Strategy Safari

Series
Financial Times
Author
Henry Mintzberg / Bruce Ahlstrand / Joseph B. Lampel  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
464
Pub.-date
November 2008
ISBN13
9780273719588
ISBN
0273719580
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Strategy Safari – gives you the ‘big ten’ in the strategy jungle

In this revised edition of the original, ground-breaking Strategy Safari, Henry Mintzberg, described by Tom Peters as ‘perhaps the world’s premier management thinker’ and his equally maverick co-authors continue to blaze a trail through the jungle of strategy. This provocative, jargon-free and readable guide clearly sets out and critiques each of the ten major schools of strategic management to help you grasp what you really need to know. Whether you are an ambitious manager or a bewildered student, Strategy Safari is your indispensable guide to strategy.

Take the strategy safari – your business will thank you for it

Table of Contents

Contents

 

Acknowledgements / ix          

Embarkation / xi                                                                    

 

1          ‘And over here, ladies and gentlemen: the strategic management beast

Why ten?

A field review

Five Ps for strategy

Strategies for better and for worse

Strategic management as an academic discipline

 

2          The design school: strategy formation as a process of conception

            Origins of the design school

            The basic design school model

            Premises of the design school

            Critique of the design school

            The design school: contexts and contributions

 

3          The planning school: strategy formation as a formal process

            The basic strategic planning model

            Sorting out the hierarchies

            Premises of the planning school

            Some more recent developments

            Planning’s unplanned troubles

            The fallacies of strategic planning

            The context and contribution of the planning school

 

4          The positioning school: strategy formation as an analytical process

            Enter Porter

            Premises of the positioning school

            The first wave: origins in the military maxims

            The second wave: the search for consulting imperatives

            The third wave: the development of empirical propositions

            Critique of the positioning school

            Contribution and context of the positioning school

 

5          The entrepreneurial school: strategy formation as a visionary process

            Origins in economics

            The literature of the entrepreneurial school

             Visionary leadership

            Premises of the entrepreneurial school

            Contribution, critique, and context of the entrepreneurial school

 

6          The cognitive school: strategy formation as a mental process

            Cognition as confusion

            Cognition as information processing

            Cognition as mapping

            Cognition as concept attainment

            Cognition as construction

            Premises of the cognitive school

            Critique, contribution, and the context of the cognitive school

 

7          The learning school: strategy formation as an emergent process

            Formation vs formulation

            Emergence of a learning model

            New directions for the learning school

            From organizational learning to the learning organization

            Critique of the learning school

            Contribution and context of the learning school

 

8          The power school: strategy formation as a process of negotiation

            Micro power

            Upper echelons theory: strategic management at the top

            Macro power

            Conclusion

 

9          The cultural school: strategy formation as a collective process

            The nature of culture

            Premises of the cultural school

            Culture and strategy

            The Swedish wing of the cultural school

            Resources as the basis of competitive advantage

            Critique, contribution and context of the cultural school

 

10        The environmental school: strategy formation as a reactive process

            Premises of the environmental school

            The contingency view

            The population ecology view

            Institutional pressures to conform

            Critique, contribution, and context of the environmental school

 

11        The configuration school: strategy formation as a process of transformation

         &nbsonfiguration and transformation

            Splitters and lumpers

            Premises of the configuration school

            Researching configuration

            Transforming organizations

            Critique, context, and contribution of the configuration school

 

12        ‘Hang on, ladies and gentlemen, you have yet to meet the whole beast

            Of tails and tusks, plans and patterns

            Taming the wilds of strategic management

            Toward seeing the whole beast

            The hunt for strategic management

 

References

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Back Cover

"Henry Mintzberg's views are a breath of fresh air which can only encourage the good guys." The Observer

 

Strategy Safari – gives you the ‘big ten’ in the strategy jungle

In this revised edition of the original, ground-breaking Strategy Safari, Henry Mintzberg, described by Tom Peters as ‘perhaps the world’s premier management thinker’ and his equally maverick co-authors continue to blaze a trail through the jungle of strategy. This provocative, jargon-free and readable guide clearly sets out and critiques each of the ten major schools of strategic management to help you grasp what you really need to know. Whether you are an ambitious manager or a bewildered student, Strategy Safari is your indispensable guide to strategy.

Take the strategy safari – your business will thank you for it

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Author

"Henry Mintzberg is perhaps the world's premier management thinker" a Carlsberg-style endorsement of the author from Tom Peters, management guru

Henry Mintzberg is one of today’s best-known and most controversial management thinkers. Currently Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, he is always interesting and usually controversial and holds the management and strategy communities in thrall. He claims to spend his public life dealing with organizations, and his private life escaping from them.

Bruce Ahlstrand likes to prospect for strategy gems in unlikely places - from the game of Texas Hold’em to the Greek tragedies. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. Bruce is the author is currently a professor of management at Trent University in Ontario, Canada.

Joe Lampel began his career believing that strategy is the answer, but has recently concluded that it may be the answer to the wrong question. He first began to suspect this terrible truth during the long journey that produced the first edition of Strategy Safari. Further research, and numerous publications in journals that are well received in polite academic society, only served to confirm this belief. Joe was awarded a PhD in management by McGill University for good

 

Reader Review(s)

"Mintzberg is one of the best guides for an analysis of strategy and this book is the perfect starting point for someone interested in understanding more about it." - Director Magazine, January 2009 (readership 173,000)