Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinking is a way of understanding the fundamental drivers of a business and rigorously challenging conventional thinking about them, in conversation with others who can affect the direction of the company, in order to shape future opportunity and economic value.

Programme dates: November 3-4


Strategic thinking focuses on finding and developing unique opportunities to create value by making connections across diverse considerations and exploring how to remove constraints on what is possible whether imposed externally or internally.

Strategic thinking involves a set of skills that need to be exercised in order to be strengthened. We are going to exercise our strategic thinking skills in this course by applying them first to an organization most people are familiar with, The Walt Disney Company.  We will build on that experience when we analyze the motorcycle company Ducati. Finally, you will apply the same skills to our own organization starting with one key initiative that you have identified.  You will build a case that justifies that issue using external and internal analyses. Then you will think through how your organization should address your strategic issue.


This design will get you some real practice with the concepts – and you will see that this course design accepts and enforces the notion that strategic thinking is an iterative process.  You will end by sketching out how you could “sell” your initiative through your involvement in the strategy conversation inside your organization.


Agenda outline

  • What is strategy? What is strategic thinking?
  • The strategic thinking framework
    Case 1: The Walt Disney Company
  • Shaping the strategy conversation
    Case 2: Ducati
  • Strategy implementation
    Practice Application: Past, present, and emerging strategies in your organization
  • Critically evaluating strategic thinking

Professor Doug Bosse teaches strategic management at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive levels at the Robins School of Business at University of Richmond (USA). He has over 20 years of experience facilitating strategic planning activities for executive teams, delivering leadership development workshops, and conducting business-to-business relationship improvement engagements for clients in a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining academe, Doug spent over ten years in corporate strategy consulting. He has served a range of large multinational and small domestic clients, including Alfa Laval, Allianz, Altria, CapTech, Delta Airport Consultants, Duke Energy, The Federal Reserve Bank, MCI, Minnesota Power, National Steel, Schneider National Trucking, and Sharp Electronics.



890 EUR + VAT Early bird fee (if paid by October 12)
990 EUR + VAT Standard fee

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Teeter Scholarship available:
Teeter Scholarships are full-tuition scholarships to attend executive education programs offered by the William Davidson Institute. Managers of non-governmental organizations and small, regional firms in emerging markets may apply for a Teeter Scholarship, which are awarded on a competitive basis. The scholarships are named to honor the memory of Robert M. Teeter, an advisor to U.S. presidents from 1968-1992 and a board member at the William Davidson Institute.
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