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Business Strategy Programs at Harvard

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Contribute to Your Organization’s Success

Develop your ability to innovate, think strategically, and gain a competitive advantage for your organization through our intensive business strategy programs. Explore proven business theories and strategic tools through hands-on exercises, interactive lectures, and dynamic discussions.

Current Programs

Why Study Business Strategy at Harvard

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or hone an existing one we have programs that meet your business strategy needs. Our programs cover topics such as strategic planning, strategic decision making, and value creation using machine learning and offer you the opportunity to develop core business competencies.

When you take a professional development course with us, you’ll learn from industry experts alongside peers from around the world who bring a global perspective that can be invaluable in today’s interconnected business landscape. The instruction is dynamic, and interactive ensuring the application of concepts through activities, case studies and role-play. At the end of your program you will return to your office with new business strategies that can help you be more successful in your role and across your organization.

How Classes Work

We offer three different types of formats for programs: on campus, live online, and hybrid.

  1. On-campus programs take place in our dedicated state-of-the-art classroom space on Harvard’s campus at One Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA.
  2. Online programs are held via Zoom where you receive the same content online as on-campus, but from the convenience of your home or office.
  3. Hybrid programs are available both live online and on campus. Online participants are fully integrated into the program with the ability to see, hear, contribute, and network alongside your in-person counterparts.

Who Should Enroll

Each business strategy course is designed to meet the needs of different industry leaders and professionals. Many of them are appropriate for a wide range of individuals, but some are specifically tailored to senior leaders, emerging leaders, or executives. More information about who should enroll in each program can be found on the program page.

What You Earn

After completing a program, you receive a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, further validating your expertise in the field. Taking the step to earn a certificate from a professional development program can signal to your employer that you are open to new experiences and enthusiastic about continuing to learn and grow.

Harvard Division of Continuing Education Professional & Executive Development Certificate of Leadership Excellence.

Some business strategy programs may count toward a Certificate of Leadership Excellence (CLE) in Strategy and Innovation.

When Courses Are Offered

Many of our programs are offered multiple times a year in several formats. Miss the deadline to register? We bring popular programs back year after year — sign up to get notified when new dates are available.


The cost of a professional development program depends on the format you take it in and the length of the course. For more information about pricing, please visit your desired program page.

A 10% discount is available to participants taking more than one program, and discounts are also available for groups of two or more. To take advantage of our discounts, please email for further instructions.

Business Strategy FAQs

What is business strategy?

Business strategy refers to a set of decisions and actions that outline how a company will achieve its long-term goals and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. It involves identifying objectives, assessing resources, and formulating plans to achieve competitive advantage.

What are the benefits of taking a business strategy course at Harvard?

When you participate in a business strategy course at Harvard Professional Development, you are learning from instructors who are leading industry experts. Through a combination of theory, practice, and real-world examples, these courses will have you returning to the office equipped to move your own business strategy forward.