Corporate and Organisational Strategy

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG220
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

This course is an introduction to the strategic management of modern diversified firms. It studies how the firm’s portfolio of products and its internal organisation can be designed to maximise corporate performance. 

The course will only require basic mathematical knowledge but will call for rigorous reasoning. In the classes, students are expected to make presentations and to participate actively in the discussions.

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


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 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 project work

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

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

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


A university level introductory course in psychology, sociology, political science, management, or economics.

Programme structure

The course addresses the following questions facing modern managers: 

  • What products and businesses should the firm focus on? 
  • What activities should be subcontracted and which should be carried out inside the firm? 
  • How should the firm be organised internally to coordinate and motivate employees, managers and other stakeholders? 
  • What are the consequences of providing workers and managers with performance pay?
  • What is corporate culture, and does a strong culture affect the way that an organisation reacts to changes in the environment?
  • What are the decision-making and integration challenges arising in mergers and acquisitions?
  • What makes strategic alliances valuable and stable? 

Course outcomes

  • Understand the concepts, theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence bearing on the key issues in corporate strategy.
  • Adapt the major concepts in corporate strategy (such as strategic resources, firm boundaries, product scope and corporate culture) to the analysis of real world corporations.
  • Identify the sources of corporate advantage and link them to the external environments in which firms operate
  • Predict how a firm’s optimal corporate strategy is affected by technological and environmental change


LSE’s Department of Management is a  world-leading centre for research and education in business and management. Its location within a world-class social science institution at the heart of a leading global city makes it unique among other management and business schools. This position gives the Department the unparalleled capability to deliver research and education which advance the frontiers of understanding in management through an integrated view of the economic, psychological, social, political and technological contexts in which people, teams, organisations and markets operate worldwide.

Proud to be part of LSE, an institution that ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). LSE Management currently ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s management faculty.

Reading materials

There is no textbook that covers all the issues in this course. A number of optional readings will be provided to students on the course.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

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

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