Planning and Strategy Management Courses

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    COMPETITIVE STRATEGIES AND VALUE INNOVATION

    Why Attend

    This course introduces key concepts, tools, and principles of strategic management allowing managers to create their organization's unique sustainable competitive advantage using differentiation, low cost, or focus strategies. The course also offers managers insight into the concepts, tools, and methodologies of the blue ocean strategy. Participants will learn the strategic logic behind creating blue oceans of uncontested market space and gain understanding into how this concept complements and goes beyond the traditional approaches to strategy.

     

    Course Methodology

    This program uses an interactive and cooperative learning methodology to actively engage participants into the most effective learning process by using lectures, participants-led presentations, extensive case studies and analysis, teamwork and brainstorming, and video segments followed by discussions.

     

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Distinguish between low cost, differentiation, focus and best cost strategies
    • Implement low cost strategies in their organizations to gain cost advantages over rivals
    • Recognize and apply differentiation strategies in their organizations to gain differentiation advantages against rivals
    • Apply the basic concepts, tools and frameworks of blue ocean strategy to create a new market place
    • Explain how blue ocean strategy is 'put into action'
     

    Target Audience

    Professionals, managers, and executives who are involved in influencing and supporting the business and functional level strategies of their organization

     

    Target Competencies

    • Business acumen
    • Formulating a strategy
    • Planning at business and functional levels 
    • Innovation and creativity
    • Critical thinking
    • Decision making

     

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    SHAPING THE FUTURE: TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING STRATEGIC FORESIGHT

    Why Attend

    The world is rapidly changing driven by technology, globalization, and the increasing interdependence between countries and cultures. Since the world of the future, where will be living in, will be significantly different from today’s, it is critical for governments, organizations, and leaders to better understand how future scenarios will be shaped. Those capable of examining possible, probable and desirable futures can capitalize on more opportunities and find better ways to positively influence the future that is being created today.

    In this course, attendees will build up their knowledge and skills in futures studies in a visionary and futures-oriented way. They will also learn to conceptualize reality and events using a systematic approach to analyze developments and decision-making processes in the light of global change.

    Attendees who successfully pass this course will be qualified as experts in the business of the future.

     

    Course Methodology

    This course relies on the use of interactive case studies to demonstrate the different components of futures studies. In addition, this course utilizes individual debriefs, group discussions, role-playing scenarios, videos, and presentations.

     

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Explain how companies and governments can use the study of futurology
    • Distinguish between possible, probable and preferable futures
    • Apply scenario thinking using the futures wheel and environmental scanning
    • Recognize the connection between the foresight and strategy process
    • Use futures studies to manage and mitigate risk
     

    Target Audience

    All leaders, managers and senior professionals who are involved in influencing, formulating or supporting the long term planning of their department or organization, as well as those who are interested in learning more about futures studies.

     

    Target Competencies

    • Creative thinking
    • Conceptual thinking
    • Situation analysis
    • Future thinking
    • Theoretical problem solving
    • Systems judgement
    • Critical thinking
    • Scenario analysis

     

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    STRATEGY MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

    Why Attend
    The public sector’s role and its classical paradigm of slow movement is
    changing. This fast paced change requires a specialized look at the meaning
    of strategy management in this exciting sector. Compared to private sector
    organizations, the public sector has a tremendously complex network of
    stakeholders, partners and customers with varying expectations. Beyond
    that, each public sector entity needs to understand its role in achieving
    higher purpose goals that meet the competitiveness ambition of the
    jurisdiction in which it operates.
    In this course, we will define and practice the importance of
    competitiveness as a nation. We will also deep dive into the elements of the
    strategy pyramid in the public sector starting with setting a national vision,
    cascading this vision to entities, putting the right Key Performance
    Indicators (KPIs) to measure success, deciding on public policy and
    collaborating with partners to execute the strategy through initiatives.
    Target Audience
    All managers and professionals who are involved in influencing, formulating
    or supporting the planning and strategy of their government or semi
    government entity, department or corporation. The course is also beneficial
    to those who are responsible for linking, measuring and improving the
    performance of the organization, including sector and department
    managers, strategy or performance management professionals, balanced
    scorecard course managers, and research analysts.
    Target Competencies
    Strategic thinking and planning
    Service innovation
    Performance management
    Partnerships development
    Policy making
    Leadership skills
    Critical thinking
    Public sector competitiveness
    skills
    Course Methodology
    The course reviews best practices in strategy management from different
    nations around the globe. We will look at national and entity level examples
    from UAE, Singapore, UK, US, and other nations. The main strategy
    management framework used is the balanced scorecard which is tailored
    for this sector. Participants will practice each element of the strategy
    management process through real life cases studies and engaging activities.
    Course Objectives
    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
    Describe the overall public sector structure, ambition and the need for
    competitiveness to achieve national prosperity and growth
    Translate stakeholder ambition and needs into a strategic plan to achieve
    an entity’s mandate
    Employ the public policy development process effectively to achieve the
    strategic plan
    Design and manage strategic initiatives and cross entity collaboration
    mechanisms to effectively execute strategies
    Utilize a practical performance management system to develop and
    sustain a performance culture

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    COMPETITIVE STRATEGIES AND VALUE INNOVATION

    Why Attend

    This course introduces key concepts, tools, and principles of strategic management allowing managers to create their organization's unique sustainable competitive advantage using differentiation, low cost, or focus strategies. The course also offers managers insight into the concepts, tools, and methodologies of the blue ocean strategy. Participants will learn the strategic logic behind creating blue oceans of uncontested market space and gain understanding into how this concept complements and goes beyond the traditional approaches to strategy.

     

    Course Methodology

    This program uses an interactive and cooperative learning methodology to actively engage participants into the most effective learning process by using lectures, participants-led presentations, extensive case studies and analysis, teamwork and brainstorming, and video segments followed by discussions.

     

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Distinguish between low cost, differentiation, focus and best cost strategies
    • Implement low cost strategies in their organizations to gain cost advantages over rivals
    • Recognize and apply differentiation strategies in their organizations to gain differentiation advantages against rivals
    • Apply the basic concepts, tools and frameworks of blue ocean strategy to create a new market place
    • Explain how blue ocean strategy is 'put into action'
     

    Target Audience

    Professionals, managers, and executives who are involved in influencing and supporting the business and functional level strategies of their organization

     

    Target Competencies

    • Business acumen
    • Formulating a strategy
    • Planning at business and functional levels 
    • Innovation and creativity
    • Critical thinking
    • Decision making

     

  • latest blog post
    COMPETITIVE STRATEGIES AND VALUE INNOVATION

    Why Attend

    This course introduces key concepts, tools, and principles of strategic management allowing managers to create their organization's unique sustainable competitive advantage using differentiation, low cost, or focus strategies. The course also offers managers insight into the concepts, tools, and methodologies of the blue ocean strategy. Participants will learn the strategic logic behind creating blue oceans of uncontested market space and gain understanding into how this concept complements and goes beyond the traditional approaches to strategy.

     

    Course Methodology

    This program uses an interactive and cooperative learning methodology to actively engage participants into the most effective learning process by using lectures, participants-led presentations, extensive case studies and analysis, teamwork and brainstorming, and video segments followed by discussions.

     

    Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Distinguish between low cost, differentiation, focus and best cost strategies
    • Implement low cost strategies in their organizations to gain cost advantages over rivals
    • Recognize and apply differentiation strategies in their organizations to gain differentiation advantages against rivals
    • Apply the basic concepts, tools and frameworks of blue ocean strategy to create a new market place
    • Explain how blue ocean strategy is 'put into action'
     

    Target Audience

    Professionals, managers, and executives who are involved in influencing and supporting the business and functional level strategies of their organization

     

    Target Competencies

    • Business acumen
    • Formulating a strategy
    • Planning at business and functional levels 
    • Innovation and creativity
    • Critical thinking
    • Decision making