Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage

By Prof. Sanjib Chowdhury   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1439
The importance of strategic management cannot be overemphasized in today’s business. The course aims to expose participants to conceptual frameworks and various perspectives related to strategic management. The participants would learn to analyze competitive situations, develop strategy, use of various strategic tools and skillsets, and strategy implementation issues that are generally faced in real-life. These include familiarization with organization’s internal and external environment analysis, competitor’s analysis; crafting strategy including multi-business strategy and international business strategy; implementation and related issues such as resource allocation, organization structure, culture and leadership. The course essentially takes the viewpoints of senior and top management executives with a major focus on the enterprise as a whole, rather than each functional area.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Management students (MBA, Ph.D.) and academics, management professionals at various levels; Commerce and HRM students, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and related disciplines.

PREREQUISITES: Must be a graduate in science, arts, commerce, engineering or equivalent degree

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All organizations be it Government or non-Government, profit or non-profit, business or charity, manufacturing or service, utility or IT, military and others need strategic management for long-term planning, growth, efficient operations and survival.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 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: Basic concepts of corporate strategy, External Environmental Analysis
Week 2:Competitive Analysis
Week 3:Internal Corporate analysis
Week 4:Strategy Formulation, Strategic Choices
Week 5:Multi-business strategy
Week 6:Strategies for competing in International market
Week 7:Strategy Implementation
Week 8:Strategy Implementation, Organizational culture and Leadership
Week 9:Strategic Evaluation, Monitoring and Control
Week 10:Corporate Governance
Week 11:Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability
Week 12:Strategic Enablers

Books and references

  1. Crafting and Executing Strategy – The Quest for Competitive Advantage, Thomson & Strickland, McGraw-Hill Publications, 21st edition.
  2. Exploring Strategy – Text and Cases, Gerry Johnson, Richard Whittington, Kevan Scholes, Duncan Angwin, and Patrick Regner, Pearson, 10th edition.
  3. Strategic Management - Planning for Domestic and Global Competition, John A. Pearce II, Richard B.Robinson, Amita Mital, McGraw Hill Education, 14th edition.
  4. Contemporary Strategy Analysis – Text and Cases, Robert M. Grant, 8th ed, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  5. Strategic Management Formulation, Implementation and Control, Pearce & Robinson, McGraw-Hill Publications.
  6. The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Porter, The Free Press.
  7. Strategic Management – An Integrated Approach, Charles Hill & Gareth Jones, Cengage Learning, 9th edition.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sanjib Chowdhury

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Sanjib Chowdhury holds B. Tech., M. Tech., and Ph. D. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management all from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has 38 years of work experience including 4 years in academics and 34 years in two major oil companies in India and Kuwait in cross-functional areas of: Strategic and Corporate Planning, Business Performance Improvement, Optimization of operations and processes, Project Management, HR and General Management. He is currently a full time Visiting Faculty at VGSoM, IIT Kharagpur.He is the recipient of Kuwait Gulf Oil Company’s Ideal Employee Award, ONGC Chairman’s Award, ONGC Director’s Award to mention a few. Based on his work experience, he has authored a book titled “Optimization and Business Improvement studies in Upstream Oil and Gas Industry”, John Wiley & Sons Inc., New Jersey, USA, August 2016 ; he has also published several technical papers in journals of repute ".

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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