Synopses & Reviews
Strategy making is considered the high point of managerial activity. But bombarded by fads and fixes, most managers have been groping blindly to get their arms around the proverbial elephant. Now Henry Mintzberg, author of the award-winning "The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning," has teamed up with Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel to create a powerful antidote: a comprehensive and illuminating-- as well as colorful-- tour through the fields of strategic management. Mintzberg, Ahlstrand, and Lampel have shaped each of ten different approaches into a coherent school of strategy formation. In the process, the authors clarify the enormous amount of confusion that exists.
The result is a tour de force: a brilliant, penetrating primer on business strategy that is, at the same time, immensely readable and fun. The authors provide a thorough critique of the contributions and limitations of each school-- from the design, planning, positioning, entrepreneurial, and cognitive schools to the learning, power, cultural, environmental, and configurational schools-- culminating in how they might combine to reveal that elephant.
The eagerly awaited successor to the award-winning "Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning", this comprehensive book offers a critical, penetrating look at the contributions and limitations of ten dominant schools of strategic thought. 77 illustrations.
About the Author
Henry Mintzberg, author of several seminal books, including Mintzberg on Management
and The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning,
is the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University and professor of organization at INSEAD, in France.
Table of Contents
1 "And Over Here, Ladies and Gentlemen:
The Strategic Management Beast"
2 The Design School
Strategy Formation as a Process of Conception
3 The Planning School
Strategy Formation as a Formal Process
4 The Positioning School Strategy Formation as an Analytical Process
5 The Entrepreneurial School
Strategy Formation as a Visionary Process
6 The Cognitive School
Strategy Formation as a Mental Process
7 The Learning School
Strategy Formation as an Emergent Process
8 The Power School
Strategy Formation as a Process of Negotiation
9 The Cultural School
Strategy Formation as a Collective Process
10 The Environmental School
Strategy Formation as a Reactive Process
11 The Configuration School
Strategy Formation as a Process of Transformation
12 "Hang On, Ladies and Gentlemen,
You Have Yet to Meet the Whole Beast"