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Strategy for Business
A Reader

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December 2001 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This excellent volume brings together some of the most influential readings in business strategy and explores the content and process of business strategy from a variety of different theoretical stances. It will serve as a comprehensive introduction to the literature and will become required reading for students of economics, organisational behavior and business' - Costas Markides, London Business School

Strategy for Business provides a comprehensive selection of essential readings, covering six key areas in business strategy:

§ What is Strategy?

§ Competition and Industry Effects

§ Resources, Capabilities and Core Competencies

§ Strategic Innovation and Firm Size

§ Organisational Structures, Learning and Knowledge Management

§ the Global Information Economy

It contains dynamic chapters on strategy and includes classics in the field of strategy which continue to provide the theoretical background of more recent innovative work. Strategy for Business will be essential reading for those seeking an understanding of the changing nature of organizations and the world of business. It is particularly intended for students taking courses in strategy, organizational change and more general management courses at undergraduate level; it will also be an excellent resource for masters and postgraduate students.

This text is a course Reader, in a series of three (alongside Decision Making for Business, and Policy Issues for Business), which make up the main teaching texts of The Open University undergraduate course Business Behaviour in a Changing World (B300).

 
SECTION ONE: DIFFERENT VIEWS OF STRATEGY
Michael E Porter
What Is Strategy?
Richard Whittington
Theories of Strategy
Henry Mintzberg and James A Waters
Of Strategies, Deliberate and Emergent
 
SECTION TWO: INDUSTRY EFFECTS
Robert M Grant
Analyzing the Industry Environment
Robert M Grant
Industry Evolution
Charles Baden-Fuller and John Stopford
The Firm Matters More Than the Industry
 
SECTION THREE: FIRM EFFECTS: RESOURCES, CAPABILITIES AND CORE COMPETENCIES
Edith T Penrose
The Firm as an Administrative Organization
Jay B Barney
Looking Inside for Competitive Advantages
David J Teece, Gary Pisano and Amy Shuen
Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management
 
SECTION FOUR: STRATEGIC INNOVATION AND FIRM SIZE
William J Abernathy and Kenneth Wayne
Limits to the Learning Curve
Rebecca M Henderson and Kim B Clark
Architectural Innovation
The Reconfiguration of Existing Product Technologies and the Failure of Established Firms  
Constantinos Markides
Strategic Innovation in Established Companies
 
SECTION FIVE: ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURES, LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
David J Teece
The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism
Perspectives on Alfred Chandler's Scale and Scope  
Wesley M Cohen and Daniel A Levinthal
Absorptive Capacity
A New Perspective on Learning and Innovation  
Ysanne Carlisle
Strategic Thinking and Knowledge Management
 
SECTION SIX: CHANGING CONTEXTS: THE GLOBAL INFORMATION ECONOMY
Sumantra Ghoshal
Global Strategy
An Organizing Framework  
W Brian Arthur
Increasing Returns and the New World of Business
George S Yip
Global Strategy in the Twenty-First Century

'This excellent volume brings together some of the most influential readings in business strategy and explores the content and process of business strategy from a variety of different theoretical stances. It will serve as a comprehensive introduction to the literature and will become required reading for students of economics, organisational behavior and business' - Costas Markides, London Business School


Students thought that this book was easy to follow and understand

Dr Scott Foster
Department of HRM, Liverpool John Moores University
November 10, 2013

Interesting reader suitable as complement to main marketing literatre

Mr Florian Dieterle
Marketing Management, Hochschule fuer Unternehmensfuehrung
July 4, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of Chapter 1

PDF file of the Introduction


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