Strategy Safari: The complete guide through the wilds of strategic management (2nd Edition) Paperback – 20 Nov 2008
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"Mintzberg is one of the best guides for an analysis of strategy and this book is the perfect starting point for someone interested in understanding more about it." - Director Magazine, January 2009 (readership 173,000)
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"Henry Mintzberg's views are a breath of fresh air which can only encourage the good guys." The Observer
Strategy Safari gives you the big ten in the strategy jungle
In this revised edition of the original, ground-breaking Strategy Safari, Henry Mintzberg, described by Tom Peters as perhaps the worlds premier management thinker and his equally maverick co-authors continue to blaze a trail through the jungle of strategy. This provocative, jargon-free and readable guide clearly sets out and critiques each of the ten major schools of strategic management to help you grasp what you really need to know. Whether you are an ambitious manager or a bewildered student, Strategy Safari is your indispensable guide to strategy.
Take the strategy safari your business will thank you for it
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One of the main reasons is that there are so many deeply held views of what strategy is.
If you are a senior manager and have ever faced such a situation, then this book should be at the top of your list.
Authoritative but entertaining, it overviews and critiques the ten schools of strategic thinking which are common in the business world today. Read once through quickly, it will open your eyes to the key thoughts and terminology which characterise each school - in turn explaining why otherwise flexible colleagues can become intransigent over the meaning of a single word.
A more careful rereading will enable you to gain an overview of how different kinds of strategy relate to each other, when one school is preferable to another, and the pitfalls of following any one school slavishly.
At a further level, this book carefully refers by page number to the key texts in each of the schools. It therefore becomes an extended bibliographic study guide to a much deeper immersion in underlying theory.
Mintzberg and his co-authors have worked very hard to keep this text lucid and relatively short. It is nonetheless detailed and rewarding. If you are not sure about this book, there is a summary paper in the FT's Mastering Strategy, which should help to make up your mind.
It's therefore a challenging read if you're already knowledgable about strategy and you have your own views about the different approaches. While some of it made me angry with what were almost parodies, some barbs hit home.
For all the focus on strategy in the last 40 years, we still have much to learn. Once problem is the desire to sell the latest idea as a replacement for what's gone before rather than an improvement which adds to accepted wisdom.
I can see that this is a good read for students who are studying strategy and need to be able to learn and then criticise the ideas and concepts. It's also a shot across the bows to academics who need to be synthesising the best approaches rather than creating more. It's not a guide for a senior manager or business owner who wants to learn how to think strategically. In highlighting the different approaches, it's likely to discourage their efforts. I think that would be a shame because I believe there is a lot to be gained from learning how to think about the future and how you can shape or adapt to what's likely to happen.
It was an interesting read but I've never felt the urge to go back to it.
About my book reviews - I aim to be a tough reviewer because the main cost of a book is not the money to buy it but the time needed to read it and absorb the key messages. 3 stars is worthwhile.
Paul Simister, business coach
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