|Over the past several years we have taught numerous courses in strategy, leadership and business policy in all of the Chicago Booth's M.B.A. programs including the Executive Program and the International Executive Program in Barcelona. As a result of our collaboration in developing these courses, we have gathered a large variety of material on approaches, ideas and questions about strategy. Over the years we have also discussed these issues with business executives as well as practitioners from fields outside of business.
Based on this background and material, we introduced a new course a few years ago. We felt the course was a success and we are offering it again this year. The course brings together a group of about 30 students to meet with us and visitors (business executives and others) to explore some of these issues and ideas in greater depth. The goals of the course will be to develop a better understanding of methods and techniques of strategic thinking and to explore the design, implementation and evaluation of strategy. One important goal is to develop tools and concepts for evaluating strategies both before and after the outcome is known and to seek insights that will improve the process of designing strategy.
The course will be developed around reading and presentations (from visitors as well as members of the class) and, as a symposium, class discussion and interaction will be very important. In addition, the course will require a project carried out with two or three others.