Corporate Strategy and M&A

Key information

Teaching department:  UCL School of Management
Credit value: 
Restrictions:  This module is only available to UCL MBA students. You must have first completed the Business Strategy module.


Most large companies – and many quite small ones – are not single businesses but groups, comprising a portfolio of separate business units and one or more levels of corporate management. Suppose you are the CEO of a multi-business company, an advisor to the CEO, a business unit manager who wants to collaborate with another business unit, or leading a start-up and interested in expanding into a new business. Which corporate strategies can you use to compete as a collection of multiple businesses? This module focuses on the strategic questions relevant to corporate portfolios.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • understand the difference between business and corporate strategy
  • select among alternative diversification moves
  • advise on the appropriateness of an M&A
  • select among alternative divestiture moves
  • recommend an appropriate role for corporate headquarters
  • discuss and debate module topics with leaders from other cultures and industries.

Module deliveries for 2022/23 academic year

Teaching and assessment

Methods of assessment:

  • Class Interaction: 20%
  • Individual Case Reports: 50%
  • Group Report: 30%
Mark scheme:  Letter grades

Other information

Module leader:  Enrico Forti

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