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Strategy Safari

Strategy Safari

A Guided Tour Through The Wilds of Strategic Mangament

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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, author of the award-winning The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, 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 result is a tour de force: a brilliant, penetrating primer on business strategy that is, at the same time, immensely readable and fun. 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.
Unique, insightful, and essential, Strategy Safari is the indispensable guide for the creative manager.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684831732 | 
  • February 2001
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Chapter One: "AND OVER HERE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: THE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT BEAST"

THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)

It was six men of Indostan

To learning much inclined,

Who went to see the Elephant

(Though all of them were blind)

That each by observation

Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant,

And happening to fall

Against his broad and sturdy side,

At once began to brawl:

"God bless me but the Elephant

Is very like a wall."

The Second, feeling of the tusk,

Cried, "Ho! What have... see more

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Group Questions
1. What is "strategy"? What are some possible different definitions/interpretations of the word? What do you think might be the key influences that have shaped your personal definition/understanding of strategy? (Chapter 1, pages 9-15)
2. Strategy Safari has identified 10 different schools of thought on strategy formation (the Design, Planning, Positioning, Entrepreneurial, Cognitive, Learning, Power, Cultural, Environmental, and Configurational Schools). Each school looks at strategy in different ways and provides different insights on the construct. Can you develop one word and one sentence definitions of strategy in accordance with each of these ten schools of thought? (page 5 and rest of the book)
3. Why has the Design School and the basic SWOT model been so long lasting and resilient? In what ways has the Design School influenced the other schools of thought identified in Strategy Safari? (pages 42-45)
4. In what ways do the "descriptive schools" of strategic management (the Entrepreneurial, Cognitive, Learning, Power, Cultural, Environmental, and Configurational Schools) have more to offer the practitioner than the "prescriptive schools (Design, Planning, and Positioning Schools)? (See Context and Contribution section of each chapter)
5. What are some limitations/problems with highly formalized strategic planning? (pages 63-67)
6. Why is it better to "learn" than to "plan"? (pages 176-321)
7. Wh see more

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