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Pragmatic Strategy: Eastern Wisdom, Global Success

Pragmatic Strategy: Eastern Wisdom, Global Success

by Ikujiro Nonaka, Zhichang Zhu


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Pragmatism is enjoying a renaissance in management studies and the social sciences. Once written off as amoral, relativist and opposed to the ideals of Truth, Reason and Progress, it is now regaining influence in public policy, international relations and business strategy. But what can pragmatism teach us about strategy? How can pragmatic strategies help businesses to succeed? This innovative book presents a pragmatic framework for shaping and solving strategic problems in a practical, creative, ethical and finely balanced manner. To achieve this, the authors draw from Confucian teaching, American pragmatism and Aristotelian practical wisdom, as well as business cases across industries and nations, particularly from emerging economies. With significant theoretical depth, direct practical implication and profound cultural sensitivity, the book is useful for executive managers, public administrators, strategy researchers and advanced students in the search for pragmatic strategies in an interconnected, fast-moving world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521173148
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/24/2012
Pages: 540
Sales rank: 922,037
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ikujiro Nonaka is Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University, Xerox Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of California, Berkeley and also First Distinguished Drucker Scholar in Residence at the Drucker School and Institute, Claremont Graduate University. He received his BA (Political Science) from Waseda University, MBA and PhD (Business Administration) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Zhichang Zhu is currently a Reader in Strategy and Management, teaching Strategy for the MBA programme at the University of Hull Business School. He has held positions as the director of the PhD Program, a visiting research professor in Knowledge Management at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, a visiting research professor in Strategy and Management at South China Normal University, a visiting research professor in International Business Management at International East-West University (Honolulu and Los Angeles), a visiting lecturing professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Friedrich Schiller University (Jena, Germany) and East-West Knowledge Leaders Program, Japan-America Institute of Management Science (Hawaii, USA), an external examiner for PhD theses for the Cape Town University (South Africa) and Swinburne University of Technology (Australia).

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of cited classics; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Why Pragmatism, Why Now?: 1. Introduction; 2. Spirits of pragmatism; Part II. What Do Pragmatic Strategies Look Like?: 3. Strategies in a pragmatic world; 4. Strategy as purposeful emergence; Part III. What to Do, How to Do It?: 5. Dealing with wuli-shili-renli; 6. Timely balanced way-making; 7. Orchestrating WSR, orchestrating the firm; Part IV. Think When We Learn: 8. Questioning the conventional paradigm; 9. Pragmatism East and West; Notes; References; Index.

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daryl1303 More than 1 year ago
Nonaka is a master in knowledge management, business thinking. A must read.