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UC Davis MBA & Strategy
Concentration Information

The Strategy concentration provide a systematic analysis of the factors associated with customers and competitors (the external environment) and the organization itself (the internal environment) to provide a basis for rethinking the current management practices. Its objective is to achieve better alignment of corporate policies and strategic priorities. This concentration complements technical concentrations, such as business analytics, finance and marketing, by providing a more strategic framework to apply and integrate specific tools and techniques.

Possible Career Paths

  • Consulting
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning

Suggested and Related Courses


215 Business Law

Covers the study of the legal environment of business. Subject matter includes an introduction to the American legal system, legal reasoning, contracts, agency, business organizations, and government regulation. Provides students with a basic understanding of the significant legal issues that confront managers and executives.


223 Power and Influence in Management

Most social scientists define power as “the capacity to get what you want over the resistance of others” and influence as “the translation of power into action”.  Power and Influence in Management examines the bases of subunit and individual power in organizations and the means by which subunit and individual power is translated into influence.  The course assumes that leaders sometimes must acquire power to be effective, but recognizes that leaders do not always use power in the interests of the organization.  Thus, the course explores the positive and negative effects that


246 Negotiation in Organizations

This course is designed to help students develop the ability to effectively negotiate in a competitive business environment. It focuses on negotiation skill-building in the areas of individual conflict management, team management, performance appraisal, corporate impression management and inter-organizational project management.The course will be taught largely through in-class simulations to provide an opportunity for experiential learning.The simulations will also allow students to develop a personal style of negotiation by discovering what works best for them in different situations.


251 Management of Innovation

This course focuses on the management of technology-based innovation. Topics include the impact of new technologies on industries, dominant designs, incremental and transformative innovations, and the life-cycle of products. The class will examine the organization of highly innovative firms, and the relationship of core competencies to both innovation and rigidity. Addresses the relationship of innovation to management practices such as leadership, competitive strategic planning and teamwork by using cases and field studies. Students perform an innovation audit of an area firm.


267 Teams and Technology

This course teaches the theory and processes of group and team behavior so that you can successfully manage groups and work effectively in a variety of group settings. The first goal of the course is to provide conceptual guidelines for analyzing and diagnosing group dynamics and determining one’s strategic options as a manager. The second goal is to understand how technological change affects team processes in organizations. Finally, this course will impart practical interpersonal skills for implementing effective strategies for group situations.


268 Articulation and Critical Thinking

Develop competency in business writing and oral presentations. Build critical thinking skills. Topics include behavioral economics, false claims, deductive and inductive reasoning, correlation/causality, business ethics.Formerly titled “Management Communications”. Course name/description change under review by Academic Senate.


271 Strategic Cost Management

This class examines how firms use organizational design and cost management to achieve a sustainable cost structure as a basis for superior profit performance. A value chain framework is used to explore how firms design and structure business processes for strategic advantage. We start with an overview of how modern product costing systems work and their limitations as a basis for strategic cost management. We then study how firms manage costs during product design and development, production and/or service delivery, and after the sale.


285 Time Series Analysis and Forecasting

Helps managers face problems of forecasting the future value of external and internal factors such as product demand, input prices, inventory levels, interest rates, advertising budgets, etc. Covers techniques to aid in this task, including time series analysis, which is the statistical analysis of past data series to produce forecasts for future values of the series. Covers methods such as exponential smoothing, Box-Jenkins modeling, seasonal adjustment, decomposition, curve fitting and multiple regression.


291 Leadership

This course will focus on effective strategies for leading and managing companies. CEOs and business leaders are scheduled to speak in class and share their experiences in leadership. The course will include strategies and tools applicable for managers at all organizational levels.


297 International Study Trip

Destination: Switzerland

This class is designed to help develop knowledge, skills and desire to do business in the international marketplace. Each time, we pick a new part of the world to study that reflects some special opportunity. The course will begin with discussion of importance of international business and theory of Comparative Advantage and the continued trend towards globalization. The class will follow up with appreciation of spectrum of key cultural parameters: individual independence or group conformity; hierarchical or flat societies; feeling or thinking decision-making; implicit or explicit communication styles; legal contracts or personal relationships; etc. We will discuss how these cultural tendencies shape business practices. Next we’ll build an appreciation for international risk by discussing corporate governance, foreign exchange fluctuations, political/economic infrastructure, taxation policies, and sovereign credit ratings. We’ll use case studies to enhance discussion of theories.


291 The Causes of Organizational Wrongdoing

“The Causes of Organizational Wrongdoing” is motivated by the implicit contradiction between two personal observations. My experience suggests that the overwhelming majority of managers (and management students) aspire to manage in ethical, socially responsible, and law-abiding ways and embrace socially acceptable ideas about the difference between right and wrong. But media reports and academic studies suggest that unethical, socially irresponsible, and illegal behavior is common in organizations.


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