Strategic Thinking and Action

  • Assess your organization's performance, and create new strategies to overcome uncertainty and meet new challenges head on. 

    • Out-maneuver industry transformations, profit pressures, new competitors and evolving business models.
    • Spot opportunities in the shifting global marketplace, and position your organization to take advantage of them.
    • Envision potential scenarios, and develop new strategies to avoid the worst and attain the best outcomes for your organization.
  • Program Overview

    Unlock the secrets of internationally competitive organizations. 

    • Build a unified strategy to align your organization's units for sustainable growth and performance.
    • With the help of experts - in decision analysis, entrepreneurship, post-merger integration, and strategic planning and implementation - identify when, how and why certain strategies are most effective.
    • Workshop your ideas, and receive expert advice for turning strategies into action.

    Outcomes & Impact

    • Gain a foundational understanding of competitive advantage and sustainability
    • Discover how companies create and capture value across the value chain
    • Understand how organizational capabilities are built in successful firms and why some firms fail
    • Maintain flexibility to overhaul strategic plans in response to breaking news
    • Determine which market conditions and corporate changes actually necessitate those shifts


    Strategic Thinking and Action counts as one credit toward a Darden Certificate in Management . Complete this program and earn three additional credits for a total of four credits within a four-year period to earn your certificate.


    This program is designed for managers and executives who want to secure their businesses against internal breakdowns and global threats.

    SMT participants


    Sam Bodily

    Samuel E. Bodily

    John Tyler Professor of Business Administration
    Bodily's research and expertise focuses on decision and risk analysis, strategy modeling and analysis, forecasting, and lifetime consumption and investment planning. In addition to teaching strategy and decision analysis, he is a consultant to many corporations, utilities and government agencies.

    Jay Bourgeois

    L.J. Bourgeois III

    Professor of Business Administration | Senior Fellow, Darden Center for Global Initiatives
    L. J. Bourgeois III is an expert on strategy and post-merger integration. He has consulted for a variety of North and Latin American, European, Asian, Australian and African corporations on strategic planning, strategy implementation and post-merger integration, and has designed and conducted various seminars in strategic thinking.



    S. Venkataraman

    MasterCard Professor of Business Administration | Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
    Venkataraman ("Venkat") teaches MBA and executive level courses in strategy, entrepreneurship and ethics. He facilitates strategy discussion for firms and is an adviser to companies, universities and government organizations.


    Darden School of Business
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the  Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.