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Fundamentals of Strategic Management (online)

Strategic management is essential for all leaders and managers to accomplish their goals. Fundamentals of Strategic Management is designed to update your understanding of what is important in strategic thinking.

In the course, you’ll focus on the key perspectives: corporate strategy, growth strategy, business model, strategy process perspective, strategy as practice, platform design and strategy, and implementation.

By participating in this program, you will quickly find answers to the following questions and learn essentials that all managers and leaders need to know about strategy.

  • Why do we need to adopt a historical perspective on strategic management?
  • What are the concepts of corporate strategy, competitive advantage and strategic capabilities?
  • How to think strategically about the growth of organization?
  • What is business model and business model innovation and how do they differ from corporate strategy and growth strategy?
  • What are the key elements of digital technologies that trigger current changes in the economic environment?
  • What does the process perspective on strategy helps us to understand?
  • Why strategy as practice has become increasingly popular perspective in recent years?

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By completing the program, the participant will get Aalto EE Fundamentals of Strategic Management certificate.

8 video lectures

Online excercises and personal reflections to check your understanding of each theme

Learn on your own schedule and pace

Watch the introduction video of the sample module:


The course serves as a cost-effective and flexible way of improving the understanding of strategy of managers and experts. It is also a tool to provide selected teams, groups or departments with a similar level of knowledge.

The course will improve your level of strategic thinking and the understanding of essentials of strategic management - how strategy has evolved as practice and how new technologies affect it.
You will learn basic concepts, frameworks and terms such as strategic planning, corporate strategy, growth strategy, business models, platform strategy, implementations e.g. mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
This course allows for flexible study patterns. You will be able to learn on your own schedule and the speed.


New Learners
This online course is designed for managers and experts willing to learn the fundamentals of strategic management and to understand its implications on decision-making in todays’ organizations.

Learners in Need of Revision
This course is suitable for those who need to revisit the basic concepts and frameworks of strategic management. It also provides excellent preparatory assignment for students prior to enrolling in many of the training programs offered by Aalto EE.



Instructors: Eero Vaara, Professor of Organization and Management, Aalto University and Robin Gustafsson, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Aalto University 

Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The fee for the Fundamentals of Strategic Management online course is € 200 (+ VAT).

The fee includes three months of access to the course content for one person.

VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.

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