Strategy Bites Back: It is a Lot More, and Less, Than You Ever Imagined--

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Prentice Hall Financial Times, 2005 - Business & Economics - 292 pages
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SWOTed by strategy models? Crunched by analysis? Strategy doesn't have to be this way. Strategy is really all about being different. Thinking about it shouldn't make you reach for the snooze button. Strategy Bites Back brings you a provocative, imaginative and surprising mix of perspectives to help stimulate more creative strategic thinking and more enjoyable strategy making. From voices as diverse as Michael Porter and Gary Hamel, John Kay and Lucy Kellaway, W.H. Starbuck and Jack Welch you can enjoy exploring the sharper side of strategy. * Strategy as the Little Black Dress* Forecasting Whoops* Management and Magic* The Soft Underbelly of Hard Data* Jack Welch on Planning* The Seven Deadly Sins of Strategic Planning* Strategy from the Grassroots* Strategy One Step at a Time* Strategy and the Art of Seduction * and many, many more. Strategy with a difference starts here, and why not have a good time reading a strategy book for a change?

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Review: Strategy Bites Back: It Is Far More, and Less, Than You Ever Imagined

User Review  - Denis Korsunov - Goodreads

Wonderful set of strategy specialized articles! Just from this one source you can find update for current approaches for strategic planning with their pros and cons. Here you will not find a doctrine, but a bunch of ideas, and very likely that one of these ideas can be useful for your case. Read full review

Review: Strategy Bites Back: It Is Far More, and Less, Than You Ever Imagined

User Review  - Alex Pasternak - Goodreads

A great easy to read business book. Just a bunch of vignettes, although with a purpose. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Henry Mintzberg


Henry Mintzberg normally bites back on issues of management, organization, and corporate social irresponsibility (i.e., shareholder value), as well as management education and strategy. (Managers not MBAs, with Berrett-Koehler in the US and Financial Times Prentice Hall in Europe was his last book.) He managed to get a PhD in management at MIT and has slipped about 130 articles past unsuspecting editors.  He is the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University.


Bruce Ahlstrand


Bruce Ahlstrand likes to prospect for strategy gems in unlikely places - from the game of Texas Hold'em to the Greek tragedies. He is devoted to developing new and creative ways of teaching business strategy and has never met a case study that he liked. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. Bruce is the author ofThe Quest for Productivity(Cambridge University Press) and co-author ofHuman Resource Management in the Multi-Divisional Company(Oxford University Press). He is a professor of management at Trent University in Ontario, Canada.


Joseph Lampel


Joe Lampel began his career believing that strategy is the answer, but has recently concluded that it may be the answer to the wrong question.   He first began to suspect this terrible truth during the long journey that produced the Strategy Safari.  Further research, and numerous publications in journals that are well received in polite academic society, only served to confirm this belief.     Joe was awarded a PhD in management by McGill University for good behavior.  He subsequently spent seven years at Stern School, NYU, trying to break into showbusiness.   He currently resides at Cass Business School, City University London, an institution that happily accommodates his quest to find the answer to strategy's unanswerable questions.


Henry, Bruce and Joe are also the authors of the bestsellingStrategy Safari(Financial Times Prentice Hall).


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