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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: 15.9 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,936 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 www.mintzberg.org and www.CoachingOurselves.com.

"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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2003
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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2002
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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 By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2004
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2002
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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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2001
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erwin Kuntze on 27 Dec. 2003
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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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