Open Strategy: Mastering Disruption from Outside the C-Suite

Open Strategy: Mastering Disruption from Outside the C-Suite

Open Strategy: Mastering Disruption from Outside the C-Suite

Open Strategy: Mastering Disruption from Outside the C-Suite


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How smart companies are opening up strategic initiatives to involve front-line employees, experts, suppliers, customers, entrepreneurs, and even competitors.

Why are some of the world’s most successful companies able to stay ahead of disruption, adopting and implementing innovative strategies, while others struggle? It’s not because they hire a new CEO or expensive consultants but rather because these pioneering companies have adopted a new way of strategizing. Instead of keeping strategic deliberations within the C-Suite, they open up strategic initiatives to a diverse group of stakeholders—front-line employees, experts, suppliers, customers, entrepreneurs, and even competitors. Open Strategy presents a new philosophy, key tools, step-by-step advice, and fascinating case studies—from companies that range from Barclays to Adidas—to guide business leaders in this groundbreaking approach to strategy.
The authors—business-strategy experts from both academia and management consulting—introduce tools for each of the three stages of strategy-making: idea generation, plan formulation, and implementation. These are digital tools (including strategy contests), which allow the widest participation; hybrid digital/in-person tools (including a “nightmare competitor challenge”); a workshop tool that gamifies the business model development process; and tools that help companies implement and sustain open strategy efforts.
Open strategy has an astonishing track record: a survey of 200 business leaders shows that although open-strategy techniques were deployed for only 30 percent of their initiatives, those same initiatives generated 50 percent of their revenues and profits. This book offers a roadmap for this kind of success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262046114
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Series: Management on the Cutting Edge
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christian Stadler is Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School at Warwick University. Julia Hautz is Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Innsbruck. Kurt Matzler is Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Innsbruck, Academic Director of the Executive MBA program at MCI in Innsbruck, and Partner at the international management consulting firm IMP. Stephan Friedrich von den Eichen is Managing Partner at IMP and Professor of Business Model Innovation at the University of Bremen.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary Hamel ix
Series Foreword xvii
Introduction: Win with Open Strategy xix
1 Traditional Strategy Come Undone 1
2 Are You Truly Ready to Open Up? 21
3 Design Your Open Strategy Process 41
4 Tweak Your Open Strategy Initiative to Allow for Secrecy 59
5 Harness the Wisdom of Crowds 75
6 Peer into the Future 97
7 Disrupt Yourself before Others Do 121
8 Develop Killer Business Models 145
9 Use the Crowd to Choose Better Strategies 163
10 Execute Better 185
Epilogue 205
Appendix A: Recommended Reading 211
Appendix B: The IMP Story 213
Notes 215
Index 251

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“I have been a champion of open for many years. Open Strategy provides a nice blueprint to unleash the power and impact of openness in your organization—recommended reading for all leaders.”
Jim Whitehurst, President, IBM
“My benchmark for an important, long-lasting book is the number of notes I take while reading. Open Strategy far exceeds my benchmark—I found something important on every page! It turns the existing strategic management paradigm on its head by showing executives the power of openness. An excellent how-to manual.”
Karim R. Lakhani, Dorothy and Michael Hintze Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; coauthor of Competing in the Age of AI
“This book shows how a strategy can be shaped around openness and the importance of the deep self-awareness an organization has to build to take this journey in these turbulent times. Very insightful.”
Francesco Starace, CEO, Enel
“Open strategy is more than an inspiring idea. With this book, leaders now have the practical tools to make it a value-creating reality.”
Richard Whittington, Professor of Strategic Management, University of Oxford

 “If you are running an organization, this is the book you need. Old-style top-down thinking can’t capture the complexity of the present or the uncertainties of the future. This is the first strategy book I’ve read that seems to know what kind of world we are living in today.”
Margaret Heffernan, CEO; author of Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future
“The old rules of business said that strategy was the sole preserve of the boardroom. But strategy is being brought into the light. Open strategy is as game-changing as open innovation.”
Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, Thinkers50

Open Strategy promotes collaboration with people and organizations, a key to success in a highly complex market environment.”
Peter Gerstmann, CEO, Zeppelin
“Digitalization forces companies to reinvent themselves at pace. How do you fully engage your workforce around a radical new strategy? Open Strategy offers a compelling answer: involve them.”
Ian Watson, CEO, Hotter Shoes
Open Strategy is an invitation for executives to experiment, tackle cognitive biases, and ultimately win against competitors. It is very timely, as our world is going through significant shifts in the post-pandemic era and leaders are looking for new ways of conducting business and identifying the strategies for becoming more resilient to future shocks. Unlike many strategy-focused books that leave busy executives with more questions than answers, this book provides a set of practical tools and instructions on how to implement.”
Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

“We applied open strategy. Involving a wide range of internal people as well as external experts was one of my best decisions.”
Andreas Ronken, CEO, Ritter Sport

“A revolutionary new way of doing strategy. Read and explore.”
Richard D’Aveni, Bakala Professor of Strategy, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College; the author of The Pan-Industrial Revolution and Hypercompetition


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