To succeed in the future, entrepreneurs and managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets—traditional and emerging. The way in which organizations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy.
The module has been designed to allow students to gain the knowledge and expertise necessary to perform a entrepreneur and manager role as a strategist by encouraging and enabling students to develop the intellectual and professional acumen needed for the conception and analysis of responsible business strategies; to make appropriate choices between strategic options; and then to follow a strategic trajectory that will deliver results that are robust, ethically sound and socially responsible. Accordingly, the module adopts a contingency approach that is grounded in the understanding of the non-existence of a best way in strategy.
Dr. Andrea Caputo is Associate Professor in the field of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at the University of Trento (Italy) and at the University of Lincoln (UK), where he co-founded the UNESCO Chair in Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development. He received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ (Italy). He has also held visiting positions at several universities, such as the University of Queensland, George Washington University, University of Malta, University of Alicante and University of Naples Parthenope.
His main expertise is related to strategic management, negotiation, entrepreneurship and decision-making. He has authored more than 50 international scientific publications, several books and his work is regularly presented at leading international conferences. He is the editor of the book series “Entrepreneurial Behaviour” published by Emerald, associate editor of the Journal of Management & Organization, and the author of the book “Strategic Corporate Negotiations”, published by Palgrave.