At a glance
- See strategy as a leadership tool: use it to provide clear leadership and direction to employees and stakeholders
- Critique and develop your own organisation's strategy
- Understand how strategies impact an organisation’s performance
- Overcome internal challenges to strategy and drive your business forward
- Create strategies that 'stick' within your organisation
In-person delivery will take place in accordance with, and subject to, the latest government guidance and measures put in place by the University of Reading.
Designed for senior executives, The Strategy Programme helps you kick-start the strategic review process in your organisation. It focuses on specific issues in your organisation and gives you the tools to create and implement strategies that address them.
At Henley, strategy is seen as an essential leadership tool rather than just a thinking process. While theory is a major part of the agenda, this is not at the expense of practical learning - which is delivered through workshops, strategy critique activities and group discussion. A follow-up day gives you the opportunity to check progress and maintain momentum while implementing your strategy.
You will be encouraged to think about strategy in the long-term, while making sure you remain agile in a competitive business environment.
Define and demystify strategy in a business setting
Understand the role of strategy in leadership and employee engagement
Learn to critique and challenge existing business strategies at the highest level
Gain new strategy tools and concepts to use in your organisation
Build your peer network
£5,495 + VAT (including residential costs).
Standard rate VAT is applicable for UK businesses; overseas businesses based in the EU without a VAT number; and individuals based in the UK, EU, or rest of the world.
The Strategy Programme is workshop-style and how-to focused. Over three days at Henley, you will gain the tools and capabilities to develop and implement your organisational strategy. A follow-up day then enables you to check progress and maintain momentum.
This programme is underpinned by rigorous research, with delivery always from a practitioner’s point of view.
The programme runs for a total of four days:
Before the programme starts you will:
Module 1 enables you to develop your understanding of how strategies create value and how to use strategy as a leadership tool. You will have the chance to review your organisation's strategy against best practice and develop it further.
In this module you will study:
You will also:
Dr Jeff Callander
Back in your organisation, you will apply what you have learned by taking action and assessing its effectiveness. Ahead of the follow-up day you will prepare a new strategy critique and 5-minute presentation.
Module 2 will give you the opportunity to present, assess and refine your updated business strategy critiques.
In this module, you will analyse:
Dr Jeff Callander
After the programme, you can remain part of the Henley Business School community by:
*The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.
Programme Director Jeff Callander has been a management consultant for the past 28 years, with specific expertise in developing and contributing to business strategies. He has been involved in over 150 projects in more than 50 countries. His experience spans many industries and he has worked with many blue-chip FMCG and B2B companies, developing customer-focused business strategies, running board-level business improvement projects and creating customer-facing organisations. Jeff has been a lecturer in strategy at Henley Business School for over 15 years.
"Team members are already taking ownership of a wider range of tasks and it feels as if we are moving forward together, in a clearer and more cohesive way."
Greg Dawson, Deputy Managing Director, Scottish Agronomy Ltd
"I recommend you try this course if you get a chance – you will learn something new and revealing, relevant and pragmatic that helps you in your business."
Delash Patel, Director of Product Architecture and Strategy, IGT
"Hands down, the most effective programme I’ve ever been on."
The following reductions are available on programmes fees
- 10% for Henley alumni*
- 10% for members of The Henley Partnership
The following discount is available on programme fees when multiple open programmes are booked. Payment is required in advance and this offer is subject to eligibility**.
- 10% 2-4 people
- 15% 5-9 people
- 20% 10+ people
A 50% discount is available to registered charities.
It is subject to eligibility and available at Henley Business School's discretion**
* Alumni discount is available to Henley Business School alumni (as part of University of Reading) not to graduates of Henley Management College.
** Please contact us for eligibility criteria, availability and terms.
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Why choose Henley?
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For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:
- Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
- Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
- Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
- Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.