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MG220: Corporate and Organisational Strategy

Subject Area: Business and Management

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Course details

  • Department
    Department of Management
  • Application code
Session oneNot running in 2023
Session twoNot running in 2023
Session threeOpen - 31 Jul 2023 - 18 Aug 2023


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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 focus of this course is on the strategic plan for managing a diversified firm. It studies how the firm portfolio of products and its internal organisation can be designed to maximise corporate performance.

It combines in a unified framework the study of two separate but complementary issues: the opportunities and challenges afforded by the firm’s external environment, and the resources and capabilities arising from the firm’s internal environment.

Key information

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

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)

Please note: 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

Is this course right for you?

This course is suited to students wanting to better understand the concepts and theoretical frameworks of corporate strategy. It is also ideally suited for those wishing to work in a senior management role in a large international organisation.


  • 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


Bushra Shakil, Bangladesh

The case studies have been really interesting because they are based upon real life companies, both small and large. It has been really interesting to listen to the perspectives of the diverse student group that we have.


The design of this course is guided by LSE faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Jordi Blanes i Vidal

Dr Jordi Blanes i Vidal

Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy


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 3rd in the world for social sciences and management (2022 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.


Applications are open

We are accepting applications. Apply early to avoid disappointment.