You are here


Theory and Practice

Second Edition
Experience with SAGE edge

December 2016 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Get 12 months FREE access to an interactive eBook when purchasing the paperback*

Updated to bring the material in line with the topical and contemporary ideas and debates on or about strategy and catering to students and their diverse learning styles, the second edition is an easy to use tool allowing students to switch from web resources to the print text and back again, opening windows on the world of strategy through cases that are vibrant and engaged, digital links that allow them to explore topics in more detail and video and other media that encourage relating theory to practice.

Providing a fresh perspective on strategy from an organizational perspective through a discursive approach featuring key theoretic tenets, this text is also pragmatic and emphasizes the practices of strategy to encourage the reader to be open to a wider set of ideas, with a little more relevance, and with a cooler attitude towards the affordances of the digital world and the possibilities for strategy’s futures.

The key areas of Strategy take a critical stance in the new edition, and also include areas less evident in conventional strategy texts such as not-for-profit organizations, process theories, globalization, organizational politics and decision-making as well as the futures of strategy.

The new edition comes packed with features that encourage readers to engage and relate theory to practice and is complemented by a free Interactive e-book* featuring videos, cases and other relevant links, allowing access on the go and encouraging learning and retention whatever the reading or learning style. 

Suitable as core reading for undergraduate and postgraduate business management students of strategy and strategic management.

*Interactivity only available through Vitalsource eBook included as part of paperback product (ISBN 9781473938458).
Access not guaranteed on second-hand copies (as access code may have previously been redeemed).

Chapter 1: Strategy: Theory & Practice – An Introduction
Chapter 2: Strategy, Competitive Forces and Positioning
Chapter 3: Strategy, Resources and Capabilities
Chapter 4: Strategy and Innovation
Chapter 5: Strategy: Make or Buy?
Chapter 6: Strategy and Alliances
Chapter 7: Strategy: Going Global
Chapter 8: Strategy and Corporate Governance
Chapter 9: Strategy as Process
Chapter 10: Strategy as Practice
Chapter 11: Strategy and Organizational Politics
Chapter 12: Strategy and Strategic Change
Chapter 13: The Futures of Strategic Management


Companion Website
Instructor Resources
·         Instructor manual
·         PowerPoint slides per chapter
·         Essay Questions and short answer questions
·         Test bank: SAQ / MCQ / exam questions

Student Resources
·         Glossary flip-cards
·         Learning objectives
·         Online readings
·         Journals
·         Student quizzes / MCQs
·         Study plan
·         Useful web links
·         Videos

I love that this book reflects what students want. It is very readable and approachable, and makes complex topics simple to understand.

Emma Wilson, final year Business and Management student
Aston University

'We chose Strategy: Theory and Practice because it offers a ‘softer’, more sociological approach to strategy and addresses the issue of corporate scandals in a holistic approach when it comes to decision making'

Konstantinos Pitsakis
Lecturer in Strategic Management, Kingston University

Unravels the neatness of traditional economics-based views of strategy and replaces them with much needed social, political and organizational lenses. The authors have produced a refreshing book which rightly establishes organization theory at the centre of strategic analysis and practice.

David C. Wilson
Professor of Strategy and Organisation, Warwick Business School

The authors have produced a text that offers a critical overview of strategy in a global context that illuminates the flows of value, not merely over-emphasizing the economic dimension but linking to sociological and bio-medical issues, throughout the world in the context of the enframing social processes that structure and maintain them. Its style is accessible and its detail is authoritative, current and precise so students, professors and general readers will enjoy it. For many university and business school courses it will quickly become the preferred introduction.

David Weir
Professor of Intercultural Management, Liverpool St Johns University

A timely book, impressive in its scope, authoritative in its analysis, and wonderfully written. An extremely enjoyable intellectual journey into many of the intricate aspects of strategy. A must read for all serious students of strategy.

Mahmoud Ezzamel
Cardiff Professorial Fellow, Cardiff Business School

This is an excellent textbook that manages to translate the latest strategy knowledge into a form and language that is accessible to students and practitioners alike. A refreshing alternative to the traditional, economics-based strategy textbook!

Professor David Seidl
Chair of Organization & Management, University of Zurich, Switzerland

This is an accessible and wide-ranging text that makes good use of examples. I particularly like the last chapter on the 'Futures of Strategic Management' which provides a useful bridge from established theories to today's context.

Miss Jan Wilcox
Essex Business School - Colchester campus, Essex University
November 9, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7 - Going Global: Convergence, Divergence and Hybridization

Preview this book

Stewart R. Clegg

Stewart Clegg is a prolific publisher of several hundred articles in leading academic journals in strategy, social science, management and organization theory; is also the author and editor of about fifty books, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the recipient of significant awards from the American Academy of Management for his contributions to management theory and practice. More About Author

Jochen Schweitzer

Jochen Schweitzer is Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Director of the MBA in Entrepreneurship at the University of Technology Sydney Business School. He is Research Stream Leader for Strategy and Creativity at the Centre for Management and Organisation Studies (CMOS) and Founder/Director of U.lab, a multidisciplinary innovation hub. Previously he has worked as a Design Thinking Coach, Management Consultant, Production-Planning Engineer and Cultural Program Coordinator. He is a winner of the Strategic Management Societies' Best PhD Paper Award and he was awarded Honourable Mention by the Academy of Management Business Policy and... More About Author

Andrea Whittle

Andrea Whittle is Professor of Management at Newcastle University Business School and previously Head of the Strategy, Organization and Society Research Group. Before joining Newcastle University in 2013, Andrea held a Chair in Organization Studies at Cardiff University. Andrea started her academic career in Natural Science, then did a PhD in Sociology in the field of Science and Technology Studies and since then has taught Management in Business Schools. Andrea’s interest in strategy started without plan or design – much like many strategies themselves emerge. While doing an ethnography of a group of management consultants for her... More About Author

Christos Pitelis

Christos Pitelis is Head of Brunel Business School and Professor of Strategy and Sustainable Competitiveness. He co-founded and directed for twenty years the Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM) at the University of Cambridge, where he is a Life Fellow of Queens’ College, and the University of Bath, where he was also a Professor of Sustainable Global Business. He has held visiting appointments among others at the University of California Berkeley; Copenhagen Business School; University of St Petersburg and University of Technology Sydney.  More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781446298282