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4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of management models, 5 Jan. 2012
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This nice overview gives 60 management models that can be classified under strategic, tactical or operational models.

The authors cover each model in 4-6 pages, and this is systematically done under headers like:
- The big picture
- When to use it
- How to use it
- Final analysis
- References
- Notes

Each model often includes figures, some tips, checklists, and steps to take in using the model. The final analysis is reasonably good in giving a fair judgment of the model covered with advantages, disadvantages and suggestions in using the discussed model in combinations with other models if needed.

I would say that the strategic orientated models are really well worked out. The background of the authors and their link with the Dutch consulting firm Berenschot makes that very clear. There is some promotion of the company Berenschot but this is done at a low level.

The operational models section are slightly lesser worked out, or perhaps a poorer selection was made to include certain operational models in this book. Still it is understandable that the authors had to select somewhere in models covered.

Overall this book gives a very nice overview of management models out there. This book is especially strong in covering the strategic models (especially keeping the 4-6 pages coverage for each model in mind).

The following model-classification structure was used in this book:

"- Part One: Strategic models (positioning/aim): These models help to analyse and plan a company's strategy position and provide answers to strategic questions.
- Part Two: Tactical models (design/organization): These models help to organize a company's processes, resources and people. They address important `how to' questions when analyzing and designing excellent organizations.
- Part Three: Operational models (implementation/execution): These models help to change organizations and implement best practices. In addition, this category covers models that help to optimize operational processed and activities. They address the `who, what, when' questions when analyzing and implementing excellent organizations."


About the authors
Publisher's acknowledgements
Using the book

Part One: Strategic models
1. Ansoff's product / market grid
2. The BCG matrix
3. Blue ocean strategy
4. Competitive analysis: Porter's five forces
5. Core competencies
6. Greiner's growth model
7. Kay's distinctive capabilities
8. Market-driven organization
9. Off-shoring / outsourcing
10. Road-mapping
11. Scenario-planning
12. Strategic dialogue
13. Strategic HRM model
14. Strategic human capital planning
15. SWOT analysis
16. The value chain
17. Value-based management
18. The value disciplines of Treacy and Wiersema

Part Two: Tactical models
19. The 7-S framework
20. Activity-based costing
21. Beer and Nohria - E and O theories
22. Benchmarking
23. Business process redesign
24. Competing values of organizational effectiveness
25. Core quadrants
26. Covey's seven habits of highly effective people
27. Curry's pyramid: customer marketing and relationship management
28. The Dupont analysis
29. Factory gate pricing
30. Henderson and Venkatraman's strategic alignment model
31. Hofstede's cultural dimensions
32. House of purchasing and supply
33. The innovation circle
34. Kotler's 4Ps of marketing
35. Kotter's eight phases of change
36. Kraljic's purchasing model
37. Lean thinking / just-in-time
38. MABA analysis
39. Milkovich's compensation model
40. Mintzberg's configurations
41. Monczka's purchasing model
42. Overhead value analysis
43. Quick response manufacturing
44. Senge - The fifth discipline
45. Six sigma
46. The EFQM excellence model
47. The theory of constraints
48. Vendor managed inventory

Part Three: Operational models
49. The balanced scorecard (BSC)
50. Belbin's team roles
51. The branding pentagram
52. Change quadrants
53. Discounted cashflow
54. Kaizen / Gemba
55. Mintzberg's management roles
56. Risk reward analysis
57. Root cause analysis / Pareto analysis
58. The six thinking hats of de Bono
59. The Deming cycle: plan-do-check-act
60. Value stream mapping

Appendix: Model matrix / Categorization of models / Index
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2014 11:45:37 GMT
Mobi says:
Your review is more comprehensive than the book itself :-)
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