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Senior Business Strategy Professional

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SBSP™ - Elite. Evolved. Exclusive.

Successful professional careers in business, management and industry today increasingly ride on a sharp strategic mindset and a thorough grasp of the intersections of managerial decision-making and functional responsibilities with the landscape and strategies of business. Regarded as the most elite qualification in business strategy in the world today, SBSP™ powers the careers of professionals across functions and industry verticals, raising their influence and proving their readiness for leadership and boardroom roles and positions.

Sharpen Your Sense for Strategy

The SBSP™ experience is designed for shaping up professionals for roles of impact and consequence in leading global organizations, startups and business corporations. The SBSP™ program journey serves to build a robust framework of advanced concepts and models of strategic analysis, helping professionals link their own roles and responsibilities directly with the expectations and needs of internal and external clients, and align their deliverables to the outcomes and goals pursued by their organizations.

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Senior Business Strategy Professional Certification

SBSP™ Certification Package Fee

USD 1750

The fee covers SBSP™ online certification exam, the Business Strategy Handbook; costs of access to additional reading material on candidate dashboard and also digital badge and printed SBSP™ certificates and lapel pins. This fee also includes shipping of all material but does not cover special local taxes, duties, and levies etc., which may be applicable in the receiver’s/ consignee’s/ applicant’s country.

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TSI is a standards and credentialing body and is not responsible for training delivery, and neither controls, nor is concerned with any aspect of training/ education. TSI does not govern, mandate, or control the training/ program fee charged for any TSI certification by any training company or education provider.

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  • Accenture
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  • Standard Chartered
  • Publicis Groupe
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Microsoft
  • DXC Technology
  • DBS Bank
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Allegis Group
  • CBRE
  • Ernst & Young
  • Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Ernst & Young
  • SAP
  • Shutterstockinc.
  • Public Investment Fund,Saudi Arabia
  • DHL
  • Bose Corporation
  • Societe Generale
  • KPMG
  • Wipro Ltd
  • Deloitte
  • Infosys
  • Reliance Industries Ltd

SBSP™ - The Power of Four

The two-stage SBSP™ program journey encourages participants to refine and enrich their strategic thinking capabilities and integrate strategic analysis into their work approach, ethos and habits. The stage one of the SBSP™ journey specifically helps participants develop proficiencies along the four core dimensions of strategy design principles; strategic analysis tools; strategic thinking practices and strategic agility. Participants study through the two TSI Business Strategy Handbooks and other reference resources provided on their myTSI dashboards on strategy tools and strategy experiences to complete their learning. Stage two is the opportunity for participants to apply and test their learning, and then pass the SBSP™ certification exam to prove they are ready for the leap.

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SBSP™ certification program

Refine and enhance your Strategic Thinking Capabilities with SBSP™. 

Across Functions, Roles & Verticals

SBSP™ is the first choice of senior professionals cutting across diverse business and management functions and industry verticals. Designed to accelerate your career in whichever industry you may specialize in, SBSP™ positions you for strategic and leadership roles upping your influencer credentials long the way.

A sizeable number of SBSP™ applicants work in senior managerial or leadership roles as heads of divisions, departments, projects, strategic groups and business units. They boast of rich accomplishments in diverse domains including management consulting, finance, digital business, product management, consumer sales, investment banking, private equity, project management, public services, technology and other related areas.

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SBSP™ - The Program Structure

You can pursue SBSP™ at your own pace along with your professional commitments as TSI gives 365 days (from the day of payment) to all participants for completing their coursework and assessments.

The SBSP™ program has 2 stages to it, The Stage 1 is all learning and self- assessment. Stage 2 is about certification assessment.

Stage 1 – Learning & Self-Assessment

Stage 1 is entirely dedicated to learning and evaluating the progress of learning. It opens immediately after registration, and stays open throughout. It requires participants to complete all FOUR coursework modules and one stage-qualifying quiz.

  • COURSEWORK 1

    Participants are required to read through the flagship text - The Business Strategy Handbook sent in the learning kit. This handbook helps participants learn theoretical frameworks and principles underlying analysis, development and implementation of strategy in business and organizations.

  • COURSEWORK 2

    This is a sharp and short module on tools and techniques used in business strategy thinking, analysis, design and execution. Participants are required to read the e-resource Business Strategy ToolBook in this coursework module. This resource is uploaded on the participant’s dashboard.

  • COURSEWORK 3

    This interesting module is to be completed by reading another e-resource Enterprise Business Strategy Experiences available on the participant’s dashboard. It is a short course, featuring small stories of how real organizations have met challenges using business strategy.

  • COURSEWORK 4

    This module is set on latest technology-driven developments, challenges and disruptions in Business Strategy Management practices across the world. To complete this course, participants must read end-to-end the second book included in their learning kit - The Business Strategy Handbook-2.

Assessment 1 - Quiz (Open all the time)

This is a stage-qualifying MCQ quiz of 40 minutes containing 30 questions, which participants can take anytime on their dashboard. This quiz is based on e-resources Enterprise Business Strategy Experiences and the Business Strategy ToolBook. Though this quiz is not graded for certification, all participants must compulsorily pass it to complete the SBSP™ coursework requirement.


Stage 2: Graded Assessments

The stage opens immediately after registration, and stays open throughout the year. Care has to be taken that both the stages must be completed within 1 year maximum from the date of registration. Stage 2 comprises three assessment components, the 3rd of which is the online SBSP™ certification exam. The first two assessment components are application-based assignments to be completed on the myTSI dashboard.

  • COMPONENTS 1 & 2: ASSIGNMENTS

    This component requires participants to analyze a given business problem or situation and present a solution in the format prescribed on the myTSI dashboard.

  • COMPONENT 3: SBSP™ CERTIFICATION EXAM

    The last component of the SBSP™ program is the final SBSP™ certification exam, which participants take on the ExamStrong™ online-proctored platform.

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The SBSP™ Package

All applicants who complete their SBSP™ program registration formalities get printed copies of the two Business Strategy Handbooks – one dedicated to strategic analysis and business strategy design and execution, and the other focused on managing disruption using strategic thinking. These handbooks aid preparation for SBSP™ certification exam.

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Disclaimer
The Business Strategy Handbooks, kits and certificates etc., shown here in the image are only for illustration, and their designs, colors etc., may change without notice. The certificate and the lapel pin are awarded only after candidates pass the SBSP™ exam and complete the other requirements to qualify for the certification award. The tablet featured in the image is just to illustrate the digital badging included in the package.

SBSP™ certification package

SBSP™ Candidacy Norms

Professionals holding a Bachelor’s degree with a work experience of atleast 10 years and Master’s degree with a work experience of atleast 8 years (preferably in business/ finance/ human resource/ economics/ management or in a closely related discipline) from a nationally or internationally recognized institution, can apply for the SBSP™ certification program. However, alumni of TSI-affiliated institutions/ business schools can apply even with a work history of 5 years.

  • Track 1:

    MBA/ Master’s degree holders with at least 8 years of work history in any management or business function, or industry.

  • Track 2:

    Bachelor’s degree holders with at least 10 years of work history in any management or business function, or industry.

  • *Track 3:

    Alumni of TSI-affiliated business schools and universities with at least 5 years of work history.

*If your business school/ university is not yet affiliated to The Strategy Institute, the institution’s Program Head can apply for TSI Affiliation . Alternatively, they can connect with us at .

If you have a work history of 5 years or less, the ABSP™ certification program may just be a better choice for you at this time.
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Apply Now for SBSP™!

There’s never a better moment to apply and register for SBSP™ than now! Registration is convenient and fast. Just click here to reach the online application form, complete it, pay your fee online, and you’re done! You can use the links below to understand the application process more vividly. You can also Contact Us for more information.

Quickview – SBSP™ Certification Process

Check SBSP™ Candidacy/ Eligibility


Since TSI prescribes varying and unique educational and work experience requirements for its certifications, please check your fit and eligibility for SBSP™ before you apply. .

Apply for SBSP™ Online


Once you have confirmed your fit for SBSP™, you can start the application process by creating your myTSI on the TSI application portal and complete the registration after paying the certification package fee.

Complete SBSP™ Stage 1


SBSP™ Stage 1 involves completing the learning coursework by reading the handbooks and other references resources provided to all candidates after their registration is confirmed. . One set of the TSI Business Strategy Handbooks is shipped to your address registered with TSI, and the full-access to your myTSI dashboard is activated after confirmation of fee payment. Additional reading, reference and preparation resources, practice tests and the SBSP™ study guide are made available on your myTSI account.

The 16-chapters of the first TSI Strategy Handbook comprehensively cover the foundational and technical aspects of all typical contexts in which strategic analysis is done to generate information and insights on environment, competition, organizational challenges, business possibilities and growth options. This handbook helps participants build a practical mental framework of business strategy analysis, design and execution in various environments, business contexts and organizational life-stages. The second TSI handbook covers core principles, considerations, techniques, approaches and processes generally followed by seasoned strategists to counter the threats of disruption to organizational survival and growth.

Not the least, the learning resources on strategy tools and enterprise experiences provided on the myTSI dashboard lucidly explain how strategy is eventually effected in organizations. Stage 1 includes 4 study components and 1 self-assessment.

Move to SBSP™ Stage 2


SBSP™ stage 2 is dedicated to pre-certification graded assessments. . The first two components are assignments to be completed on the myTSI dashboard, and the final one is the SBSP™ certification exam.

Take Your SBSP™ Exam


The Strategy Institute gives to the applicants, a period of 365 days from the date of payment to complete the requirements for earning the SBSP™ certification. Candidates can register for the SBSP™ certification exam and also complete the other assessment requirements from their myTSI dashboards.

Await the Award Decision


If you qualify the SBSP™ assessments and exam and meet other conditions, you are awarded the SBSP™ certification and the SBSP™ Digital Badge is issued to you within 96 hours. You can expect the shipment of the physical credential pack to reach you within three to four weeks from the date of the certification award.

SBSP Certification Exam


Coverage of SBSP Exam

The SBSP™ certification exam is one of the three mandatory assessment components that participants are required to complete and pass to qualify for the award. Please refer to the assessments section below for detailed structure. The SBSP™ certification exam carries 70% weight and seeks to primarily assess how well can participants apply their knowledge of the core principles, theories, frameworks and techniques of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and strategy execution in analyzing decision scenarios, problems and opportunities and evolve solutions at various levels in an organization across different stages in its life cycle.

The SBSP™ exam also seeks to assess generic understanding of the dynamics of models and environments of business and industry. As it is aligned to the TSI body of knowledge, the SBSP™ exam does not dwell much on the foundational science of strategic management per se, and instead focuses on aspects that define the core processes and approaches of identifying and managing problems and opportunities related to the health, survival and growth of businesses of organizations.

Candidates entering the SBSP™ program with deep understanding and exposure of the world of global business; hands-on exposure to managerial decision-making; exposure to business processes and analysis and a foundational understanding of strategic management principles and process, generally experience swifter and deeper learning during their SBSP™ certification journey. Such candidates also find preparing effectively for the SBSP™ exam is much easier and faster.

SBSP™ exam features questions drawn from a wide selection of themes and topics defined in the TSI body of knowledge as essential for individuals intending TSI to validate their fitness for senior and more onerous roles in their respective professions. Though the two Business Strategy Handbooks provided to all SBSP™ candidates are not exactly for training or exam-preparation, they do guide the content of the SBSP™ certification exam. All SBSP™ examinees are strongly advised to refer to other books and reference material for smarter exam preparation.

Knowledge Areas & Topics Percentage Weight
1

Goals, Values, and Performance

5.0%

2

Industry & Competitive Analysis

10.0%

3

Resources, Capabilities, Structure & Management

10.0%

4

Competitive Advantage Management

10.0%

5

Strategic Change Management

5.0%

6

Technology Industries & Innovation

5.0%

7

Vertical Integration & the Scope of the Firm

10.0%

8

Global Business Strategy

10.0%

9

Diversification Strategy

10.0%

10

Managing the Multibusiness Firm

5.0%

11

External Growth Strategies

10.0%

12

Business Strategy for Digital Disruption

10.0%

Total

100%

The SBSP™ Exam Format

A typical SBSP exam generally includes a mix of Type A and Type B questions for a total of 50 questions, though some exams may feature only one type of questions. Also, the number of questions may change without notice.

TYPE A - GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF CONCEPTS
Type A questions directly test the candidates' ability to correctly and precisely recollect concepts, principles, techniques, and generally accepted practices in contemporary Business Strategy. The answers to TYPE A questions will reflect candidates' awareness and comprehension of critical Business Strategy concepts and issues as covered in the TSI Body of Knowledge. TYPE A Questions are facts based with the answer options being clear statements either clearly correct, or incorrect. There is only one CORRECT answer to TYPE A questions, and candidates are scored only if the correct options are selected.

TYPE B - ABILITY TO APPLY UNDERSTANDING & KNOWLEDGE
Type B questions directly test the candidates’ ability to apply and execute their awareness and understanding of the concepts and principles in the practice of Business Strategy. The answers to TYPE B questions will reflect candidates’ capacities for critical analysis and judgement in gauging Business Strategy challenges. Questions will test candidates’ abilities to devise strategic approaches, plans and programs to resolve challenges with accountability and a high degree of effectiveness. TYPE B questions have four answer choices and ONLY one of these four would be incorrect. The rest of the three answers would be correct, but they represent varying levels of suitability for the situation expressed. The best of these three answers carries the maximum 10 marks, and the least suitable the least – 5 marks. The third correct answer with mid-level suitability carries 7.5 marks. Candidates must choose only one of these four answer choices and they are scored 0, 5, 7.5 or 10, depending on their choice of answer–option.

The SBSP™ Exam Design

The SBSP™ exam aims at validating candidates' potential to effectively deploy widely adopted concepts, techniques and process of strategic thinking, strategic analysis, opportunity and problem diagnosis, strategy design and strategy implementation in a typically large organization or a business system.

The SBSP™ exam validates this potential by assessing candidates' conceptual, theoretical and applied knowledge of core and generally followed principles, frameworks, techniques and models of strategic analysis and decision-making in varying business contexts, scenarios and environments that organizations encounter in different stages across their life-cycle.

The SBSP™ exam content is aligned to the TSI body of knowledge, which the first of the two TSI Business Strategy Handbooks covers reasonably well. Indeed, since the business strategy space is extremely dynamic, all SBSP™ candidates are expected to also refer to external journals and books; listen to podcasts of experts and participate in professional development activities and events to enrich their perspective of strategy in business.

Qualifying the SBSP™ Exam

Usually, a cumulative score of 65%-70% on an SBSP™ exam can be deemed worthy of certification. However, an examinee's real, individual scores do not eventually decide the recommendation for a certification award. Instead, a score scaling and rationalization mechanism is used to make certification decisions to nullify geographic and environmental factors with potential to skew performance. As such, the certifying benchmark should not be used as a specific number to determine passing or failing performance on the exam.

Assessment

Weight

Related Module & Coverage

Reading Resource

Assessment Mode

A1

0

Business Strategy Tools

Business Strategy ToolBook and Enterprise Business Strategy Experiences

Online Quiz that can be taken anytime on the participant’s dashboard

A2

30%

Submission of a Professional Development Report in a prescribed format. Participants mention the various activities and formal or informal learning they may have done in areas related to business strategy. It may include seminars/ webinars/ podcasts/ conferences/ conclaves/ projects at workplace/ online courses attended etc

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Submission in a prescribed format

A3

70%

The science of developing and executing Business Strategy; covers principles, concepts, frameworks, processes and tools of analysis and development

Printed Resources

The Business Strategy Handbook, and The Business Strategy Handbook-2

Online exam conducted on the ExamStrong portal; single sitting

Preparing for the SBSP™ Exam

SBSP™ exam aligns to the TSI body of knowledge, which covers essential topics in which knowledge is necessary for SBSP™ candidates to prove their fitness for complex roles in senior positions. It is critical that all SBSP™ candidates continue to keep the strategy of their organizations directly linked to the deliverables of their own roles, and KRAs.

While the two TSI Business Strategy Handbooks build a very good mental framework of core concepts, tools and techniques in business strategy to aid in preparing for the SBSP™ exam, additional external reading is also essential to improve awareness of current strategic thinking and strategic analysis trends. Business Strategy is an evolving discipline and will perhaps never become an exact science, which makes containing the entire practice into a single textbook impossible.

While SBSP™ candidates are advised to use the two TSI Handbooks on Business Strategy as their main reference for preparing for their SBSP™ exam, it is just one piece in preparation for the SBSP™ examination. Although a sizable number of questions in a typical SBSP™ exam are drawn from content which is available in the handbooks, some of the questions may be drawn from content from other sources. TSI therefore strongly advises all examinees to research other online and offline resources to increase their knowledge of concepts and awareness about how business strategy impacts various functions and decision-making in an organization.

The SBSP™ Digital Badge

All candidates who pass their SBSP™ exam and complete other prescribed requirements, get a digital version of the SBSP™ certification (SBSP™ digital badge). It is uploaded on the CredBadge™ portal and is verifiable online by anybody having a link.

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SBSP™ Certification Continuation Policy - 2022

Business, environment and technology change faster today. Hence, your SBSP™ certification requires refreshing every five years to stay in sync with the latest professional knowledge and practices in the Business Strategy discipline. Your SBSP™ dashboard will have all information on what to read and the other steps you have to take to keep your knowledge and skills current and continue your certification.

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SBSP™ Certification Continuation Policy

SBSP™ Renewal

The SBSP™ certification requires to be renewed every 5 years keep it fresh, current and in good standing. SBSP™ certificants receive renewal reminder emails periodically to ensure timely action. They can log into their myTSI dashboard to register for renewal. Though renewal is possible up to six months after the scheduled expiry of SBSP™ validity, most SBSP™ certificants prefer to renew their credential at least a month before the expiry date to avoid paying extra fee.

Please note that renewing SBSP™ requires no additional assessment or exam. Instead, SBSP™ certification holders require to make a formal and detailed disclosure and declaration on the efforts they have made to continue their professional development and learning unabated. In certain cases, some SBSP™ certificants may also be asked to submit documentary proofs to support the declaration they make at the time of renewal.

Renewal Code Renewal Categories Renewal Timelines Renewal Fee
CASI-1 Regulation Renewal Latest within 5 years after the first award or the last renewal of the SBSP™ credential REGULATION RENEWAL Fee applicable before the expiry of the credential validity of 5 years is USD 1200
CASI-2 Renewal during the Extension Period Extension period extends to a maximum of 30 days from the due renewal date. Missing Renewal within the Extension period leads to deactivation of the SBSP™ credential EXTENSION PERIOD RENEWAL fee to be paid for Renewal of SBSP™ credential within the Extension period is USD 1250
CASI-3 Renewal/ Reactivation After Deactivation Within maximum 3 months from the date of deactivation of the SBSP™ credential. Missing Renewal within the Reactivation window leads to suspension of the SBSP™ credential CREDENTIAL REACTIVATION fee to be paid for Reactivation of a deactivated SBSP™ credential is USD 1350
CASI-4 Renewal/ Revival After Suspension Within maximum 2 months from the date of suspension of the SBSP™ credential. Missing Renewal within the Revival window leads to a summary cancellation and permanent expiry of the SBSP™ credential CREDENTIAL REVIVAL fee to be paid for Revival/ Renewal of a suspended SBSP™ credential is USD 1450

Note: The renewed credential validity is five years from the date of renewal.

Renewal decisions are usually communicated within 48 hours of applicants completing their renewal formalities and documentation. The fresh SBSP™ digital badge is issued within 24 hours of approval of renewal and the SBSP™ credential certificate is shipped within 2 to 3 weeks.

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