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Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour Through The…

Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour Through The Wilds of Strategic Management

by Henry Mintzberg

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I enjoyed this safari through strategic management. It highlighted a lot of assumptions I never quite understood before, gave me great ideas for fiction, and gave me ideas for courses of action as a PhD learner - and may well inform my dissertation. ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
Very well-developed book, based on the review of tons of material. The authors mentioned they may be somewhat biased to certain schools of thought on strategy. It shows, but the coverage of the different approaches and theories and the schools they've grouped them into is generally well-rounded. The coverage of each school share a similar breakdown, including how the theories developed and by whom, examples of studies, key premises, and good and bad points of each school. They also compare and discussion general aspects of strategy and how the different schools compare. Gets a bit heavy for someone not deeply into strategy formation, but is mostly easy to read and even funny in parts. ( )
  Murdocke23 | Jan 31, 2010 |
Informative but humorous treatment of strategic scools of thought. Use of Saxe's poem of the blind men (sic) and the elephant to show that "we need them all". ( )
  Mapping | Jun 10, 2008 |
In this comprehensive book on corporate strategies the authors survey ten schools of thought on strategy, bringing many different perspectives to the table. Strategy Safari is well-written with many examples to illustrate concepts. It is a good starting place for anyone interested in the subject.
  Pivo1 | Mar 25, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743270576, Paperback)

Strategy Safari, the international bestseller on strategy by leading management thinker Henry Mintzberg and his colleagues Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel, is widely considered a classic work in the field.

No other book synthesizes the entire history and evolution of strategic management in so lively and entertaining a fashion. Since the initial publication of Strategy Safari, managers, consultants, and academics all over the world have found this book an indispensable and delightful tool -- it has been translated into more than ten languages, including Chinese, Russian, and French, and has been used in top MBA programs worldwide.

Strategy Safari makes sense of a field that often seems to make no sense. Mintzberg, Ahlstrand, and Lampel pair their sweeping vision of strategy making with an authoritative catalog in which they identify ten schools of strategy that have emerged over the past four decades.

Why struggle through the vast, confusing terrain of strategy formation? With clarity and depth, Strategy Safari maps the strategic landscape and facilitates intelligent, informed strategy formation.

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Strategy making is considered the high point of managerial activity. But bombarded by fads and fixes, most managers have been groping blindly to get their arms around the proverbial elephant. Now Henry Mintzberg has teamed up with Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel to create a powerful antidote: a comprehensive and illuminating - as well as colorful - tour through the fields of strategic management. Mintzberg, Ahlstrand, and Lampel have shaped each of ten different approaches into a coherent school of strategy formation. In the process, the authors clarify the enormous amount of confusion that exists. The authors provide a thorough critique of the contributions and limitations of each school - from the design, planning, positioning, entrepreneurial, and cognitive schools to the learning, power, cultural, environmental, and configurational schools - culminating in how they might combine to reveal that elephant.… (more)

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