Business Strategy

Est. Study Time: 14 hours
27.5 PDCs
26 CEUs


Travel through time with Rachel and Sophie to analyze how past and present strategic decisions can affect the future state of a business organization. You will be whisked into the future to observe the next generation of Central Products, while your partner is simultaneously thrown into the past to uncover the strategies behind the recent demise of Lion Industries. These virtual case studies bring to life the importance of strategic planning and execution, including forecasting, managing disruption, external and internal analysis, positioning and branding. Worth 27.5 PDCs (SHRM) and 26 CEUs (HRCI Business Credits).
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Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to conduct an external analysis of business strategy and how to identify problematic issues
  • Become familiar with the strategy pyramid, as it relates to external analysis
  • Learn to recognize problematic issues from internal analysis of business strategy
  • Understand how to assess strategic risk and choose the right strategies to minimize that risk
  • Gain insight into positioning and branding, as well as how to avoid pitfalls and manage change in the organization
  • Learn why proper execution is paramount to business strategy, and how to carry out long-term business plans

How do I earn credits with VTR Learning?

Earning credits with VTR Learning is easy. Simply purchase one of our self-paced courses and complete it within a year. Afterward, you will be given a certificate of completion, which contains a code to submit to your certifying organization.

Can I earn free credits?

Yes, you can! For each organization we serve, we offer at least one free course, which can be found at the top of the Shop page. Once you have completed a course, whether free or paid, your certificate of completion will be available under “My Courses”.

How quickly do I receive my credits after completing a course?

Immediately! Once you have completed a course, you will have access to your certificate of completion/activity ID to submit to your organization to redeem your credits.

How long do I have to complete my course?

You have one year after beginning your course to complete it. After that year, your course will close automatically and no progress will be permitted.

What happens if I fail my course?

Your course will reset and you will be allowed to retake the course until you have met the passing requirements.

Do I earn a certificate of completion?

If you are looking to recertify with HRCI, SHRM, APA, and NASBA/AICPA, we offer a certificate of completion that can be used to redeem continuing education credit with these organizations. However, our courses are not accredited stand-alone and are not a certification in any way.

SHRM: VTR is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 27.5 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

HRCI: VTR is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® preapproved this program for 26 credits toward aPHR™, PHR™, PHRca™, SPHR™, GPHR™, PHRi™, and SPHRi™ recertification.