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The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning: Reconceiving Roles for Planning, Plans, Planners Hardcover – 3 Mar 1994


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  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press (3 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780029216057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029216057
  • ASIN: 0029216052
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 16.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782,724 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning is an important book, whose significance goes well beyond its subject. Most leaders, managers, and companies have adopted methods of deciding what to do and how to implement them without considering the fundamental assumptions and experiences with those methods. In essence, this important knowledge work is back where the planning of manual work was before Frederick Taylor. What he says has implications for quality, production planning, capacity expansions, new product design, IT, and many ohter functions, processes and activities.
Before you dismiss this point as being merely of academic interest, consider several of Mintzberg's more telling points: Forecasting is seldom accurate for long; creating intense alignment in the wrong direction can make a company vulnerable to sudden shifts in the market; formal staffs can simply create political games; and thinking that is not linked into the important processes of the company will have limited impact. If those points are right, what does it mean about how work should be performed in your organization?
Having been there and done that as both a strategic planner in the early 1970s and a strategy consultant before that, I recognize the disease as he diagnoses it. In fact, many of the people he quotes and evaluates are people I know. I also saw many of the companies improve themselves by doing less planning.
You can only cover so much in one book, but the potential of strategic work is to improve significant communications, thinking and action in the enterprise. That can help eliminate the significant stalls that delay progress. If Professor Mintzberg decides to do a second edition of this book, I hope he will do more with those subjects.
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An excellent overview of planning its growth and subsequent exposé of flaws - without doubt one for your collection is strategy is your thing
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Beugre on 20 Mar 2009
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I am finding this book very stimulating, well written, and full of everyday business truths.

It is a very good companion on the bookshelf of any manager worth his/her salt.

I highly recommend it to you whether it is for your career or your business needs.

Enjoy!
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13 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan 2001
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Henry Mintzberg is definitely the best author around when one seeks to enlighten him or herself about the mysteries of strategic management. Mintzberg is a down-to-earth analyst of his discipline and instead of providing his readers with the one golden formula of directing a business towards success, which does not exist, he delivers a balanced discussion of how SM can help and how it can mislead executive managers and their likes.
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brid Kelly on 4 Dec 2009
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I never received the book despite paying for it. Rubbish service and no explaination as to what has happened.
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