In the 21st century, organizations aiming to obtain and sustain a competitive advantage need to achieve global efficiency and local responsiveness, while embracing creative solutions and worldwide learning. The Master’s specialization in Strategy & Organization focuses on these management challenges and is built around three topics: globalization, the connected world and ongoing transformation.
As a Master’s student specializing in Strategy & Organization, you will explore the challenges associated with managing the international activities of multinational enterprises and entrepreneurial firms acting across borders. You will be confronted with questions such as: which decision-making processes drive offshoring and nearshoring of R&D, IT and business processes? How do you choose the best location for your production facilities or corporate headquarters? What are the best strategies when gearing up for growth and expansion?
Once you have passed all the components of the Master’s program, you will be awarded the title of Master of Science in Business Administration with the mentioning of your specialization in the diploma supplement. This degree is recognized internationally.
Why VU University Amsterdam?
A strong focus on strategy and organization
You will explore the challenges associated with managing the international activities of multinational enterprises and entrepreneurial firms acting across borders.
Focus on interorganizational collaboration
In addition to internationalization, organizations are increasingly interacting with their environment by means of collaborative relationships and networks. We will encourage you to examine these different forms of interorganizational collaboration, including strategic alliances and networks. You will also delve into the processes and techniques that strategists deploy to enable strategic and organizational change in public as well as corporate settings.
Latest research and practical experience
Strategy & Organization will provide you with a combination of in-depth understanding of the latest research on all these topics, as well as practical research experience and skills, allowing you to cope with the strategic challenges of the 21st century. You will be trained in a range of research methods that can be used to investigate real-life management problems. This challenging program will enhance your analytical and social skills and encourage you to develop your aptitude for engaging in critical discussion and reflection.
Having successfully completed the Master’s specialization in Strategy and Organization, you will be well-equipped to follow a range of promising career paths. Our graduates have embarked on careers as junior consultants with renowned consultancy firms and as business analysts for organizations operating in a variety of industries. Others have set up their own businesses or obtained management positions with multinational companies.
Admission requirements and applicationApplicants with at least a Bachelor's degree from another accredited university are admissible if they have a specialization in Business Administration, witnessed by thorough knowledge of the standard literature described below (or its equivalent):
|Strategy and Environment||De Wit, B., Meyer, R. (2004) Strategy: Process, Content, Context. An International Perspective. 3rd edition, London: Thomson|
|Organization Design||Jones, G.R. (2007) Organizational Design and Change. 5th edition, Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall|