Strategic Management

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG106
  • Starting 2022
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

In today’s dynamic and international business landscape, organisations can only thrive if they employ an effective business strategy which allows them to continually innovate and disrupt their industry. Apple, Coca-Cola and Toyota are all examples of brands which have remained competitive in a global marketplace using dynamic business strategies.

This course provides students with a deep understanding of how firms develop and sustain a competitive edge. By engaging with real-world case studies, students will learn the key concepts and theories in the field and how they can be used to interpret and evaluate business situations. Paying special attention to the factors that explain why some firms perform better, students will understand the drivers of competitive advantage both in the short and long term.

The “resource-based view” of the firm will be used as a cornerstone of discussion, complemented by contributions from microeconomic theory, game theory and organisational theory. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply the theories learned in class to formulate and implement successful strategies that give competitive advantage to a firm.

Session: One - CLOSED
Dates: 20 June - 8 July 2022 
Lecturers: Dr Lourdes Sosa and Dr Jordi Blanes i Vidal

Session: Three 
Dates: 1 August - 19 August 2022
Lecturer: Dr Lourdes Sosa and Dr Jordi Blanes i Vidal



Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One written examination and one project on strategy identification

Typical credit*: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional but may be required for credit by your home institution. Your home institution will be able to advise how you can meet their credit requirements. 

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, if you have completed at least one year of microeconomics, you should consider applying for MG220: Corporate and Organisational Strategy which provides a more advanced understanding of the subject. 

Key topics

  • The business model of the firm
  • Industry structure and strategic interactions
  • Value creation and competitive advantage
  • Strategic resources
  • Dynamic capabilities

Programme structure and assessment

This course is delivered as a mixture of lectures and class discussions, organised around the connection of fundamental concepts from theory to their real-world application. All topics are illustrated using company case studies across a range of industries. Students will be expected to prepare and actively participate in class discussions.

The course is assessed on a final written examination (80%) and a team project that involves identifying and evaluating a firm’s strategy (20%), allowing you to practically apply the content to real-world business scenarios.

Further details will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Course outcomes

  • Structure a competitive situation efficiently from an excess of data
  • Use analytical reasoning to assess competitive scenarios
  • Evaluate strategic alternatives for a firm
  • Recognise competitive patterns among firms in the global economy

Is this course right for you?

This course is suitable if you want to develop the critical-thinking skills to make strategic business decisions, especially if you are targeting a role in consulting or business management. The course emphasises critical-thinking with intensive use of analytical reasoning. It is rigorous in its approach, but does not require any previous knowledge of economics, mathematics, management or business so is open to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

If you are already familiar with some strategic management concepts you may also benefit from the applied nature of the course, although you should keep in mind that the course is an introduction to the field. As a result you may wish to consider MG220 which provides a more advanced understanding of the subject.

Your department

LSE’s Department of Management unites four subject areas – Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour, Information Systems and Innovation, Managerial Economics and Strategy, and Management Science. It thereby combines the study of business and management with LSE’s renowned social sciences perspective. LSE is ranked 2nd in the world for social sciences and management (2020 QS World University Rankings) and the Department of Management, along with the Departments of Accounting and Finance, was ranked as the UK leader for Business and Management Studies in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Our world-class record of multidisciplinary management research gives students a solid understanding of the global business environment. Whether learning the fundamentals of management or gaining advanced insights into specific aspects of strategy, negotiation, marketing or human resources, students will develop a competitive edge for their future career.

Your faculty

Dr Lourdes Sosa (Session One and Two)
Associate Professor, Department of Management

Dr Jordi Blanes i Vidal (Session One and Two)
Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy, Department of Management

Reading materials

There is no set text for this course. Students will be given a set of photocopied materials, and will additionally be expected to make use of reading materials available electronically in the Library. A pack of business case studies will also be distributed at the beginning of the course.

Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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