This book is essential reading for executives, managers, strategists, analysts and design thinkers. Strategy theory can be a dry topic but this book is easy to read with useful diagrams that help explain the different concepts. It offers an objective and well-cited overview of all different styles of strategic thinking rather than advocate one particular style.
The overall message is that each approach has its own strengths and weaknesses, and is useful in different situations – for example the entrepreneurial school and learning school of strategic thought might be better for small, agile startups and businesses while the positioning and planning schools might be better for larger corporations. The power school of strategic thought is probably best for people who like to play games.
A quick overview of the ten schools of strategy, quoting the quick reference table at the back of the book:
Design: Strategy as planned perspective and a process of conception
Planning: Strategy as decomposed plans or positions and a formal process
Positioning: Strategy as planned generic positions and an analytical process
Entrepreneurial: Strategy as unique perspective and a visionary process
Cognitive: Strategy as mental perspective and process
Learning: Strategy as learned patterns and emergent process
Power: Strategy as political patterns, positions and ploys, and a process of negotiation
Cultural: Strategy as collective perspective and process
Environmental: Strategy as specific generic positions or niches and a reactive process
Configuration: Strategy as a process of transformation
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