FT Guide to Strategy How to create, pursue and deliver a winning strategy

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/14/2011
  • Publisher: FT Press
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The most authoritative, easiest-to-use business strategy guide--now fully updated with the latest strategic models, tools, and techniques! The complete strategy resource for corporate and business unit leaders. Fully revised for today's economic challenges. Walks through creating, delivering, understanding, and executing on strategy. Explains which questions to ask, where to find answers, and how to act on them. A-Z reference sections cover key thinkers, tools, techniques, and models. In the Fourth Edition of this easy-to-read and logically-structured guide, Richard Koch leads readers through every critical step in creating, delivering, and understanding successful strategy. Ideal for executives and strategists at both the corporate and business unit level, this book guides readers in asking the right questions, finding the answers, and translating those answers into action. This edition has been thoroughly updated throughout, reflecting the latest best practices and today's challenging economic realities. Its separate A-Z reference sections provide authoritative, fully up-to-date introductions to today's most important strategic thinkers, tools, techniques, and models.

Author Biography

Richard Koch is the author of 15 highly acclaimed books, including the best-selling 80/20 trilogy --- The 80/20 Principle (over 700,000 copies sold), The 80/20 Individual, and most recently Living the 80/20 Way. As well as lecturing and broadcasting, he is an extremely successful entrepreneur and investor. His ventures have included Filofax, Belgo, Plymouth Gin, Capstone, and Betfair, the world’s largest betting exchange. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and at Oxford University. His investment successes have propelled him well into The Sunday Times Rich List.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Preface to the fourth editionp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The use and abuse of strategyp. 3
A brief history of strategyp. 7
Swings in strategic thinking: seven phasesp. 11
What's new and useful in strategy?p. 15
Towards a synthesisp. 23
From quick and dirty strategy to nearly perfect strategyp. 25
Business Unit Strategy A do-it-yourself guidep. 27
Overviewp. 29
What businesses are you in?p. 31
Where do you make the money?p. 43
How good are your competititve positions?p. 47
What skills and capabilities underpin your success?p. 61
Is this a good industry to be in?p. 65
What do the customers think?p. 71
What about the competitors?p. 77
How do you raise profits quickly?p. 81
How do you build long term value?p. 87
Conclusionp. 97
Additional note on the theory of Business Unit Strategyp. 99
Corporate Strategyp. 105
The joy of Corporate Strategyp. 107
An ecological view of Corporate Strategyp. 111
Five dimensions of Corporate Strategyp. 119
The strange power of the 35 word strategyp. 147
Conclusionp. 151
Strategic Thinkersp. 153
Strategic Ideas - Concepts, Tools and Techniquesp. 209
Notesp. 364
Indexp. 369
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