The Subtle Art of Strategy: Organizational Planning in Uncertain Times

The Subtle Art of Strategy: Organizational Planning in Uncertain Times

by Ian Wilson
     
 

Strategy—and the planning that created it—has too often failed to deliver its promised results. The reasons for this failure are many and varied, but include an over-reliance on the next big thing in strategic methodology, a failure to recognize and deal with the total change that strategy requires in an organization, and an inability to deal with

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Strategy—and the planning that created it—has too often failed to deliver its promised results. The reasons for this failure are many and varied, but include an over-reliance on the next big thing in strategic methodology, a failure to recognize and deal with the total change that strategy requires in an organization, and an inability to deal with uncertainty. Wilson argues that strategy is a subtle and demanding art, far more than it is a science or a methodology.

• To succeed in dealing with complex, interacting forces inside and outside the organization, strategy must:

• Deal with the totality of the organization in the context of its total environment (not just one function or one facet of the organization)

• Learn to harness the power of opposites (the sometimes conflicting objectives of the organization, e.g., the long term and short term; vision and execution; economic constraints and social responsibility)

• Deal constructively with pervasive uncertainty in its future

• Develop a strategic vision

• Create a culture that fosters a strategic mindset throughout the organization.

Without constant change and adaptation, a strategy will fail. Continuing success depends, therefore, upon constant learning from customers, competitors, changes in our environment, and our own mistakes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567204353
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.82(d)

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Meet the Author

IAN WILSON is an international management consultant, author, and authority on scenario planning and strategic management. Principal of Wolf Enterprises, a consultancy in San Rafael, California, he started his career in England and later joined General Electric in the United States. At GE, as a member of the strategic planning staff, he established their pioneering Business Environmental Analysis component before becoming a public policy advisor to GE's chief executive officer. Later, as a senior management consultant with SRI International, he worked with senior management teams in a variety of industries.

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