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Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution and Change (2nd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence G. Hrebiniak
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Without effective execution, no business strategy can succeed. This second edition delivers a powerful framework every leader can use to overcome the obstacles to successfully deploying business strategy. In this book, leading consultant and Wharton professor Lawrence Hrebiniak offers a comprehensive, disciplined process model for making strategy work in the real world. Drawing on his unsurpassed experience, Hrebiniak shows why execution is even more important than many senior executives realize, and sheds powerful new light on why businesses fail to deliver on even their most promising strategies. He offers a systematic roadmap for execution that encompasses every key success factor: organizational structure, coordination, information sharing, incentives, controls, change management, culture, and the role of power and influence in your business. With three new chapters, expanded coverage, and new examples, the Second Edition of this highly successful book is the definitive guide for turning strategy into action.



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Now Extensively Updated--The Most Complete Roadmap and Process Model for Executing on Strategy

Without effective execution, no business strategy can succeed. By now, most executives and managers realize that. Unfortunately, most organizations are still far better at developing strategy than at executing it. In Making Strategy Work, Second Edition, leading consultant and Wharton professor Lawrence Hrebiniak offers today’s most comprehensive, disciplined process model for making strategy work in the real world.

Now fully updated, this Second Edition reflects new research at Wharton and beyond, and extensive additional input from managers confronting and solving execution-related problems. In an expanded applications section, Hrebiniak shows how to apply his model to a wide range of challenging, real-world situations. This edition offers new chapters with deeper analysis of strategy execution in global environments, and of linking project management with strategy. Responding to many requests, Hrebiniak has also added an entirely new chapter on service organizations.

This book sheds powerful new light on why businesses fail to deliver on even their most promising strategies. Hrebiniak’s complete execution roadmap encompasses organizational structure, coordination, information sharing, incentives, controls, change management, culture, the role of power and influence, and much more.

Strengthening the linkages between planning and execution
  Getting planners and “doers” involved in strategy execution
Building the capabilities and culture you’ll need to execute
  Aligning organizational skills, resources, and culture around your strategies
Getting structure right
  Balancing centralization and decentralization to optimize the benefits of each, while achieving effective coordination or integration
Defining a logical flow of execution decisions and actions
  Making sure the right tasks get done at the right time
Widening the scope of successful execution
  Overcoming unique obstacles to execution in M&A, global markets, and service organizations

About the Author

Lawrence G. Hrebiniak, Ph.D., has emeritus status at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Hrebiniak was a member of the faculty of the Department of Management of The Wharton School for 36 years, where he taught courses in strategic management in the Wharton M.B.A. and Executive Education Programs. He still is very active in the Wharton Executive Education arena, teaching and working with managers in the area of strategy implementation or execution.

Dr. Hrebiniak held managerial positions in the automobile industry prior to entering academia, which provided him with valuable real-world experience. He is a past President of the Organization Theory Division of the Academy of Management. For more than two years he was one of a handful of Wharton faculty members providing commentaries on the Wharton Management Report, a TV program on the Financial News Network.

Professor Hrebiniak’s most notable research of late has been in the area of strategy execution. He has consulted with or participated in executive development work with scores of companies, profit and not-for-profit alike, both inside and outside the U.S. He facilitated many of Jack Welch’s legendary “Work-Outs.” Based on his research and experience with strategy implementation, he developed integrated processes that help make strategy work in different organizations, across different industry settings. He is still active as a researcher and consultant.

Dr. Hrebiniak has authored seven books and numerous professional articles. This book, the second edition of the bestselling Making Strategy Work, reflects his experience as a manager, consultant, and educator in creating a culture of execution and facilitator of the execution process in complex organizations.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5764 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Pearson FT Press; 2 edition (24 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D45ZEMC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent update to a classic text 22 April 2014
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This book owes most of its value to an earlier book by Hrebiniak published in 1984: that book, "Implementing Strategy", was a landmark in thinking about how to apply ideas of strategic control in practice, within which Hrebiniak effectively invented the idea of 'strategy implementation' being something specific you can do within an organisation (rather than just a not well understood but necessary next step in the corporate strategy sequence introduced by Andrews in the 1960s). The five element model proposed in that book is flexible and helps to structure activity into a sensible sequence: although it predated the recently popular 'strategy execution' ideas by at least 20 years, it is more rounded and developed than many of the models proposed today for 'strategy execution'.

This book - "Making Strategy Work" was first published in 2005, and is effectively a 'casebook' for the ideas introduced in "Implementing Strategy" - with a variety of examples of how the strategy implementation model it proposed can be applied to specific types of organisation, and / or specific areas of interest (e.g. as part of a merger or acquisition). Not directly as informative as the "Implementing Strategy" book, it serves as a useful complement to it.

This updated edition includes some new information based on some research Hrebiniak at Wharton, but mostly appears to be re-issue of the previous version (perhaps with increased use of the term "strategy execution"). Either way though, a helpful and worthwhile book to have on the shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An effective guidebook for strategy implementation 30 May 2014
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Planning is one thing, but making the plan work is quite another. Seeing good plans flounder or fail is frustrating. This book definitely relieves this frustration. It lays out the biggest obstacles to effective execution and provides answers to confront and eliminate these obstacles. It really is an execution guidebook.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Oct. 2014
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A treasure chest of knowledge and wisdom, well laid out and organized, succinctly expressed. Highly rcommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book 1 Jan. 2014
By Patrick Sanaghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read this book twice and have found it to be one of the very best resources about implementation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Sept. 2014
By Jane Huizenga - Published on Amazon.com
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Book was as promised
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