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Theory and Practice

Third Edition (Revised and Updated 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 R. Clegg is retired as an Emeritus Professor of Management and Organization Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. He has published widely in the management, organizations and politics literatures in many of the leading journals. He is a Professor at The University of Stavanger, Norway and at Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal. Widely acknowledged as one of the most significant contemporary theorists of power relations, he is also one of the most influential contributors to organization studies. He writes something every weekday and sometimes on wet weekends, usually with the digital ABC Jazz Radio... More About Author

    Jochen Schweitzer

    Jochen Schweitzer is Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Trained as both an engineer and a social scientist, he concentrates his research on issues of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, with a special interest in design thinking and emerging technologies. Jochen also serves as the founding Faculty Director of UTS’s MBA in Entrepreneurship 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... 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

    Chris Pitelis is Life Fellow, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, co-editor of the Cambridge Journal of Economics and literary executor of the collected papers of Edith Penrose. Chris researches on sustainable international business strategy and governance, national and regional competitiveness. He published over ten books and circa a hundred articles in journals   such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and The Leadership Quarterly. He has served as Dean of College, Head of School, Director of Research and Engagement... More About Author

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    ISBN: 9789353883447