Our Story: Stratworth University is the professional education and development unit of Stratworth Strategy Consulting. As a corporate university, it caters to the professional strategy education needs of current and aspiring executives and individuals who currently have or are soon to take on responsibility for the strategic direction of their organizations.
Our Philosophy: At Stratworth University, we believe that global prosperity hinges on the best strategic decisions (add data here). Therefore, we exist to enable and maximize the strategic decision making potential of leaders, by providing the deepest, most rigorous, most creative and the most unconventional strategy education that transforms clients into the most sophisticated, most creative and most unconventional strategy thinkers/strategists (compared to peers), who go on to help their organizations chart the most creative, most unconventional, most impactful/profitable strategies their industries have ever seen; thereby collectively enhancing national, regional and global economies which in turn enhances global prosperity.
Our Model: As a corporate university, Stratworth University is the antithesis to not only conventional professional strategy education programs, but also the antithesis to conventional universities and business schools. We embody a structural fusion of business and university, yet diverge from both realms. Drawing from the world of business, we channel an unwavering commitment to delivering tangible results for our clients and a profound understanding of the real-world strategic challenges confronting strategic leaders. Concurrently, drawing from our academic origins, we infuse academic and research rigor into our strategy programs and curricula.
What You Will LearnThroughout this virtual program, you and your peers will dive into the methodology of design thinking and explore its applications to business strategy. Through a rich learning experience that includes faculty presentations, case studies, small-group workshops, discussions, and hands-on exercises, you will expand your perspective on strategic issues, discover ways to redesign your organization's strategy, and learn how to apply design thinking to drive and sustain business success.
Program FormatThe program takes place over eight weeks, with live, synchronous classes most Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:00 AM to 11:45 AM ET, including a 30-minute break), small group discussions for learning and networking, and an optional post-program virtual follow-up session to touch base on your personal and professional implementation. Class sessions will take place via the Zoom platform. You will also have ample opportunity for interaction with faculty and peers inside and outside the class sessions. Collaborative learning is an integral part of the experience. To maximize the benefit for everyone, you are expected to attend every session, complete all assignments, and contribute effectively in the class and in small groups. We advise setting aside a total of 10-12 hours per week for program work in addition to the synchronous class sessions. Throughout this design strategy course, you and your peers will dive into the methodology of design thinking and explore its applications to business strategy. Through a rich learning experience that includes faculty presentations, case studies, small-group workshops, discussions, and hands-on exercises, you will expand your perspective on strategic issues, discover ways to redesign your organization's strategy, and learn how to apply design thinking to drive and sustain business success.
Key TopicsUnderstanding the innovation process Gaining a big-picture view of the innovation process Defining creativity and its essential role in innovation Building the foundation and structure for innovation success Exploring human-centered design Identifying and understanding what customers need and want in a product, service, or process Understanding who your target users are and how to reach them Examining techniques for achieving deep customer understanding Discovering areas of opportunity Overcoming barriers to innovation through problem framing Identifying problem frames using webbing, abstract ladders, and strategy frameworks Opening up new paths of thinking, redefining problems, and finding areas of opportunity Generating innovative ideas Exploring new approaches to innovative thinking and techniques for idea generation Examining the tools of Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), including task unification, division, attribute dependency, and inversion Applying methods of structured ideation, such as the Nominal Group Technique, Round Robin, Creative Matrix, and Alternate Worlds Developing concepts Focusing on the critical role that prototyping, experimenting, and iteration play in developing ideas Understanding how failed experiments can reveal new options and lead to better final outcomes Examining methods of prototyping, such as wire framing, body storming, think-aloud testing, and simulation Exploring attribute-value mapping, design heuristics, concept poster, rose-thorn-bud, and critique
Your Individual ProjectUpon acceptance into Reimagining Strategy, you will be asked to provide a short description of a current strategic problem or challenge facing your organization. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to work on a strategy to address this issue and seek input from HBS faculty and peers—a process that can help to clarify the root cause of strategic issues and produce a more effective solution.
Post-Program Follow-Up SessionThree to four months after the program ends, you can participate in an optional virtual gathering with HBS faculty members and program participants. During this session, you and your peers will have the opportunity to discuss the status of your strategic projects and the implementation challenges you have encountered. You will share and receive feedback from faculty and peers as you rethink your strategic approach.
Our Values & Principles
We are committed to unparalleled innovation in strategy education, research & practice.
We are similarly committed to unrivaled excellence in all we do, especially in strategy teaching & research.
We commit to both the discovery & rapid advancement of created knowledge into strategic opportunities for all of our stakeholders.
We believe that strategy education is a force for good, and commit to creating positive strategic impact on lives, businesses & the world.