic Global Benchmark of a Firm

Team Effectiveness & Development $1,480

CEUs 3.5 | Contact Hours 35

Change does not occur in a vacuum, nor does it happen overnight. When you are being counted on to initiate or implement change as a team manager, you need skills to both mobilize and motivate your workforce. It takes real leadership to gather acceptance of new ideas and procedures. It also requires a vision for how changes will affect the organization positively and the ability to communicate this value to others. In this course you will form leadership and team development skills, learn how to overcome employee resistance and create strategies for increasing worker engagement. You’ll also learn how to create and oversee teams that are driven to succeed using goal setting, incentives and evidence-based management.

Who Should Register?

This comprehensive eight-week course is designed for emerging and experienced managers, consultants and organizational leaders across all position levels. Anyone who is a manager or aspires to manage change within an organization and demonstrate the behaviors of a true leader can benefit.

What You’ll Study

Leadership and Evidence-Based Management
  • Ÿ Importance and Differences Between Leading and Managing
  • Ÿ Implementing Evidence-Based Management
  • Ÿ Ideas Regarding Leader Emergence and Implicit Leadership
Meeting the Needs of Followers
  • ŸThe Human Need for Self-Sufficiency, Capability and Relatedness
  • ŸWays to Fashion High-Quality Relationships With Your Supporters
  • ŸHow to Satisfy Supporters by Meeting Their Needs and Inspiring Intrinsic Motivation
Establishing Enriching, Fair Work Environments
  • ŸMethods for Producing Fair Outcomes
  • ŸHow to Make and Leverage Job Design to Encourage Supporters
  • ŸWays to Ensure Procedures and Interpersonal Treatment are Unbiased
Using Directive and Supportive Behaviors to Achieve Effective Leadership
  • Ÿ Ways to Set Goals That Gain Backing From Others
  • Ÿ What is Necessary to Become a Supportive Leader
  • Ÿ The Importance of Mentoring and Socialization
The Impact of Participative, Transactional and Ethical Behaviors
  • ŸParticipative, Transactional and Ethical Leadership Strategies – How to Implement Them
  • ŸMethods to Entrust Tasks and Enable Your Staff
  • ŸBest Practices for Rewarding or Disciplining Followers
Effective Leadership Through Transformational Behaviors
  • ŸHow to be a Transformational Leader
  • ŸApproaches for Managing Your Emotions and Articulating Your Confidence
  • ŸWays to be Charismatic via Emotional Contagion, Language and Visioning
Leading and Managing Organizational Change
  • ŸLewin’s Model of Organizational Change – The Truth
  • ŸHow to Set Procedures for Applying Change
  • ŸChange – Assessing Monitoring, Measuring, Institutionalizing
  • ŸHow to Make an Action Plan, Inspire Participation and Triumph Over Change Resistance