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Strategy Safari: The Complete Guide Through the Wilds of Strategic Management [Paperback]

Henry Mintzberg , Prof Bruce Ahlstrand , Joseph B. Lampel
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20 Nov 2008 0273719580 978-0273719588 2

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

 “My favourite management book of the last 25 years? No contest. The Rise & Fall of Strategic Planning.” Tom Peters, managment guru

Strategy is the most prestigious but also the most confusing part of business. Managers are constantly bombarded with new jargon and the latest fads promising the magic bullet for every strategic problem. The world of strategy can seem to be an impenetrable jungle. Strategy Safari presents a powerful antidote to the dilemma of needing to know about strategy and yet not being able to find any comprehensible guidelines. This revised edition is a comprehensive, colourful and illuminating tour through the wilds of strategic management.

In this provocative, jargon-free and extremely readable guide, top strategy authors Mintzberg, Ahlstrand & Lampel clearly set out and critique each of the ten major schools of strategic management thinking to help you grasp what you really need to know.

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

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 2 edition (20 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273719580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273719588
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal and winner of awards from the most prestigious practitioner and academic institutions in management (Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management, Association of Management Consulting Firms, and others.) He is the author of fifteen books, including Managing, Managers Not MBAs, Strategy Safari, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, and Mintzberg on Management. For more information on his activities, visit and

"Perhaps the world's premier management thinker". Tom Peters

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"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)

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"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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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When senior managers and executives discuss strategy, the results are often unhelpful or unenlightening. This is bad enough in a single company, but in a merger or formal partnership it can quickly result in energy sapping discussions which lead nowhere.
One of the main reasons is that there are so many deeply held views of what strategy is.
If you are a senior manager and have ever faced such a situation, then this book should be at the top of your list.
Authoritative but entertaining, it overviews and critiques the ten schools of strategic thinking which are common in the business world today. Read once through quickly, it will open your eyes to the key thoughts and terminology which characterise each school - in turn explaining why otherwise flexible colleagues can become intransigent over the meaning of a single word.
A more careful rereading will enable you to gain an overview of how different kinds of strategy relate to each other, when one school is preferable to another, and the pitfalls of following any one school slavishly.
At a further level, this book carefully refers by page number to the key texts in each of the schools. It therefore becomes an extended bibliographic study guide to a much deeper immersion in underlying theory.
Mintzberg and his co-authors have worked very hard to keep this text lucid and relatively short. It is nonetheless detailed and rewarding. If you are not sure about this book, there is a summary paper in the FT's Mastering Strategy, which should help to make up your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MBA in a volume 9 Aug 2002
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
If like me you are doing your MBA, this is one of two essential books (the other being the book of MBA models.) This is a potted history of strategic thinking, not sufficient on its own to develop your dissertation according to one school of thought, but an excellent starter for ten and a superb context in which to place the evolution of corporate strategy.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is the most valuable book ever written on strategic management. Be sure to read and apply its lessons well!
I have worked in the field of strategic management since before it was called that, both as a practitioner and as a consultant. One of my favorite complaints about books in the field is that they emphasize one facet of developing and implementing stratgies and ignore the others. This book is the outstanding exception to that problemmatic standard of tunnel vision. There's no stalled thinking here about strategic management.
If you are like me, you would like to get better results from strategic management. Solving one part of the task and ignoring the others leads to failure just as surely as ignoring strategic managment does. Imbalance in perspective can be equally dangerous. As the authors point out, " . . . The greatest failings of strategic management have occurred when managers took one point of view too seriously."
Mintzberg, Ahlstrand, and Lampel start out by pointing out that there are five different kinds of strategy definitions (as plan, pattern, perspective, position, and ploy). When you read books about strategy, keep these in mind.
They begin with the tale of the six blind men and the elephant. Each can grasp one element of the elephant, but cannot grasp the whole. That's the situation the authors are warning you against.
They define this work as "a field review not a literature review" so you don't find every book's details. Whew! That's a relief. On the other hand, they are clearly familiar with the literature and cite it where appropriate. The book is designed for managers, consultants, professors and students. The style is also designed to be easily accessible. And these goals are well achieved in my view.
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I admit that I started reading this as a fan of Mintzberg's easy to read and sometimes funny style. As a business school student, the schools of strategy were not hanging together for me. One text would present a number of broad schools, another would sub-divide them, and of course they would both call some of them by different names. This book starts by introducing the different schools and how they came about, then discusses each in turn, then (hallelujah!) provides a really clear table at the back of the book showing how they differ. It has made my studies easier, though I admit to bias and being a fan to start with.
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This is possibly the best strategy book I have ever read. If you think the only way to develop business strategy is to get loads of data, put it into matrices and analyse it, yet you are left wondering why the method doesnt 'quite fit', this book is for you.
Describing and contrasting a number of strategy 'schools', the book talks about how different approaches can legitimately be used in different businesses. The book has given me such a new way of looking at strategy that I dont really want to tell you about it at all!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious overview on Corporate Strategy 27 Dec 2003
Mintzberg is one of the pioneers of corporate strategy and has a pragmatic view on the subject. Having devoted a couple of decades on researching the subject, few persons could be better equipped to provide an overview of the subject than he.
The book contains a meta level presentation of the different schools of corporate strategy in an accessible and inspiring way. It also points out the strengths and weaknesses of each school.
After having read the book you will be in a better position to put corporate strategies you run into in perspective and know what the strength/weaknesses are for the chosen school of strategy.
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Published 3 months ago by Jerry LIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts to the chase
This is a perfect read for the student of strategy; Mintzberg and co cut through the counter less schools and books on the subject to give a clear and concise overview with some... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the jungle
Mintzberg introduces the process of strategy formation as ten different schools and then analyzes the pros and cons of each school. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tuomas Vallius
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summary
A solid, historical journey which provides a broader context to the often messy subject of strategic management. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Chakravarti
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book looks like a new one, but I waited for a long time to get it, I think more than two weeks.
Published 20 months ago by YU ZHOUCHEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the secrets of strategy, and to all students. I personally love the book
Published 23 months ago by charly hermann foyou
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is written for professionals and academics. It is full of practical insight and high as well as low level stuff. Just fabulous. Excellent book.
Published on 14 Sep 2012 by Peter Gerlach
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected
I bought this books as I had read Henry Mintzberg's book Managers not MBAs" and liked his style a lot. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Ravikumar Cherubala
5.0 out of 5 stars Mintzberg 10 schools of strategic thought
If you haven't a clue about Mintzberg's 10 schools of strategic thought, then this is the book for you. Each one is covered chapter by chapter.
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by queenb69
3.0 out of 5 stars Strategy Safari!!! It'sfor my leadership degree!!!
It's a good book....I guess!!! I needed it for my degree.... and hopefully it will lead me on to better things!!!!
Published on 10 Aug 2009 by Mrs. Angela M. Geraghty
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