Strategic Thinking

About the course

Short-term Professional Extension Program Abroad

Program Theme

Understanding, planning and executing strategic changes in today’s business world. Key elements for strategic decision making.


Undergraduate students and young professionals from different backgrounds interested in Business Strategy.


To discuss Strategic Thinking current challenges in organizations, enabling the participant to formulate initiatives in the search of competitive advantages for companies.

Strategic Thinking

Benefits for scholarship holders participating in this program:

  • Free Business English
  • Guidance and documents for obtaining the US Visa

  • Full support for academic and logistic preparation for the program

Why should I attend this course?

  • Lectures given by university PhDs or specialists with vast executive experience;
  • Meetings with local executives included in the activity grid;
  • Technical visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York;
  • Opportunity for international networking with professionals interested in Business Strategy.

Check the opinion of our former students

Testimonials from IBS Americas students who attended State University of New York

July - 2019

Daiana Mesa Leon

Strategic Thinking

July - 2019

Gustavo Sader

Strategic Thinking

July - 2016

Gabriela Skoczylas

Strategic Thinking


Overview of strategic management. Main thoughts/schools/models of strategic management. General environment; Industry Analysis (Porter's Five-force Model of Competition). Value Net analysis and Game Theory model. Company Visits and Business Cases.

Hyper-competition, Disruptive Changes, and New trends of Strategic Management at Information Age. Strategy and Society. Capability, Knowledge, Competency Analysis. Company Visits and Business Cases.


Cost Leadership Strategy; and How to fight with cost leaders; Differentiation Strategy; Sourcing Strategy/Vertical Integration/Diversification Strategy; International Strategy. Entry Modes; Global strategy; Transnational strategy; Strategic Implementation; Back Bay Battery Strategic Simulation from HBS. Business Cases and Graduation Ceremony.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program participants receive two certificates:  

Certificate in Executive Management – for the thematic courses in the areas of administration 
Business English Program – for the Business English module ]

Consult your university for additional hours and credits. 

Courses are 3 weeks with classes from Monday to Wednesday full-time. The student will take the administration module in one period and, in the case of students from the United States and England, the English module in another. In Italy, the other period is dedicated to the preparation of the work to be presented at the end of the course. 
On Thursdays, students in the thematic courses have company visits or lectures with local executives. 
Please refer to the course page for specific details of course load, syllabus and extra activities. 

We recommend that you take your laptop to develop the work and activities. It will also be useful for accessing the library and digital materials made available by the professors. 

Professor Ricardo Britto

PhD in Business Administration from FEA/USP, he is one of the most experienced Brazilian professors in International Business.

  • Location
    New Paltz/Albany - United States
  • Dates
    3 weeks (January or July)
  • Investment
    U$ 8,400 + Enrollment: U$ 90
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  • Program Profile
    Classes and company visits in a full-time basis
  • Workload
    80h classroom/activities/company visits
  • Additional Activity
    Business English module included in the program with 27 hours of classes
  • Students per Classroom
    From 15 to 30
  • Certification
    Certificate in Executive Management and Business English
  • Language
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