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What is Strategy and Does it Matter? [Paperback]

Richard Whittington
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21 Dec 2000
In this revision of his classic book Richard Whittington challenges the basic assumptions of management orthodoxy. By applying four basic theoretical approaches of strategy-making to a series of key strategic issues, Whittington demonstrates the practical implications of different theories with many examples. Students are then challenged to critically evaluate their own personal approach to strategy-making in practice. The new edition is fully updated to cover the latest issues in strategy including expanded coverage of the resource-based and knowledge-based views of the firm, and utilises new examples from the international, service and ebusiness' sectors.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861523777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861523778
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Preface; 1. What is Strategy and Does it Matter?; Introduction. Profit and Process in Business Strategy. The Plan of the Book. 2. Theories of Strategy. Introduction. The Classical Approach to Strategy. Evolutionary Perspectives on Strategy. Processual Approaches to Strategy. Systemic Perspectives on Strategy. Conclusions. 3. Strategic Leadership. Introduction. Visionary Leadership. Business Elites. Conclusions. 4. Strategic Choice. Introduction. Strategic Investment Decisions. Corporate Planning. Conclusions. 5. Growth Strategies. Introduction. Innovation. Diversification, Integration, and Take-overs. Internationalization. Conclusions. 6. Managing Strategy. Introduction. Strategy and Structure. Strategic Change. Conclusions. 7. Does it Matter? Introduction. Managerial Consequences. Industrial Policy Consequences. Notes. References. Index

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strategy matters - but you need a map 17 April 2002
Format:Paperback
The book is only 150 pages long but allocate twice as much time as you would expect to read it. The first reason is that it's been written by an academic and they have their own writing style which some of us take time to adjust to. The second reason is that its easy to get confused and you have to read it slowly. It starts with four different perspectives on strategy and refers to them throughout the book as consistent reference points. Once I had written down the four perspectives and added notes to each as I read the book it became a whole lot easier.
Thoughout the book the author tried to take an independent view of the four different perspectives but occasionally his preferences showed though. I think that he was right to take this viewpoint and hence avoided coming up with the type of generalised "fit all" solutions that are found in some business books.
The biggest value that I got from this book is that it enabled me to better understand how and why particular marketing strategies that I had been part of turned out as they did. No book has even helped me do this before. The other benefit is that it will give me more things to consider when I'm work on strategies in the future and isn't that why most of us buy books like this?
Overall an excellent book that works at many different levels. If it had been just a bit easier to read I'd have given it the top number of stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 5 Nov 2012
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this is exactly what I expected 10/10, highly recommend for anybody to use. worth the money, most certainly, advisory to buy other texts so you can compare, but if you only have enough for one text book then this is a must buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strategy explained like never before! 18 Sep 2009
By Maciej Gerhardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Its a truly good textbook. It is short and precise. Its contents do not solely focus on the classic school of strategy thinking but rather the focus is put on a comparison between the classic and 3 other schools of strategic thought. The short examples from real life which are used throughout the book give a better understanding of the concepts discussed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Strategy Book 26 Jun 2001
By Dhakshinamoorthy - Published on Amazon.com
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It only 130 pages of text. I have read a few chapters and find it absolutely mind blowing. Its power packed. I am sure the remaining chapters will be as impactful as well.
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