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Certified in Strategy & Organization

Certified in Strategy & Organization

Become an Effective Strategist in Management

The Certified in Strategy & Organization Program is the broadest of all WHU Certified in Programs. It introduces basic concepts and theories with regard to strategy and different functions in an organization. Courses are pitched at the MBA level, which means that relevance and applicability to your job are at their core. All courses consist of highly interactive lectures as well as group work. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate (incl. 8 ECTS) after successfully completing the program.

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Program Content

The Certified in Strategy & Organization Program gives you a comprehensive overview of strategy at both company and a competitive level and familiarizes you with the important functions within an enterprise.

This program consists of the following courses: Economics of Corporate & Competitive Strategy, Operations Management, Strategic Sourcing, Organizational Behavior.

To receive a certification, you must participate in 4 courses with a total of 12 teaching days, and successfully pass each course’s examination. The certificate grants 8 ECTS credits (13% of an MBA).

Program Benefits

Economics of Corporate & Competitive Strategy

  • Understand how enterprises can create value and position themselves within the arena of markets
  • Examine how changes in economic or industry conditions affect business strategy and how to reduce uncertainty by anticipating the future evolution of the external environment

Operations Management

  • Learn how to effectively analyze, manage, and improve the processes within manufacturing or service companies
  • Analyze the essentiality of manufacturing in Europe

Strategic Sourcing

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge about the main theories, concepts, and tools needed for successful global sourcing/supply management
  • Receive a set of concepts and practical tools to use in support of your supply management decision making

Organizational Behavior

  • Develop a critical understanding of the key issues and concepts in organizational behavior
  • Hone capabilities for leadership roles that require management of relationships, teams, and organizations

Innovation Management

  • Get an overview of fundamental aspects of innovation management as part of a general management program at master’s level
  • Understand strategic, organizational, and procedural aspects of managing product, process, and business model innovation across different industrial and competitive environments

Participant Profile

The Certified in Strategy & Organization Program is most suitable for young and middle management talents who would like to familiarize themselves with the basics of business administration. In particular, participants with a first degree in engineering, law, social sciences etc. will benefit from this program.

Participants should be willing and able to engage fully during the courses, as team work makes up a substantial part of the programs and course gradings. The participants come from diverse industry and organizational backgrounds, further enriching the learning experience and creating a valuable network of peers.

Admission requirements: To apply for this program, a proof of a Bachelor or equivalent first degree is necessary. Furthermore, participants are expected to have a minimum of two years of professional experience.

You can find the complete certificate regulation here. The program language is English.

For ECTS credits to be granted proof of a Bachelor or equivalent first degree is necessary.

Program Format and Module Dates

The program consists of 4 courses, including 12 teaching days. The courses are held on Saturdays and Sundays at WHU Campus Düsseldorf. Registration is possible until 4 weeks before the start of the course. New course dates will be published on a regular base. Please contact us directly for a personal consultation regarding timings.

If you are interested in completing more than one Certified in Program, you are welcome to contact us directly regarding special offers ( We are very happy to consult you on your options.

Current Course Dates:
  • Innovation Management: Mar 25, 26, Apr 1, 2023
  • Operations Management: Apr 22, 29, 30, 2023
  • Operations Management: May 28, Jun 3, 4, 2023
  • Strategic Sourcing: Apr 22, May 6, 7, 2023
  • Strategic Sourcing: May 27, Jun 3, 4, 2023
  • Economics of Corporate & Competitive Strategy: Jan 13, 14, 27, 2024
  • Economics of Corporate & Competitive Strategy: Jan 28, Feb 3, 4, 2024
  • Organizational Behavior: Feb 17, Mar 2, 16, 2024
  • Organizational Behavior: Feb 18, Mar 3, 17, 2024
  • Strategic Sourcing: Apr 20, 21, May 25, 2024
  • Strategic Sourcing: May 26, Jun 8, 9, 2024
  • Operations Management: May 4, 5, 25, 2024
  • Operations Management: May 26, Jun 8, 9, 2024
New course dates will be published on a regular basis.
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Parental leave: Take the chance to enhance your professional skillset

WHU Executive Education is supporting parents on parental leave who are looking for new educational challenges: The Certified in Programs at WHU represent a great learning opportunity to acquire new business knowledge during their time off work. These programs take place on Saturdays and Sundays so that they can easily combined with the daily routines of parents. The Certified in Programs provide specialization in either the topic Marketing & Sales, Finance & Accounting or Strategy & Organization.

We are delighted to offer parents on parental leave a complimentary Birkman Profile & Analysis on top of any Certified in Program. The Birkman Profile & Analysis is designed to measure employees’ occupational needs and behaviors across broad categories. Based on the results, personal strength and weaknesses as well as motivations can be discovered. This will help participants to reflect on their work performance and improve it regarding their personality type.

For more information regarding this offer, please contact us directly.

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