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© 2013 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

*Shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year*

Practicing Strategy is a groundbreaking new textbook focusing on the strategy-as-practice approach, which considers strategy not only as something an organisation has but something which its members do.

Practicing Strategy is a groundbreaking new textbook focusing on the strategy-as-practice approach, which considers strategy not only as something an organisation has but something which its members do. is a groundbreaking new textbook focusing on the strategy-as-practice approach, which considers strategy not only as something an organisation has but something which its members do.

By bringing together a number of distinctive investigations of strategy practice, this book will enrich your understanding of the dynamic process through which organizational strategies are created and executed.

Key features:

  • The first textbook to be based on insights from the strategy-as-practice perspective, making it an ideal core text for related modules
  • Packed with real-life mini case studies and a final section containing longer cases from Apple, Centrica, Marconi, Lafarge and Wikimedia, relating theory to practice
  • Chapters include learning objectives, summaries, discussion questions and further readings and a Companion Website contains additional online readings, to consolidate your learning and encourage in-depth analysis.

Practicing strategy is an invaluable text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of advanced strategy modules.


Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here

Visit the Companion Website at 
www.sagepub.co.uk/paroutis  

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
Practicing Strategy: Foundations and Importance
 
PART TWO: STRATEGY PRACTITIONERS
 
Chief Strategy Officers (CSOs)
 
Strategy Teams
 
Strategy Consultants
 
PART THREE: INFLUENCING STRATEGY PRACTICE
 
Influencing Strategy through Discourse
 
Strategy Meaning in Action
 
PART FOUR: PRACTICING STRATEGY IN CONTEXT
 
Practicing Strategy in Mergers and Aquisitions
 
Practicing Strategy in Complex Firms
 
PART FIVE: CASE STUDIES
 
Apple
 
Centrica
 
Marconi
 
Lafarge v. Blue Circle
 
Wikimedia

' A very interesting, absorbing and well-considered book that explores a subject often overlooked: that strategy must be executed and thus evolves in practice.'

Nigel Girling, CMI Management Book of the Year Category Judge

'This book makes an important contribution by adopting a new stance of strategy as practice. It has a good mix of theory and practice and an excellent range of case studies.'

Professor Darren Calcher, CMI Management Book of the Year Category Judge

'This is a first: an academically rigorous textbook on the practicalities of strategizing. It will be a vital resource to all teachers and students interested in Strategy-as-Practice'
Richard Wittington, Professor of Strategy and Millmann Fellow
University of Oxford


'Over the last decade, Strategy-as-Practice has emerged as a distinctive approach to studying strategy. By treating strategy as something that people do rather than something that firms in their markets have, it has revolutionized our understanding of this important area of management. With this textbook we now have an important resource that will help teaching this approach in the classroom. The book provides a step-by-step introduction to Strategy-as-Practice, a discussion of its main components and several exciting case studies. I am sure that both students and teachers will find the book of great value'

Professor David Seidl
Chair of Organization and Management, University of Zurich


'This is an outstanding strategy text that takes strategists and their work seriously. Students, practitioners and scholars who seek to understand the micro-levels of strategy including practitioners, practices and praxis will find this an invaluable reading'
Patrick Regnér
Associate Professor, Stockholm School of Economics


'This book is a welcome addition to the field of Strategic management. The case studies are original and really help to render the Strategy as Practice perspective accessible to practitioners and students alike'
Veronique Ambrosini
Professor of Management, Monash University, Australia


'The authors of this book have distilled the core messages of strategy-as-practice into a series of easy-to-read and easy-to-apply chapters. It has done well to retain sufficient sophistication for an academic audience, drawing on recent studies and explaining theoretical ideas, while also ensuring accessibility by presenting them in a format that is comprehensible for practitioners and students without prior knowledge in this area'

Jane Lê
University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney

A new breed of strategy textbook is emerging which takes a more philosophical, sociological and practice-based approach. This is very refreshing.

Mr Alistair Bowden
Business School, University of Teesside
July 1, 2015

A very good book for extra case studies. Used in tutorials, etc.

Dr James Cunningham
Management, Robert Gordon University
May 5, 2015

a very useful and relevant book. would like to see more comprehensive case studies

Professor Herbert Paul
Business Administration, Mainz University of Applied Sciences
May 30, 2014

Very useful for some parts of the program used in class, especificaly practical applications.

Professor Fernando Munoz-Bullon
Business Management Division, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
March 20, 2014

Great, simple and practical book that is definitely essential for level 3 Undergraduate and postgraduate students. Excellent for seminar sessions

Dr Windfred Mfuh
Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, Coventry University
March 10, 2014

This is an excellent book on the themes of strategy as practice: strategic actors, their activities and their methods and tools. Very clear and pedagogic in the theoretical parts, and very good case studies. Highly recommended.

Professor Manuel Graca
Faculdade De Economia, University of Porto
February 27, 2014

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Sotirios Paroutis

Sotirios Paroutis is Professor of Strategic Management and Head of the Strategy and International Business Group at the Warwick Business School. His research interests lie at the intersections of strategy practices and processes in complex organizational settings in the UK and globally. He uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the discursive, cognitive and visual activities organizational actors employ when dealing with strategic tensions.  More About Author

Loizos Heracleous

Loizos Heracleous is a professor of strategy and organization at Warwick Business School. He earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a higher doctorate for lifetime contributions to his field from the University of Warwick. His research has been published in over 70 articles and nine books. His areas of interest include organizational change and development, organizational discourse, and corporate governance. More About Author

Duncan Angwin

Duncan Angwin is the Sir Roland Smith Professor in Strategic Management at Lancaster University. He earned his PhD from the University of Warwick. He researches strategic practices in M&A and has recently completed a major EU-funded research project on European M&A. He holds a major research award at Said Business School, Oxford University, to study M&A communications practices. Duncan sits on the Advisory Boards of the M&A research centre, Cass Business School and a Grand Ecole business school, Paris and is senior judge for the Management Consulting Association. Duncan has published eight books and fifty journal... More About Author

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