Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future

Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future

Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future

Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future

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The leading companies of the past twenty years have all harnessed the power of information to gain competitive advantage. But as access to big data becomes ubiquitous, it can no longer guarantee a leg up. Fast/Forward makes the case that we are entering a new era in which firms that understand the limits of 1s and 0s will take the lead.

Whereas the industrial age saw the rise of bureaucracy, and the information age has been described as a meritocracy, we are witnessing the rise of adhocracy. In uncertain, rapidly-changing times, adhocracic organizations scan the horizon for winning opportunities. Then, instead of questing after more analysis, they respond with agility by making smart, intuitive decisions. Combining decisive action with emotional conviction, future-facing firms seize the day.

Fast/Forward paints the big picture of a new approach to strategy and provides the necessary playbook to make your company fit for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804799539
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. An acclaimed expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, and renewal in large corporations, he is the author of twelve books. His research and commentary have been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Jonas Ridderstråle is a renowned business thinker and speaker. Jonas' diverse client list includes Fortune 500 companies, major government bodies, sports teams, and trade unions. A Visiting Professor at Ashridge Business School, he is the author of four books: Funky Business (2000), Karaoke Capitalism (2004), Funky Business Forever (2007), and Re-energizing the Corporation (2008).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Staying Ahead of the Curve 1

2 The Paradoxes of Progress 21

3 Models of Management 48

4 The Action Imperative in Strategy 71

5 Linking Strategy Back to Purpose 93

6 Opportunity-Focused Coordination 116

7 The Overachieving Organization 141

8 Ambidextrous Leadership for an Agile World 163

9 Becoming an Unreasonable Manager 186

Notes 205

Index 219

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