**This course was formerly known as OPNS-955-A/OPNS-955-B**
The Goal of this Course is to make strategic decisions that are grounded in operational reality. We study how to build and evaluate the "operating system" of the firm to maximize value. This involves tailoring the firm's operational competencies, assets, and processes to a specific business strategy. The focus of the course is on product companies that need to scale their operations.
Each topic will be discussed using a combination of models, case-discussions and readings. The anticipated mix for the course is 50-50 qualitative-quantitative. In a typical week we will cover one major case in-depth, supplemented by mini-lectures, presentations and qualitative discussions of other examples. Many of these cases can be approached from the position of the general manager and therefore all the functional issues should be addressed. In addition, we will use a data-driven approach where tools and analysis will start with realistic data. This will allow you to implementing the course content directly in practice.