December 4, 2014


Course runs from 8:00am–12:00pm.

Registration fee includes course materials, campus parking, catered breakfast and lunch.


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About the Program

The course will give managers, directors, and VPs the practical tools and working knowledge to develop strategic thinking and strategic behavior in their organizations, with the focus on translating core strategy concepts and models into immediate and practical applications for a wide range of industries and forms.


  • External Industry Analysis
  • Competitive Market Analysis
  • Sources of Change and Innovation
  • Internal Audit of Functional Capabilities
  • Operations Management vs. Strategy
  • Assessing Capability Gaps
  • Strategic Matrix – Time and Resources
  • Strategic Planning vs. Long-Range Planning
  • Strategic Thinking vs. Strategic Management
  • Process Innovation and Strategic Behavior
  • Strategy Formation and ImplementationStrategy Monitoring: Metrics for Performance Review and Assessment


The course first covers the primary analysis of the organization’s external environment, and the assessment of industry and market turbulence as it relates to change, innovation, and strategic opportunities. It then covers the methods and tools for auditing the organization’s entire range of internal functional capabilities, determining the strategic posture, and then developing a formal strategy to address gaps that exist in its positioning relative to its specific external environment – with an emphasis on actual case examples drawn from the instructors actual clients files over the last 30 years of consulting.


This course has been designed for mid-level to senior managers and individual contributors eager to expand their leadership capabilities and increase their influence and impact at work.


Dr. David Newton is a full-time new venture consultant, and has been teaching in the Rady Center for Executive Development for 2 years. His consulting focuses on innovative online education and high-tech product strategies. Previously, he taught 23 years at Westmont (founded the entrepreneurship program 1990), 5 years in the Pepperdine MBA program, and 1 year at UMass-Amherst. The Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge named him its 2008 National Leavey Award Winner for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, and he has been a national Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship at the Experiential Classroom symposium (2004-2014). Newton has served: one year as Chief Economist at Hispanic Business magazine; 3 years on the Editorial Review Board - Journal of Small Business Strategy; 2 years Contributing Editor on Growth Capital at Industry Week Growing Companies magazine; 2 years Moderator for small-cap stocks at; and was Contributing Editor on Small Firm Finance at Entrepreneur magazine for 5 years. Dr. Newton has authored/co-authored 9 books including the ground-breaking Entrepreneurial Ethics (Kendall-Hunt, 1997) and How To Be A Small-Cap Investor (McGraw-Hill, 1999) – selected the November ‘99 book-of-the-month by Money magazine, and awarded a 1999 Top-10 Books in Investments and Finance by Forbes magazine. He continues to speak extensively at venture forums and economic conferences throughout California and the U.S. as well as in Europe.