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Great book by someone who is serious about the subject. It covers most of ground and guides the reader through different approaches showing them their pros and cons. The author eloquently combines theory with current real world examples and practice using a clearly written, logical and comprehensive approach. The price was very suitable and the book was in a good condition. I always recommend purchasing online it could cut the cost of the book in half.

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Considered by many to be the best textbook on Strategy, Contemporary Strategy Analysis 7th edition builds on the strengths of previous editions by introducing students to the core concepts and principles of strategy. Rob Grant eloquently combines theory with current real world examples and practice using a clearly written, logical and comprehensive approach.

Updates for the 7th Edition:

-An improved focus on strategy implementation, including additional content.

-Case material substantially enhanced including new cases form a variety of industries.

-More use of Strategy Capsules in every chapter that give more detailed examples of each strategy being implemented by a real company and the impacts the strategy has on their operation.

-Several of the longer chapters shortened or split into two to further improve readability.

Contemporary Strategy Analysis 7th edition is suitable for both MBA and advanced undergraduate students.

Full teachings notes to the cases are now available at the companion website

Contemporary Strategy Analysis 7th Edition is also available in a combined text and cases version

ISBN: 9780470747094

"The new edition of Grant's extraordinarily well-written textbook has the same accessible style as prior editions. This comprehensive textbook makes complicated material understandable and clear. The many new capsule examples of recent business events as well as text material based on new research keep the book completely up-to-date. The book also contains revisions of core materials for even greater clarity. Students rave about this book." Constance Helfat, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Table of Contents

The Concept of Strategy
Introduction and Objectives
The Role of Strategy in Success
The Basic Framework for Strategy Analysis
A Brief History of Business Strategy
Strategic Management Today
The Role of Analysis in Strategy Formulation
Self-Study Questions
The Tools of Strategy Analysis
Goals, Values and Performance
Introduction and Objectives
Strategy as a Quest for Value
Strategy and Real Options
Putting Performance Analysis into Practice
Beyond Profit: Values and Social Responsibility
Self-Study Questions
Industry Analysis: The Fundamentals
Introduction and Objectives
From Environmental Analysis to Industry Analysis
The Determinants of Industry Profit: Demand and Competition
Analyzing Industry Attractiveness
Applying Industry Analysis
Defining Industries: Where to Draw the Boundaries
From Industry Attractiveness to Competitive Advantage:
Identifying Key Success Factors
Self-Study Questions
Further Topics in Industry and Competitive Analysis
Introduction and Objectives
Extending the Five Forces Framework
The Contribution of Game Theory
Competitor Analysis
Segmentation Analysis
Strategic Groups
Self-Study Questions
Analyzing Resources and Capabilities
Introduction and Objectives
The Role of Resources and Capabilities in Strategy Formulation
The Resources of the Firm
Organizational Capabilities
Appraising Resources and Capabilities
Putting Resource and Capability Analysis to Work: A Practical Guide
Self-Study Questions
Developing Resources and Capabilities
Introduction and Objectives
Developing Resources
The Challenge of Capability Development
Approaches to Capability Development
Knowledge Management and the Knowledge-based View
Designing Knowledge Management Systems
Self-Study Questions
Organization Structure and Management Systems: The Fundamentals of Strategy Implementation
Introduction and Objectives
The Evolution of the Corporation
The Organizational Problem: Reconciling Specialization
with Coordination and Cooperation
Hierarchy in Organizational Design
Applying the Principles of Organizational Design
Organizing on the Basis of Coordination Intensity
Alternative Structural Forms
Management Systems for Coordination and Control
Self-Study Questions
The Analysis of Competitive Advantage
The Nature and Sources of Competitive Advantage
Introduction and Objectives
The Emergence of Competitive Advantage
Sustaining Competitive Advantage
Competitive Advantage in Different Market Settings
Types of Competitive Advantage: Cost and Differentiation
Self-Study Questions
Cost Advantage
Introduction and Objectives
Strategy and Cost Advantage
The Sources of Cost Advantage
Using the Value Chain to Analyze Costs
Self-Study Questions
Differentiation Advantage
Introduction and Objectives
The Nature of Differentiation and Differentiation Advantage
Analyzing Differentiation: The Demand Side
Analyzing Differentiation: The Supply Side
Bringing It All Together: The Value Chain in Differentiation Analysis
Self-Study Questions
Business Strategies In Different
Industry Contexts
Industry Evolution and Strategic Change
Introduction and Objectives
The Industry Life Cycle
Structure, Competition and Success Factors over the Life Cycle
Organizational Adaptation and Change
Self-Study Questions
Technology-based Industries and the Management of Innovation
Introduction and Objectives
Competitive Advantage in Technology-intensive Industries
Strategies to Exploit Innovation: How and When to Enter
Competing for Standards
Implementing Technology Strategies: Creating the Conditions
for Innovation
Self-Study Questions
Competitive Advantage in Mature Industries
Introduction and Objectives
Competitive Advantage in Mature Industries
Strategy Implementation in Mature Industries: Structure,
Systems and Style
Strategies for Declining Industries
Self-Study Questions
Corporate Strategy
Vertical Integration and the Scope of the Firm
Introduction and Objectives
Transaction Costs and the Scope of the Firm
The Costs and Benefits of Vertical Integration
Designing Vertical Relationships
Self-Study Questions
Global Strategies and the Multinational Corporation
Introduction and Objectives
Implications of International Competition for Industry Analysis
Analyzing Competitive Advantage in an International Context
Applying the Framework: International Location of Production
Applying the Framework: Foreign Entry Strategies
Multinational Strategies: Global Integration versus
National Differentiation
Strategy and Organization within the Multinational Corporation
Self-Study Questions
Diversification Strategy
Introduction and Objectives
Trends in Diversification over Time
Motives for Diversification
Competitive Advantage from Diversification
Diversification and Performance
Self-Study Questions
Appendix: Does Diversification Confer Market Power?
Implementing Corporate Strategy: Management of the Multibusiness Firm
Introduction and Objectives
Governance and the Structure of the Multibusiness Corporation
The Role of Corporate Management
Managing the Corporate Portfolio
Managing Individual Businesses
Managing Linkages between Businesses
Managing Change in the Multibusiness Corporation
External Strategy: Mergers and Acquisitions
Self-Study Questions
Current Trends in Strategic Management
The New External Environment of Business
Managing in an Economic Crisis
New Directions in Strategic Thinking
Redesigning the Organization
New Modes of Leadership
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