Syllabus for Corporate Strategy


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FE866
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Business Studies A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-02-01
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2018
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in business studies. Proficiency in English.

    For incoming exchange students only 60 credits or equivalent in business studies are required, though 90 credits is strongly recommended. Proficiency in English.

  • Responsible department: Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

Master's Programme in Business and Management - specialisation International Business.

Learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to develop a good understanding of the link between theory and practice with particular focus on corporate strategy. This concerns issues such as the development, management, and deployment of the firm’s resource- and capability-base across different businesses and environments.

After completing this course the student will:

  • Have knowledge of and understand different corporate strategies
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities of multinational enterprises in relation to corporate strategy
  • Understand and be able to apply different analytical techniques in a global context vis-à-vis strategic decisions in corporations
  • Be able to analyse different industry settings and relate this to corporate level strategic decision-making
  • Have an ability to develop models for corporate strategies and evaluate the consequences of these models.


The course covers a general introduction to strategy in order to create a common platform for the discussions pertaining to corporate strategy. The course covers two main themes, namely (a) the organisation of global business and collaboration (e.g., strategic alliances, networks, diversification, global sourcing, and vertical integration), as well as (b) how to create value in a global context (e.g., research and development strategies, value capture, and risk and uncertainty).


The course will emphasise a dialogue-based teaching approach encompassing open discussions. Lectures will mostly be literature-based but can also include short cases in order to elucidate corporate strategic challenges of the multinational enterprise. The instructions are also accompanied by case exercises as well as group exercises and individual assignments. Students are expected to be well-prepared and actively participate in discussions.


The student will get one single grade, equivalent to 7.5 credits.

Examination includes exams, assignments and seminars. The grade for the entire course is based on an assessment of all parts of the examination.

Grading criteria are presented in the study guide provided at the beginning of the course. The following grades will be used: pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), and fail (U). Examinations handed in late will not be assessed except under special circumstances. Any remaining supplemental work must be completed and handed in by the deadline specified in the study guide. Otherwise the entire course (all examinations included) must be retaken during subsequent course sections, pending availability of a place in the course.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Disciplinary Committee of the University, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a designated period.

NOTE: Only completed courses can count toward a degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2017

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Grant, Robert M. Contemporary strategy analysis : text and cases

    Ninth edition: Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley, 2016

    Find in the library


  • Readings compiled by the department

    Företagsekonomiska institutionen,


Last modified: 2022-04-26