Strategy is the foundation of business

Our two strategy courses address the art and tools of strategy. We learn how to assess the performance of a business, what determines performance, how to conduct a strategic audit and how to develop a specific course of action to deal with strategic issues. The opportunity to enhance value by aligning strategy and organizational structure is analyzed. The course provides conceptual frameworks and analytical tools for understanding the dynamics of industry structure and the formulation of competitive strategies. Differing perspectives are utilized and alternatives to the rational determinism of strategic planning are discussed. The ability to implement change to enhance competitiveness is examined. Participants develop their abilities by integrating prior knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses and work experiences and ’pulling it all together’ in the process of strategy formulation and strategic choice. The consequences of these decisions are actively developed and debated through individualized interaction with experienced faculty.


Strategy persons

Ciara Sutton Research Fellow, Area Principal Strategy

Ciara Sutton
Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Marketing and Strategy, Stockholm School of Economics


Ciara Sutton is a Research Fellow and lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics. In addition she holds the position of Area Principal in Strategy and International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics in Russia.

Ciara teaches at Masters and Executive level in Strategy and International Business, with a particular interest in cross-cultural management. She is currently the process leader for the Master in General Management program at SSE and is a coach and program leader in change management, innovation, and business planning projects in various educational and corporate programs, primarily in Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Ciara’s research interests have centred on strategic issues in international venture capital and private equity, as well as the concept of global leadership and the role and competencies of global leaders in multinational organisations. She has co-authored the successful European version of the book ‘Crafting and Executing Strategy: The Quest for Competitive Advantage’ (2013) McGraw-Hill, adopted widely in both undergraduate and postgraduate Stategy courses.

She is Australian, with a Bsc (Com.) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and later earned her Msc and Ph.D from the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden

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Alexey Popov Program Director, Teacher

Alexey Popov
Program Director of in-company programs at SSE Russia


Alexey Popov, Program Director of in-company programs at SSE Russia. He is responsible for program management with some key corporate clients. Alexey is an experienced teacher in business strategy and strategic marketing. He runs practical workshops and business simulations at corporate and open programs at SSE Russia. Key words: business strategy, strategic marketing, MARKSTRAT business simulation Alexey is EMBA graduate of 2003 from Stockholm School of Economics in Russia. He also studied marketing courses at the Chartered College of Marketing in Maidenhead, UK. He has diploma in electronics engineering from Moscow Aviation Technical University. Alexey has an extensive practical experience in various business fields. Prior to joining SSE Russia he worked at top‐management positions in telecommunications (Baltic Communications Ltd, Lucent Technologies Russia – Country Marketing Director), aircraft services (East Line Airlines – Director at North‐West Russia), publishing (Top‐Manager Business Journal – Deputy General Director). Also he has an experience in management consulting (he worked with PORT Consulting and SSE Ring on a number of research and consulting projects). This diversified experience helps Alexey better understand the educational needs of business executives and maximize the effectiveness of their learning at SSE Russia. Alexey is also an experienced teacher in business strategy and he carried out strategy sessions for Sberbank, Mosenergo, Rosgosstrakh, Sibur, Philip Morris and other companies. Alexey is a certified instructor for MARKSTRAT, Blue Ocean Strategy, InterPlay and MiniMax business simulations. Since 2006 he successfully managed simulation sessions at open and in-company trainings for multi-national corporations and local companies in Russia and internationally.