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Best Free MOOCs In Business In March

Strategic Planning and Execution

School: University of Virginia (Darden

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: REGISTER HERE

Start Date: March 5, 2018

Workload: 2-5 Hours Per Week 

Grades: Students can choose to explore course videos, discussions, and ungraded assignments for free, but they won’t be able to submit graded assignments, earn a certificate, or complete a specialization without paying a $79 fee. 

Instructors: Michael Lenox and Jared Harris

Credentials: Professor Lenox is responsible for teaching the core MBA strategy course at Darden, where he also serves as Associate Dean and Director of the Batten Institute For Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also serves as President of the Alliance For Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) and made the list of Poets and Quants’ “Top 40 Under 40” professors.

A faculty member at Darden since 2006, Harris teaches first year ethics and strategy courses in the MBA program. His research, which focuses on ethics, corporate governance, and entrepreneurship, has been published in academic journals ranging from the Strategic Management Journal to Corporate Reputation Review (as well as cited in national outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Description: In this course, students will learn “how to organize and implement a successful strategy setting process, how to conduct strategy research, how to ensure that annual planning and budgeting support the organization’s strategy, and how to manage the organization’s board of directors, senior managers, and line employees to ensure that everyone’s efforts are aligned with the organization’s strategy.”

Review: “I recently completed the Strategic Planning and Execution course by the University of Virginia, Darden Business School. The content was clearly presented and relevant. The case studies helped me relate the concepts to real world businesses, environment and challenges. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in strategic analysis, formulation and strategy execution.” For additional reviews, click here.

Additional Notes: This is the fourth of a five course specialization from the University of Virginia called “Business Strategy.” To learn more about this specialization and register for it, click here.