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on 5 January 2012
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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on 5 November 2015
not very useful at least for me.
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on 27 May 2014
Working in Product Management I found this book very useful. It gives quick explanations for models that can help you frame your thinking in many different ways.

Kept me a step ahead of my competition :)
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on 23 October 2014
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on 9 May 2014
Well researched, punchy and very useful. The way each idea is reduced to a few pages is very helpful and all ideas are supported by plenty of sources on can later explore.
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on 4 December 2013
I bought this book as at first glance it looked comprehensive and useful...its neither. Use wikipedia and buy yourself a drink or two with the money you've saved!
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on 12 November 2009
I completed an MBA about 5 years ago, and found the most useful part of the learning was having a suite of models to use as a framework for thought, analysis and discussions. The models don't give you the answers. They are tools to help you find the right answers.

I was looking for a book where I could refresh my memory about key models and their application, and came across this. It is a gem. It has three compelling features. Firstly, the models are logically sorted into groups eg Strategic, Tactical, Operational. Secondly, each model is described very clearly and concisely, structured as a summary, when to use it, how to use it, and a final constructive review of any limitations it may have. Finally, it is written so that it is accessible to anyone, so avoids jargon or unnecessary sophistication. One of the signs of greatness in my opinion is being able to describe complicated ideas simply, and it acheives this.

It is a book that is worth flicking through regularly to trigger thoughts about current strategy and direction within an organisation. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone involved in management.
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on 19 September 2010
I use a variety of business models in my consulting work and I purchased this book together with 'Business Model Generation, by Osterwalder and Pigneur. I found the latter book more useful for creative work I undertake with several clients. This text, 'Key Management Models' is excellent in bringing myself and clients up to speed with tools and techniques that can be used for disgnosing and fixing organisational problems and implementing change.
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on 14 September 2012
I was looking for a book that contains the most used strategies and I found it. Although some strategies are not shown and listed, this book has indeed a lot of different strategies which are very helpful and useful. If more companies use more of those strategies, then we would have a lot more successful organisations in this world.
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on 9 September 2010
This is a great summary of frequently used management models. I really liked the approach.
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