STRATEGOS

STRATEGOS Mission

STRATEGOS is a new initiative devoted to promote quantitative modeling to support decisions by developing a new generation of Engineers able to deal with Strategic Thinking and to support Decision Makers by mastering advance modeling, simulation as well as other enabling technological and scientific areas. Strategic Thinking and Strategy Development have been always key Competitive Factors, given the Complexity of the Reality and of Human Goals. Strategy means ability to deal with a variety of variables, taking into account uncertainty, scalability, extensibility, dependability, multiplayer. Indeed the term Strategy comes from greek combining stratos (army) and agein (leading), so it is pretty clear that it deals with leading resources. In facts, it has been said that "Strategy is the art of good direction" ("La Stratégie est l'art de bien diriger", Jomini, Prècis de l'Art de la Guerre, 1838) and this good direction should rely today, in order to be keep competitive, on new supports and models that require a new kind of Engineers able to develop, tune and use them. "We need a philosophy of strategy that contains the seeds of its constant rejuvenation, a way to chart strategy in an unstable environment" is a sentence by Von Clausewitz, published by his wife while almost 200 years ago (Vom Kriege, 1832); this unstable environment as well as the necessity to guarantee constant evolution of strategies is very actual today. Indeed classic definitions say that Strategy relies on effective plans able to achieving success in challenging situations such as business, industry, politics, war, etc. Therefore we should remind the definition of Von Moltke "Strategy is a system of expedients; it is more than a mere scholarly discipline" as well as "no plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force" (Militarische Werke, 1871). These considerations are still valid today , however the Preußischer Generalfeldmarschall does not will to state useless of Strategy, but exactly the opposite: the necessity to adopt a Dynamic and Fluid Strategic Approach that is exactly what we have to face nowadays. Twnety five centuries ago Sun Tzu stated that "Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat" (Art of War, Laying Plan, 500 BC) and ancient "calculations" corresponds to modern "modeling and simulation". This considerations make it clear the aim of STRATEGOS Master in Engineering, to prepare people to develop these models and solutions and to win competition in a wide spectrum of applications. We can just one statement among millions that confirms the importance of Strategic Engineering: "If you want to grow, find a good opportunity. Today, if you want to be a great company, think about what Social Problem you could solve." (Ma Yun, alias Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, in 2018: Personal Net Worth 42.2 GUSD; Alibaba 462th World Raking, 23.8GUSD Revenues, 6.2GUSD Profits, 56% Growth in Net Revenues, Stocks +15% within a single month). Strategy is nowadays strongly related to Complex Systems involving Quantitative Data and Digital Information. However, to the best of our knowledge, there are few Master Programs, worldwide, specifically dedicated to Strategy Development with solid Modeling and Simulation (M&S), Engineering Foundations and strong Integration with Innovative Enabling Technologies and Architecture related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Indeed, Engineering is not just about designing new Technological Systems and Products, but even to support Identification and Definition of New Strategies devoted to direct Future Developments. These aspects deal with developing New Processes, Solutions and Organizations devoted to achieve the Success respect Strategic Goals. In facts the Operational Lifecycle of Innovative Systems are usually quite long, rich of Uncertainties and strongly affected by many Variables as well as by different potential Scenarios; so a proper approach in Modeling and Analyzing Quantitatively these Elements is fundamental for the Final Success. Understanding these issues is really fundamental and it is necessary to prepare Engineers and Scientists able to create models for supporting decision makers. Despite this importance, up to now, these Strategic Aspects are frequently roughly addressed by traditional approaches and educational practices: often just qualitative approaches or simplified static analysis methodologies are proposed as investigation aid, while, vice versa, today modern M&S, Machine Learning, Big Data, Innovative ICT solutions are potentially more effective in dynamically addressing these Issues. The main goal of this initiative is to set up a new Engineering Master Program which relies on M&S and ICT education and it is able to address Strategic Modeling and Decision Support, providing the Deep Scientific Knowledge as well as the Technical Engineering Skills needed for developing, tailoring and using methodologies for Strategy Definition, Innovative Solution Development and Capability Assessment. Obviously this Engineering Master Program will address Strategy in broad sense with special attention to Applicative Sectors related to Industry, Business and Defense, considering Products, Processes, Events and Scenarios . The Professional Figure that will result as outcome of this Master Program will be able to operate in a variety of application domains (ranging from Manufacturing to Engineering, from Military Sector to Business, from Politics to Personal and Societal Development), being able not only to apply Strategies using the most appropriate Models, but also to gain Requirements for new Methods and to design new Methodologies, Techniques and Instruments for Strategic Planning and Management.
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