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Strategic Practices and Execution

Core Course

From the course strategic practicies and execution, you’ll learn how to think strategically in an organisational context and how to implement and execute strategy in practice.

Purpose and description of the course

Strategy is key in the effort to secure survival and success of organisations. It contributes to the formation and creation of competitive advantage. However, strategy is also a term often applied without sufficient precision to an entire organization, and, subsequently, the execution of the strategic plan is not always successful.

The aim of this course is to strengthen the participant’s competencies in working with strategic practices based on a solid theoretical foundation. The purpose of the course is to bridge strategy and planning/analysis tools and combining these with the daily strategic practices. This is done by looking at strategy as a particular way of viewing and understanding organisations – and not only as a set of tools and methods reserved for periods of strategic planning, which often is not very well connected with the everyday running of the business.

The outset is a thorough introduction to strategy and a walkthrough of the most current trends addressing recent developments in the field. Hereafter, the principles for strategic practice will be taken under review, while the last stage of the session will provide the participants with the opportunity to reflect, present and discuss their own experiences with strategic practices and execution. Throughout the course, the students will be exposed to a long line of theories, tools and methods, as well as concrete cases that illustrates the many facets and complexity connected to working with strategy in practice.
We will also be examining how theories and tools can be implemented in practice, how strategies should be translated from its written form to how it is supposed to be implemented, as well as how it should be undertaken across the different organisational sections. Through this approach, we will attempt to address some possible challenges connected to working with strategy in practice.

Key themes in the course

  • Strategy is much more than a tool or discipline. It is a way of understanding the business and of thinking and acting in a way that provides a perspective on how organisations work.
  • The necessity of continuously thinking and acting strategically as a natural part of working in an organization.
  • How one connects the written and approved strategy with the practical implementation.
  • How one uses tools, theories and models to support the strategic work without simplifying the complex interconnections.

Your learning outcome

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Think and act strategically in an organisational context.
  • Identify which data are relevant and necessary in undertaking a thorough strategic analysis
  • Which local strategies should be connected to the organisation’s overarching strategy
  • To choose the best applicable analytical tools and adapt them to the specific situation.

Who should attend this course

This course is targeted towards all wishing to gain a greater understanding of strategy as a way of thinking and acting, and anyone specifically wishing to specialize in the execution and implementation of strategies. The course is aimed directly at managers and middle managers working with the composition and execution of strategies on different levels in an organisation. The course is just as relevant for specialists and key employees, who is either directly involved in the strategic work or are involved in the translation of strategies to practice through their function.


Marcus Larsen

professor MSO

Marcus Møller Larsen

Institut for Strategi og Innovation

Francesco Di Lorenzo


Francesco Di Lorenzo

Institut for Strategi og Innovation


Fall 2022

Class dates
  • 28/11/2022
  • 29/11/2022
  • 12/12/2022
  • 13/12/2022

Each day from 9.00 – 17.00
Address: CBS, Dalgas have 15, Frederiksberg 2000


Oral examination based on a written synopsis:
Written synopsis deadline: 3th January 2023 Oral examination: 12th and/or 13th January 2023