The Strategy specialization curriculum 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 emphasizes that it is the essential responsibility of management to discover and implement sources of sustainable performance.

Four broad issues are central to the Strategy curriculum:
  • 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.

Course offerings

  • M&L 7213 - Innovation Practice
  • MHR 7412 - Competitive Analysis (Applied Strategic Management and Value Creation)
  • MHR 7413 - Advanced Competitive Analysis (Dynamics, Uncertainty and Value Capture)
  • MHR  7414 - Vertical Integration and Diversification
  • MHR 7415 - Corporate Diversification
  • MHR 7420 - Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Development
  • MHR 7421 - INTOPIA Simulation: International Competitive Strategy Simulation
  • MHR 7461 - Technology and Innovation Strategy
  • MHR 7665 - Innovation Projects (3.0 credit hours)

Action-based learning

Fisher Board Fellows (FBF) is a student-run organization within Fisher College of Business that brings together the Columbus community and the college by selecting Fisher MBA candidates and placing them on boards of area non-profits as non-voting members for 18 month terms.

Fellows, mentored by a board member and with the full support of the non-profit executive director and board chair, contribute to their non-profit organizations by attending all board and assigned committee meetings. In addition, fellows complete a strategic, board-level project that harnesses their business expertise and adds long-term value to the partner organization.