The strategy pathway develops the student's ability to think constructively about the pursuit of sustainable competitive advantage through the systematic identification, evaluation, and creation of attractive business and corporate opportunities. The strategy field argues that it is the essential responsibility of management to discover and implement sources of sustainable performance.

Four broad issues are central to the pathway:

  • How can a firm develop and sustain competitive advantage in a given market by exploiting specific market positions and / or its unique history and resources?
  • What are the optimal boundaries of the firm, and what are the advantages and disadvantages associated with the integration of a chain of activities?
  • How can firms create and capture value in competitive environments that change rapidly? How should managers assemble and organize resources to optimize their innovative output?
  • How do business strategies interact when a firm competes in several markets? How can a firm create competitive advantage through the configuration and coordination of activities across multiple markets? 
What is an optional pathway?

Fisher's optional pathways are a group of classes designed to provide competence in a particular area or field.  The pathways listed are only a small example of the options available through an extensive list of electives.  With guidance from your coaches, you can access elective courses at Fisher and across more than 100 graduate programs at Ohio State. Contact us today to discuss how we can personalize your curriculum to your career goals.


  • Sample course offerings

    Recommended Leadership electives

    • Strategy Implementation
    • Organizational Turnarounds
    • Strategic Management of Human Assets
    • Global Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership


    Additional elective courses

    • Competitive Analysis
    • Advanced Competitive Analysis (Dynamics, Uncertainty and Value Capture)
    • Vertical Integration and Diversification
    • Corporate Diversification
    • Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Development
    • Intopia: Applied Competitive Strategy 
    • Technology and Innovation Strategy
    • Innovation Practice
    • Innovation Field Studies