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Mintzberg on Strategy

Mintzberg on Strategy

The work of Canadian, Henry Mintzberg counters much of the detailed rationalism of other major thinkers of recent decades.  From his first publication, The Nature of Managerial Work, Mintzberg has challenged orthodoxy, arguing the case for a more...

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Strategic Nations

Strategic Nations

Eventually, strategists inevitably feel cramped by coming up with neat strategies for corporations – however multinational they might be.  They crave a bigger stage.  Michael Porter has tackled strategy in the healthcare industry – notably in a...

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In search of strategy

In search of strategy

Always start by defining terms. It sounds sensible and straightforward – especially with a subject like strategy, which has been studied from every angle. But it is not. In 1987 Henry Mintzberg offered five definitions of strategy for...

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From Boston with a Matrix

From Boston with a Matrix

“It struck me that if you look at strategy as an intellectual construct, a framework, a set of ideas, it really didn’t exist in a formal way much before the 1960s,” observes Walter Kiechel in The Lords of Strategy: The Secret History of the New...

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Change While You Are Ahead

Change While You Are Ahead

“Stability is risky,” Columbia Business School’s Rita McGrath told us. “By the time you need change management it’s almost too late.  You want to be in continual motion.  There are some things you want to keep stable as an organization.  You...

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