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Strategic Management and Business Policy: Achieving Sustainability Hardcover – 21 Jul 2009

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99d0e390) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9997c144) out of 5 stars A good book on management 4 Oct. 2009
By Mariano Apuya Jr - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the text book that is used for my capstone class MBA program. There are two versions of this edition, the first one is the entire book including the cases, the other is a paperback without the cases, I bought the latter. We used only four cases; I photocopied the four by borrowing a copy from my teammate.

This is an easy book to pick apart. The effect it had on me is that, I know a lot of things about business, my knowledge is rounded out my knowledge into a coherent whole. The subject is strategic management, not so much business policy. The sustainability part is in several places but never an in-depth issue, it is usually relegated to the various panels and vignettes that litter the chapters. I'd have to disagree with the claim that the entire book has as its focus, environmental matters.

The content is divided into the major components of a strategic audit. The parts (in order) are environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation and evaluation and control. There are three levels of strategy in an organization: corporate, business, and functional. The emphasis is in the highest, corporate and business. Functional strategies are touched on shallowly, which is sensible since marketing, finance, accounting, information technology, operations, are covered in-depth elsewhere in the MBA curriculum.

There are interconnections in the content, topics in chapters are cognates in other chapter. This book is not exactly a cookbook, even if it was it would be a very good one. You can analyze a company by its products, organization, industry, management etc., and it will spit out a good strategy to implement. Chapter eight is kind of weak and just needs to be read just once. Structure and staffing follows strategy, so the type of organization and mangers a firm has is driven by the chosen strategy and are important considerations. I know that whole graduate programs are devoted to teach organizational change and human resources, but the final chapters are very weak. In organization, all that is touched on is life cycle of the company and the forms matrix and networks. Terrorists organize themselves into cells, that structure in touted as the future. In human resources it is just a matter of matching managers to functions, these topics are covered in a chapter each.

This book is good enough that you can teach yourself. If this is for a class, then this book will not dissuade you into matriculating. You can gainsay that this book is not rigorous enough, if you don't need that rigor to present your knowledge the better.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99afeeac) out of 5 stars Easy read 15 Mar. 2010
By D. Sellers - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had to purchase this book for my capstone course and I found the book to be easy to read and up to date. The case studies are interesting to read and well written. I would have liked if the publishers had posted the strategic audit worksheet to their website. I created one, but it was a lot of work.
HASH(0x9995a438) out of 5 stars Integrity & Excellence 26 Feb. 2011
By Moulino T. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is great for upcoming business professionals. It teaches you real life scenarios to help you overcome your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths.
HASH(0x99d5d444) out of 5 stars Got me through my last class 17 May 2013
By warm seat - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The text was exactly the book needed for my MG495 class. I found the book useful and informative when combined with the instructors lessons.
HASH(0x99af1c24) out of 5 stars Required for school 27 Feb. 2014
By Mozzarella - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Had to purchase for my strategic management class. Nothing special. All the information could be found elsewhere. Buy only if you need.
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