This course is designed to teach students several problem-solving methodologies that complement other managerial tools acquired in undergraduate and graduate studies, focusing on key analytical, communication and influencing skills to solve everyday business problems. The course is organized around the phases of a typical strategy engagement: problem definition, analysis design, data gathering & interviewing, recommendations development & presentation and finally implementation. Students will get to learn and practice specific consulting tools and principles associated with each of these phases, such as issue trees, hypothesis-driven problem-solving, interview guides, etc.
The course will also briefly cover key techniques for project management and skills for successful client management. The course emphasizes hands-on practice with real life examples and it is consciously designed with a global outlook (many cases/examples will be international) since this orientation in many ways highlights the significant emerging trends in strategic management. The course is intended to provide the students with a pragmatic approach that will guide the formulation and implementation of corporate, business, and functional strategies.
Marco Viola was a Columbia Business School faculty member from to 2016.