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Mintzberg, Ahlstrand and Lampel's Strategy Safari: The Complete Guide Through the Wilds of Strategic Management is the best book on strategy I've ever read. This follow-up book really isn't. Essentially, it's a collection of quite random thoughts on strategy based on the underlying premises of Strategy Safari, and laid out in the 'in your face' style which (it seems to me) is often employed when the book's actual content is somewhat lacking.

If you're looking for a collection of slightly zappy conversation starters for strategy seminars, this might be the book you're looking for. If you're looking for the real follow-up to Strategy Safari, then you should be looking at Mintzberg's Tracking Strategies: Toward a General Theory, which is the academic culmination of his life's work.
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on 17 March 2009
A fun look at the subject of strategy. If you've studied the usual strategy text books this will come as welcome light relief. It's full of short, entertaining snippets but all with a serious and thought-provoking message behind them. I particularly liked the fact that it includes extracts which poke fun at the whole 'strategy' industry - good reminders that it's possible to spend so much time crafting strategies that you run out of time to actually DO anything.
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on 29 May 2013
I downloaded this book as a reference for a university paper. It humorously critically evaluates Strategy by introducing new theories on this topic that are relevant within the twenty first century. Its many anicdotes give a fresh perspective, making this a light and enjoyable read on a rather heavy and at times boring topic. Would highly recommend.
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on 23 February 2014
Strategy Bites Back: It Is A Lot More, And Less, Than You Ever Imagined by Henry Mintzberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as pre-reading before studying Strategy with the Open University. It was very clear and easy to read, explained things ownderfully, made me laugh in places, and was genuinely useful in getting my head round what strategy actually is. The book is a series of short articles, put into language most people can read rather than the drier academic style or cringeworthy business speak that these sort of books are often written in. This is a plain english text that works.

I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand strategy, read this before trying anything else (and as a second reading I would go for Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters).
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on 22 October 2013
It's tryin gto make a subject which is neither well defined nor particularly thrilling to the average student into a 'fun' thing - maybe a little too hard. Although the critical angle is stimulating, some parts are not summarized sufficiently in depth in order to understand the critique fully. Maybe not as a first book , but as a follow-up? I imagine the Strategy Safari might be the one the Bites could folow, but since the Safaru is not available in electronic form, I haven't been able to have a look at that as well and am not qualified to jjudge.
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on 18 October 2015
Interesting fun read
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