Specialization Seminars in Strategy


Course Objective

• To develop knowledge of, and insight into, theories in the
strategy field
• To develop the ability to critically analyze and evaluate
theories in the strategy field
• To develop the ability to synthesize and integrate theories in
the strategy field
• To develop the ability to make an original scholarly contribution
to the strategy field
• To develop the ability to effectively communicate verbally about
strategy theories
• To develop the ability to effectively communicate in writing
about strategy theories

Course Content

This specialization course takes the form of a research seminar where
the literature that students have read before coming to class is
discussed and critically assessed. The seminar aims to give students a
solid understanding of the main theories of strategy, as well as
insights into the latest developments in strategy research. This will be
done by, first, in depth discussions of three broad schools of thought
in strategy, and second, detailed overviews of three current streams of
strategy research. The recurring theme running through the course will
be the question that is central to much of strategy research: Why do
some firms outperform others?

The three schools of thought in strategy that will be discussed are:
• Industrial organization views of strategy (including the work of
Porter and cooperative game theory)
• Resource-based views of strategy (including knowledge-based and
(dynamic) capabilities views)
• Behavioral and evolutionary views of strategy

The three research streams that will be discussed are:
• Strategic entrepreneurship
• Cooperative strategies
• Stakeholder theory

Teaching Methods

Weekly: two two-hour meetings involving a combination of lectures and
student presentations and discussion

Method of Assessment

The final grade consists of:
• Individual examination (50%): written; open questions.
• Individual assignment (30%): (conceptual) paper
• Class participation (20%)

Conditions to pass the course:
• The score for the individual examination must be 5.5 or higher.
• Attendance is mandatory.

• In the case of a resit only the exam can be retaken;
• Results obtained for the assignment and participation in class
will remain valid.

Additional information:
• Students who miss more than one class will not be allowed to take
the exam.


Course material is available on the Blackboard site of the course

Additional Information

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this Master's programme and, upon approval by the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_SSS
Credits 6 EC
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. F.M. Bridoux
Examiner dr. F.M. Bridoux
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture