Strategic Management Free Online Course by RWTH Aachen University

The RWTH Aachen University is offering free online course on Strategic Management: From Insight to Decision. This course is part of the “Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change” Micro Masters program designed to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting field.

In this six week course, applicants will learn how to (re)position your organization, orchestrate strategic alliances and assess strategic options from an ethical perspective. This course will start on  July 25, 2018.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Business Administration
Institution: RWTH Aachen University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $149
Session: Course Starts on  July 25, 2018

Providers’ Details

RWTH Aachen University is among the leading technical universities in Europe measured by its academic output, the quality of its graduates, and by the quantity of its external funding.

About This Course

Help your organization survive, drive, and thrive on fundamental technological changes in your industry. This advanced strategic management course helps you translate strategic insights into smart strategic decisions on positioning, partnering and being socially responsible.

  1. Positioning the Firm:
  • How can strategy portfolios guide corporate strategy and help decision-makers scope the activities of their organization?
  • How can general strategies help organizations gain competitive advantages in their industries?
  • How can organizations make competition irrelevant and create uncontested market space?
  1. Orchestrating Strategic Alliances:
  • What is the case for cooperative strategy? When should we move from a competitive to a cooperative mindset?
  • What are strategic alliances and what is their payoff?
  • How can firms build and orchestrate collaborative ecosystems to enhance their (innovative) performance?
  1. Embracing Social Responsibility:
  • What is the role of business in society? How do organizations contribute and cause harm to the public good?
  • What exactly are the social responsibilities of organizations?
  • To whom are they responsible and for what? Why should they care?
  • How can ethics inform strategic decisions? How can we encourage ethical behavior and reconcile responsibility and profitability?

Why Take This Course?

This course is part of the “Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change” Micro Masters program designed to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting field. In order to qualify for the Micro Masters Credential, you will need to earn a Verified Certificate in each of the six courses of the RWTHx Micro Masters program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Position your organization in times of transition
  • Orchestrate strategic alliances and broader innovation networks
  • Assess strategic options not just from an economic, but also from an ethical perspective


Torsten-Oliver Salge

Professor Torsten Oliver Salge, Ph.D., is the head of the Innovation, Strategy, and Organization Group at RWTH Aachen University and Co-Director of the TIME Research Area.


Successful completion of MTI005x“Strategic Management: From Intuition to Insight” is highly recommended, successful completion of MTI001xMTI002xMTI003x and MTI004x is beneficial.

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