Advanced Corporate Strategy

By Prof. R. Srinivasan and Prof. Sai Yayavaram   |   Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 6621
This course is offered for students who seek advanced exposure to corporate strategy. It builds on IIMBx course “Strategic Management” which dealt with strategies for single business firms. The principal focus of this course will be the strategic issues that are faced by firms operating in more complex, multi-dimensional environments.

The course deals with:

(a) Theoretical roots of corporate strategy

(b) The impact of context on corporate strategy of businesses

(c) Exploration of the boundaries of firm

(d) Formulation of corporate strategy and appreciation of its limits.

This course provides students with the requisite combination of analytical and conceptual skills needed to grapple with the complex problems of development and execution of corporate strategy for firms that operate across industries and across national boundaries.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Start Date : 30 Jul 2021
End Date : 30 Oct 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2021
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout


Week 1: Corporate Advantage
This module covers corporate advantage, synergies of a multi-business firm, costs of a multi-business firm, managing a portfolio of businesses and role of Corporate Office.

Week 2: Product Diversification
This module covers product diversification, different types of diversification, the varying motives for diversification, the performance effects of diversification and diversification in emerging economies.

Week 3: Vertical Integration
This module covers vertical integration, different types of vertical integration, the underlying motives for vertical integration, the performance effects of vertical integration and vertical integration in emerging economies.

Week 4: Geographic Diversification
This module covers geographic diversification, broad trends in geographic diversification and globalization, the underlying motives for geographic diversification, how to manage a globally diversified firm and the performance effects of geographic diversification. We will conclude with a discussion on the special issues that arise when firms from emerging economies engage in geographic diversification.

Week 5: Modes of Diversification
This module covers various modes of diversification including alliances, joint ventures, outsourcing, M&A/divestitures and internationalization.

Books and references

Refer to "Strategic Management" course from IIMB for understanding the basics.

Instructor bio

Dr. R. Srinivasan Course Instructor
R. Srinivasan
Dr. R. Srinivasan is a Professor of Strategy at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He received his doctoral degree (Fellow Programme in Management) from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Post Graduate degree in Forestry Management (PGDFM) from Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) and BSc in Mathematics from Madurai Kamaraj University. He teaches competitive strategy, corporate strategy, and platform business models at the post-graduate level and strategy process research at the doctoral level. Srinivasan has co-authored a textbook on strategic management and a research-based book on knowledge management in the Indian context and he is in the Editorial Advisory Board, Asian Journal of Management Cases. He is the Vice President of Case Research Society of India and has authored a number of cases on Indian organizations on platform business models, rapid growth, strategy, and knowledge management.

Areas of expertise
• Strategies of multi-sided platform organizations
• Strategy processes in rapid growth organizations
• Competitive strategy
• Corporate strategy

Dr. Sai Yayavaram, Course Instructor
Sai Yayavaram
Dr. Sai Yayavaram is a Professor of Strategy at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Texas at Austin, PGDM (MBA) from IIM Ahmedabad and B.Tech from IIT Madras. He worked as a consultant in the Tata Strategic Management Group, Bombay from 1994-98. His research focuses on technology management, complexity and strategic rents and has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Science. He is currently a Member of the Editorial Review Boards of Strategic Management Journal and Global Strategy Journal and a Senior Editor at Management and Organization Review. He teaches Corporate Strategy to post-graduate students and Strategy Content to doctoral students. He also conducts executive education programmes on strategic management and management of innovation for senior managers.

Areas of expertise
• Competitive Strategy
• Corporate Strategy
• Innovation Management

Course certificate


Type of exam: Computer based exam

You will have to appear at the allotted exam centre and produce your Hall ticket and Government Photo Identification Card for verification and take the exam in person. You can find the final allotted exam centre details in the hall ticket.

The questions will be on the computer and the answers will have to be entered on the computer; type of questions may include multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, essay type,  etc.


Weightage: 100% weightage for final exam.

Passing Marks: You will be eligible for Certificate only if you score minimum 40% in Final Exam. If you score less than 40% in final exam, you will not receive the certificate.

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