Four-month, part-time program that includes an on-site seminar, a distance-learning course and a practical project paper.


Part-time certificate program for executives and specialists who

  • Seek comprehensive basics and continuing education in strategic management,
  • Hold responsibility for strategic management and want to complement their practical experience with thorough theoretical understanding and research,
  • Develop strategy,
  • Will soon be taking over strategic responsibilities.

The four-month Business Strategy Certificate Program starts with an onsite seminar that gives participants the insights they need for the distance-learning module and prepares them for their project paper.


The certificate program has three units:

  • Onsite "Strategic Management" seminar
  • Four-week distance-learning module
  • Independent literature study and project paper


1. Seminar

The on-site seminar "Strategic Management" covers:

  • Strategic management
  • Business segments (for example, planning units)
  • The strategic call for action
  • Promising strategic options
  • Strategy formulation
  • Changing structures
  • Successfully implementing strategies

2. Distance Learning

The distance-learning unit, set in an international context, broadens and deepens participants’ knowledge. In addition to their literature assignments, participants take a four-week distance learning course (one evening per week) designed and taught by leading US professors.


This module explores the differences among the strategies and systems that managers use to increase productivity. A key topic is how organizations can achieve the scale, scope and efficiency that come from being large and the flexibility, speed and responsiveness of being small. The course covers Harvard University Professor Michael Porter's Industry and Competitive Analysis Framework, the importance of core competencies and analysis of the value chain for finding business opportunities.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Walter Rodriguez

3. Project Paper (Practical Part)

The practical part of this program ensures that participants’ studies relate to their current jobs. Participants select a subject or a project and write a 30- to 50-page project paper. The paper should build participants’ knowledge and skill in their specific business areas.

4. Certificate

After successfully completing this program, participants are awarded the “Business Strategy Certificate” from SGMI Management Institute St. Gallen.

Consultation and Information

+41 71 223 50 30


  • Duration: 4 to 6 months
  • Program Fees: CHF 8900 (plus 8.1% VAT) 
    Invoicing in EUR possible (depending on current currency rate)

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No. ED-70224 Starting at 09.09.24

Module Date Place
Seminar 09.09.2024 - 12.09.2024 Davos, CH
Distance Learning October 2024
Project Paper Winter 2024/2025


No. ED-70125 Starting at 18.03.25

Module Date Place
Seminar 18.03.2025 - 21.03.2025 Zürich, CH
Distance Learning May 2025
Project Paper Summer 2025


No. ED-70225 Starting at 08.09.25

Module Date Place
Seminar 08.09.2025 - 11.09.2025 Davos, CH
Distance Learning October 2025
Project Paper Winter 2025/2026


Brochure for this program

You can find all the information about this program in our annual program

Order our annual program brochure now for free (postal dispatch)

How to contact us

+41 71 223 50 30

SGMI Management Institut St. Gallen
Bogenstrasse 7
CH-9000 St. Gallen

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