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Contents Acknowledgements / ix Embarkation / xi 1 'And over here, ladies and gentlemen: the strategic management beast Why ten? A field review Five Ps for strategy Strategies for better and for worse Strategic management as an academic discipline 2 The design school: strategy formation as a process of conception Origins of the design school The basic design school model Premises of the design school Critique of the design school The design school: contexts and contributions 3 The planning school: strategy formation as a formal process The basic strategic planning model Sorting out the hierarchies Premises of the planning school Some more recent developments Planning's unplanned troubles The fallacies of strategic planning The context and contribution of the planning school 4 The positioning school: strategy formation as an analytical process Enter Porter Premises of the positioning school The first wave: origins in the military maxims The second wave: the search for consulting imperatives The third wave: the development of empirical propositions Critique of the positioning school Contribution and context of the positioning school 5 The entrepreneurial school: strategy formation as a visionary process Origins in economics The literature of the entrepreneurial school Visionary leadership Premises of the entrepreneurial school &nbs

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"Henry Mintzberg is perhaps the world's premier management thinker" a Carlsberg-style endorsement of the author from Tom Peters, management guru Henry Mintzberg is one of today's best-known and most controversial management thinkers. Currently Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, he is always interesting and usually controversial and holds the management and strategy communities in thrall. He claims to spend his public life dealing with organizations, and his private life escaping from them. Bruce Ahlstrand likes to prospect for strategy gems in unlikely places - from the game of Texas Hold'em to the Greek tragedies. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. Bruce is the author is currently a professor of management at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. 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 first edition of 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


"Mintzberg is one of the best guides for an analysis of strategy and this book is the perfect starting point for someone interested in understanding more about it." - Director Magazine, January 2009 (readership 173,000)

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