Advanced Corporate Strategy

By Prof. R. Srinivasan and Prof. Sai Yayavaram   |   Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 18630
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:
  • Theoretical roots of corporate strategy
  • The impact of context on corporate strategy of businesses
  • Exploration of the boundaries of firm
  • 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
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 31 Jul 2023
End Date : 31 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 09 Sep 2023
Exam Date : 02 Dec 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Corporate Advantage
Week 2: Product Diversification
Week 3: Vertical Integration
Week 4: Geographic Diversification
Week 5: Modes of Diversification

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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

Enrolling and learning from the course is free. However, if you wish to obtain a certificate, you must register and take the proctored exam in person at one of the designated exam centre’s. The registration URL will be announced when the registration form is open. To obtain the certification, you need to fill out the online registration form and pay the exam fee. More details will be provided when the exam registration form is published, including any potential changes. For further information on the exam locations and the conditions associated with filling out the form, please refer to the form.

Grading Policy: 

Assessment Type


Mid-Term & End-Term


Final Exam


Certificate Eligibility:
  • 40% marks and above in Mid Term & End Term
  • 40% marks and above in the final proctored exam


Type of Certificate



75 - 89


70 - 74


40 - 70

Successfully Completed


No Certificate

Sample Certificate:

Disclaimer: In order to be eligible for the certificate, you must register for enrolment and exams using the same email ID. If different email IDs are used, you will not be considered eligible for the certificate.

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