From Learning to Think Strategically

In This Part

Chapter 1: Chronology of Strategy
Chapter 2: Contemporary Competing Views of Strategy Two Sides Face Off
Chapter 3: Implications of Strategic History for Strategic Learning

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

Sun-tzu (4th century A.D.) Chinese military strategist


Developing organizational capability for strategic thinking can be one of the most significant contributions executives and managers can make to organizational performance. By developing a pipeline of strategic thinkers within the organization, companies can truly begin to realize human capital as a strategic asset and build sustainable organizational strategic capability.

Prior to discussing the learning aspect of strategic thinking, we will pause briefly to recollect notions of strategy from our past. Although this book focuses on the learning aspect of thinking strategically, this preliminary overview of strategy is provided in order to familiarize readers with an historical backdrop against which Western strategy evolved. The learning dimension of strategic thinking is vital to address because learning is generative in nature and it enables us to be adaptive and innovative. In turn, this leads to organizational sustainability and, ultimately, has the potential of creating winning strategies.

Part I frames organizational strategy within a historical context, focusing on a learning perspective. Curiously, we ll see that everything old is new again or at least current trends in organizational strategy thinking are not incompatible with strategy concepts of ancient Western...

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Topics of Interest

In This Part Chapter 4: Informal and Formal Defined Chapter 5: Formal Learning Refuted Chapter 6: Context and Transfer as Factors in the Strategic Thinking Process We receive three educations, One...

In This Part Chapter 21: The Role of Culture in Strategic Thinking Chapter 22: The Challenge of Introducing Strategic Thinking Across Cultures What kind of bird are you, if you can t fly? chirped the...

In This Part Chapter 23: The Five Critical Attributes Chapter 24: Interplay of the Five Attributes Chapter 25: Adaptation as a Strategic Expectation A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of...

Overview Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act. Jack Welch Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate...

Overview This part does not include a list of how-to exercises and activities. Rather, I am recommending things that work for clients in my consulting practice to support the long-term sustainable...