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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (8 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132619571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132619578
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,846,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you’re a manager or business owner, you need tools to make better decisions--about business strategy, marketing, competition, positioning, product development, and much more. In Analysis Without Paralysis, two renowned experts on business analysis and strategy bring you those tools, in plain English!

 

Babette Bensoussan and Craig Fleisher teach you exactly what you need to know, without dragging you through unnecessarily complex concepts or advanced mathematics. They start with a practical, realistic introduction to the analysis process; then they walk you through ten core sets of analysis techniques that every manager can use effectively.

 

You’ll master classic techniques like SWOT analysis and Porter’s Five Forces, in addition to the latest approaches to competitor, financial, issue, and value chain analysis. Next, Bensoussan and Fleisher guide you through analyzing the global social, political, and macroenvironmental challenges that will increasingly shape the future of your business.

 

For each tool, the authors present clear descriptions, context, rationales, strengths, weaknesses, step-by-step instructions, and case study examples. The result: a book you can rely on to address your strategic and business challenges--whatever your role, experience, industry, or environment. 

  • Don’t just collect data--use it for competitive advantage
    Uncover correlations, assess trends, identify performance gaps, and identify your best opportunities
  • Get truly actionable outputs from your analysis
    Perform future-oriented analysis that leads to better competitive strategies and tactics
  • Use analysis to anticipate and adapt to rapid change
    Get early warnings of emerging threats--and respond more quickly

 

The Practical, Plain-English Guide to Business Analysis for Every Manager and Business Owner!

 

 

You can use business analysis to address your most crucial strategic and tactical challenges--without burying yourself in advanced math or arcane theory! This friendly guide walks you through the entire business analysis process and then explains each of today’s most valuable analysis tools--in plain English. You’ll be able to make better decisions and get better results--even if you’ve never been responsible for analysis before.

 

Babette Bensoussan and Craig Fleisher illuminate BCG matrix; Porter’s “Five Forces”; SWOT analysis; modern competitor, financial, issue, and value chain analysis; long-term scenario planning; emerging macroenvironmental (STEEP/PEST) techniques; and much more. You’ll find realistic case studies, in addition to practical guidance for choosing the right tools for each challenge. Even if you’ve never performed business analysis before, Analysis Without Paralysis can help you gain the insights and build the strategies for a winning future.

About the Author

Babette E. Bensoussan is Managing Director of The MindShifts Group, a consultancy with more than 16 years experience attending to Australian, Asian, and global Fortune 500 companies, as well as SMEs, in strategic business and marketing planning, competitive intelligence, and strategic analysis.

 

Craig S. Fleisher is the Windsor Research Leadership Chair and Professor of Strategy, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor. He was 2006 President of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, inaugural chair of the Competitive Intelligence Foundation, and founding editor of the Journal of Competitive Intelligence and Management.

Bensoussan and Fleisher are coauthors of Strategic and Competitive Analysis as well as Business and Competitive Analysis.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
Developing a good corporate strategy requires rigorous analysis. You don't need to become a quant or a statistics expert, but you should understand how worthwhile analytics abet planning. Strategic analysis expert Babette E. Bensoussan and management professor Craig S. Fleisher explain, in simple terms, 10 classic, tried-and-true diagnostic techniques in this introduction to strategic development. This isn't a book for nerds, but for business executives and managers who need to know the basics of analysis so they can develop better corporate strategies. This guide is easy to use, with concise but thorough introductions to major analytical tools, their pros and cons, and step-by-step instructions for how to implement each one. getAbstract recommends this useful primer on corporate analytics to any managers who need grounding in this important discipline.
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It's a cannibalised version of the authors' earlier works, with only 10 selected tools & strategies, out of about 50... 11 Nov 2008
By Lee Say Keng - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'Analysis without Paralysis: 10 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions', by Babette Bensoussan & Craig Fleisher;

I reckon, to complete the strategy repertoire of a 21st century manager in today's competitive marketspace, & to serve as quick handy references to a broad spectrum of tools, strategies & tips, there are only two books that really stand out in the field of business (BI)/competitive (CI)/strategic intelligence (SI).

They are actually compendiums, as follows:

1) 'Strategic and Competitive Analysis: Methods & Techniques for Analyzing Business Competition' (published in 2002), by Craig Fleisher & Babette Bensoussan;

I recap its content tapestry as follows:

PART 1. ANALYSIS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE AND STRATEGY:

1. The Strategy & CI Process.
2. Analysis & Its Pitfalls.
3. The FAROUT System.

PART 2. THE TECHNIQUES OF STRATEGY & COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS:

Section 1. Strategic Analytical Techniques:

4. BCG Growth/Share Portfolio Matrix.
5. GE Business Screen Matrix.
6. Industry Analysis.
7. Strategic Group Analysis.
8. SWOT Analysis.
9. Value Chain Analysis.

Section 2. Competitive and Customer Analysis Techniques:

10. Blindspot Analysis.
11. Competitor Analysis.
12. Customer Segmentation Analysis.
13. Customer Value Analysis.
14. Functional Capability & Resource Analysis.
15. Management Profiling.

Section 3. Environmental Analysis Techniques:

16. Issue Analysis.
17. Macro-environmental (STEEP) Analysis.
18. Scenario Analysis.
19. Stakeholder Analysis.

Section 4. Evolutionary Analysis Techniques:

20. Experience Curve Analysis.
21. Growth Vector Analysis.
22. Patent Analysis.
23. Product Life Cycle Analysis.
24. S-Curve (Technology Life Cycle) Analysis.

Section 5. Financial Analysis Techniques:

25. Financial Ratio & Statement Analysis.
26. Strategic Funds Programming.
27. Sustainable Growth Rate Analysis.Index.

2) 'Business & Competitive Analysis: Effective Application of New & Classic Methods' (published in 2007), by Craig Fleisher & Babette Bensoussan;

I recap its content tapestry as follows:

1. Business and Competitive Analysis: Definition, Context, & Benefits

2. Performing the Analysis Process

3. Avoiding Analysis Pitfalls

4. Communicating Analysis Results

5. Applying the FAROUT method

6. Industry Analysis (The Nine Forces)

7. Competitive Positioning Analysis

8. Business Model Analysis

9. SERVO Analysis

10. Supply Chain Management (SCM) Analysis

11. Benchmarking Analysis

12. McKinsey 7S Analysis

13. Shadowing

14. Product Line Analysis

15. Win/Loss Analysis

16. Strategic Relationship Analysis

17. Corporate Reputation Analysis

18. Critical Success Factors Analysis

19. Country Risk Analysis

20. Driving Forces Analysis

21. Event and Timeline Analysis

22. Technology Forecasting

23. War Gaming

24. Indications & Warning Analysis

25. Historiographical Analysis

26. Interpretation of Statistical Analysis

27. Competitor Cash Flow Analysis

28. Analysis of Competing Hypothesis

29. Linchpin Analysis

Combined, both compendiums discussed, compared, analysed & evaluated, with a seemingly strong bias towards application, almost 50 classic & popular contemporary tools & strategies in the BI/CI/SI field.

The two authors have apparently selected them out of 300 using their own prioritisation scheme to evaluate. [More information about the prioritisation can be found on the authors' weblog on Amazon.]

For each tool, the authors, backed with their own impeccable credentials in the BI/CI/SI arena, have presented clear descriptions, step-by-step instructions, & case study examples. For me, I have been quite impressed by their systematic & rigorous treatment.

Frankly, the first time I had encountered the authors' debut book (1), my managerial mind was blown as I have had real-world experiences with only a limited number of the tools & strategies, namely SWOT, STEEP/PEST Analyses, & GE's Nine Block Matrix (an adaptation of BCG's), plus strategic issues management.

Recently, I have acquired & read the authors' latest book (3), 'Analysis Without Paralysis: 10 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions', published in 2008.

I knew prior to my requisition that this book didn't offer new or fresh perspectives, but I had wanted to keep it as a memento, since I had really enjoyed the authors' earlier work.

For reader's benefit, I recap its content tapestry as follows:

Part I Introduction 1:

Chapter 1 Business Management & the Role of Analysis
Chapter 2 The Analysis Process

Part II Analysis Tools:

Chapter 3 BCG Growth/Share Portfolio Matrix
Chapter 4 Competitor Analysis
Chapter 5 Financial Ratio & Statement Analysis
Chapter 6 Five Forces Industry Analysis
Chapter 7 Issue Analysis
Chapter 8 Political Risk Analysis
Chapter 9 Scenario Analysis
Chapter 10 Macro-environmental (STEEP/PEST) Analysis
Chapter 11 SWOT Analysis
Chapter 12 Value Chain Analysis

All I can say about this book (3) is that it's a cannibalised version of the authors' earlier works, with only 10 selected tools & strategies, out of about 50.

If you have acquired the author's earlier masterpieces, then this book (3) is likely to be a redundant copy, unless of course if you are, just like me, want to have it as a memento.

If you want to access the authors' complete thoughtwares in the field of BI/CI/SI, I suggest getting the authors' two earlier books (1 & 2) as mentioned above. They may be pricey, but they are definitely worth the limited shelf space on your managerial bookshelf.

Reviewed by Lee Say Keng, Knowledge Adventurer & Technology Explorer, November 2008
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Introduction 10 Nov 2008
By Koala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The authors did a good job putting the tools together in a single book. Some of the tools covered are BCG Matrix, Competitor Analysis, Financial Ratios, Porter's Five Forces, SWOT, Value Chain Analysis and many more (10 tools in all). The chapters are all self-contained and independent, so skipping ahead to read up only on what you need is easy. I would have preferred more details for each analysis, perhaps using raw data. The case studies are interesting, the more the better. However, it would have been much more useful to include things like how the data were collected, how information was interpreted based on those data and what formula was used. For each tool, its strengths and weaknesses are discussed. Without other resources to fall back on I don't feel the chapters provided enough detail for beginners to put them into practice. Curiously though, there is this most complicated diagram I have ever seen to explain a simple SWOT analysis. With boxes and arrows taking up the whole page.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Smart compilation of classic analytical techniques for business managers 30 Jun 2011
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Developing a good corporate strategy requires rigorous analysis. You don't need to become a quant or a statistics expert, but you should understand how worthwhile analytics abet planning. Strategic analysis expert Babette E. Bensoussan and management professor Craig S. Fleisher explain, in simple terms, 10 classic, tried-and-true diagnostic techniques in this introduction to strategic development. This isn't a book for nerds, but for business executives and managers who need to know the basics of analysis so they can develop better corporate strategies. This guide is easy to use, with concise but thorough introductions to major analytical tools, their pros and cons, and step-by-step instructions for how to implement each one. getAbstract recommends this useful primer on corporate analytics to any managers who need grounding in this important discipline.
Good Management Tool 3 Jan 2013
By Wrat9000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a great summary of many management tools. Typically, I find management texts to be lacking content, but this one proved to be a great starting point. It provides case study excerpts to show these techniques in practice. Well written and a fast read.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good tool for the analysis toolbox 5 Feb 2012
By Ms. Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an easy read with all the essential details on how to make strong business decisions. This book is especially good for the newcomer to business strategy. For the seasoned executive, there are good reminders on what makes a good decision and move away from decision making that has created biases.
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