The Strategy-Train Learning Paths

The Strategy-Train course will be composed of three different paths, which will be integrated in a holistic training concept. The three paths include an indivual, a group and an mentor path, which are illustrated in following diagram:

Figure 1: Strategy Train Learning Paths (own illustration)

Each path is described as follows:

The Individual Path
This path concentrates on individual learning using the platform and corresponding support material. It includes the 5 Strategy-Train modules and the diagnostic tool. The individual path is where most of the information and theoretic background and learning material can be found. The content of these modules will be provided on an e-platform to allow for self paced training, which can be done by the owner / managers whenever they have time. The material is presented in a very concise way, focusing on explaining the more central concepts of strategic training preparing the participants for the Group- and Mentor paths and providing the necessary basic knowledge. The individual path can also be used as self-learning material which will be available on the Strategy-Train website. In itself it can be seen as an introduction course for strategic management. Each module provided will tackle one specific area of strategic management.

The Group Path
This path includes peer group activities. The formation of these groups is a very central element in Strategy-Train. Peer groups should be quite small to allow for intensive mentor support and for in-depth knowledge exchange. The path includes three (to four) face-to-face seminar units, where the participants can work on their knowledge but also (perhaps even more importantly) on their strategy plans. The group will also exchange contacts and can support and call upon each other. The peer group support will also be facilitated through the exchange of ideas and corresponding feedback. In this way the managers/owners can learn from each other and synergies in the strategy development process can be optimally used.

The Mentor Path
This path includes activities which are based on direct mentoring and consulting. These activities include only the mentor and one manager / owner in private, on site meetings, at the company´s location. The focus of these activities is direct consulting work, tailored exactly for the respective SME. Additionally IN ORDER to provide support and feedback on a one-to-one basis throughout Strategy-Train, the mentor will agree a learning contract with the owner/manager(based on the diagnostic tool below) and provide assistance to the SME during the formulation of their specific strategy. These three paths together form the complete curriculum of Strategy-Train. The modules of the individual path presented here can also be used as teaching material for a course on strategic management or as self-study material.