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Theory and Practice

Third Edition
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June 2020 | 618 pages | SAGE Texts

Provides a fresh perspective on organizational strategy through a discursive and interactive approach.

The third edition of this well-accepted textbook features key theoretic tenets and emphasizes the practices of strategy. It encourages the reader to be open to a wider set of ideas and to adopt a cooler attitude towards the affordances of the digital world.  The key areas of strategy take a critical stance in this new edition, which also include the areas that are less evident in conventional strategy texts such as not-for-profit organizations, process theories, globalization, organizational politics, decision-making as well as the future of strategy.

Key Features:

• Coherent and engaging overview of the established classics of strategy

• Innovative approach to contemporary issues such as power and politics, ethics, branding, globalization, collaboration and the global financial crisis

• Critical perspective that encourages readers to reflect on the strategy process and strategic decision-making

• Learning features, including a wealth of international case studies and accompanying discussion questions

• Robust companion website offering  instructors’ manual, teaching slides, test bank, full-text journal articles, videos and web links

Features of the Book
Strategy: Theory and Practice —An Introduction
Strategy, Competitive Forces and Positioning
Strategy, Resources and Capabilities
Strategy and Innovation
Strategy: Make or Buy?
Strategy and Alliances
Strategy: Going Global
Strategy and Corporate Governance
Strategy Processes
Strategy Practice
Strategy and Organizational Politics
Strategy and Strategic Change
Strategy Reconsidered


  • NEW more spacious text design with greater use of colour
  • NEW section on Entrepreneurship and MNEs in Chapter 7
  • Better signposting and linking between chapters
  • More Extend Your Knowledge boxes, Go Online boxes and definitions
  • Readability and accessibility improved throughout
  • Improved PPTs
  • More MCQs
  • NEW SAGE Business Cases – link to ten SAGE Business Cases with teaching notes
  • Stewart R. Clegg

    Stewart Clegg is Professor in the School of Project Management and the John Grill Institute for leadership at the University of Sydney as well as an Emeritus Professor of Management and Organization Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway; University of Johannesburg, South Africa and Universidade Nova School of Business and Economics. He has published widely in the management, organizations and politics literatures in many of the leading journals. Widely acknowledged as one of the most significant contemporary theorists of power relations he is also one of the... More About Author

    Jochen Schweitzer

    Jochen Schweitzer is an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Trained as both an engineer and a social scientist, his research on issues of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation with a particular interest in design thinking and emerging technologies. Jochen also serves as the Faculty Director of UTS’s Executive MBA and Bachelor in Entrepreneurship (Honours) programs. He was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) School of Design Thinking at Potsdam University. Jochen is a winner of the Strategic Management Societies’ Best Paper Award, and he received Honourable Mention by... More About Author

    Andrea Whittle

    Andrea Whittle is Professor of Management at Newcastle University Business School. Andrea’s academic interest in strategy started without any plan or intention, like many strategies also emerge. First, in her doctoral research, she became fascinated with the social, political, material and discursive practices through which the group of management consultants she was studying sought to influence the strategic direction of the firm. Since then, she has conducted research on strategic change in a number of organizational settings as well as studying how the strategies of firms are scrutinized by the media and politicians. The common theme in... More About Author

    Christos Pitelis

    Christos Pitelis is Head of Department of International Business, Professor of International Business and Sustainable Competitiveness, University of Leeds and Life Fellow, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.  He is co-editor of the Cambridge Journal of Economics, a member of the Cambridge Political Economy Society and the literary executor of the collected papers of Edith Penrose. He has also coordinated projects, taught, consulted, trained, and designed policies for international organizations, national governments and regions, NGOs and businesses. He was International Expect of the European Commission Networking for Innovation... More About Author

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    ISBN: 9789353883447