Growth Strategies and Organizational Challenges


Course Objective

Academic and Research Skills:
• To grasp and illustrate the theories and focal concepts of growth at
the individual, firm, and industry level.

Knowledge of Theory + Methods and Solving Complex Problems:
• To understand, describe and explain the motives, modes, and dilemmas
of growing a firm in mature and emerging markets at home and abroad.
• To understand and describe the organizational challenges,
contingencies, and outcomes of various growth strategies.

Professional Social Skills:
• To propose evidence-based managerial interventions targeted at
financial or non-financial growth.

Horizon Beyond Professional Area:
• To critically evaluate research on growth strategies.

Self-Reflective Professional:
• To apply insights from the GS&OC course to the professional growth
trajectory in the S&O Master specialization.

Course Content

´Growth is magic. It makes it easier to fund new investments, attract
great talent, and acquire assets. But the environment for growth has
been difficult since 2008, and while there are signs that the Great
Recession is at last receding, significant challenges remain.´ (Atsmon
and Smit, 2015). According to McKinsey, we’re still living in a business
environment in which ‘grow or go’ dictates strategists’ behaviors.
Growing a firm and dealing with organizational challenges effectively is
therefore more than ever key for competitive reasons.
The GS&OC course focuses on contemporary growth challenges in mature and
emerging markets at home and abroad. The course addresses core growth
challenges at the individual, firm, and industry level. Throughout the
course, we pay attention to how researchers study growth-related topics.
Students are invited to co-study relevant growth challenges and to apply
insights in a real life case study.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Written exam; case study report; reflective paper; systematic literature


Scholarly articles, to be announced

Target Audience

BA master students

Recommended background knowledge

Strategic management

General Information

Course Code E_BA_GSOC
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. M.J. Flikkema
Examiner dr. M.J. Flikkema
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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