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DATED, DRAGGY, AND JUST MONUMENTALLY USELESS, EVEN IN JAPAN
on April 20, 2004
For one thing, do not expect to learn anything about "Japanese Business", which seemed to have played out well for this title commercially in 1975, when Japan was this mysterious Godzilla across the Pacific.
Nothing, that is, aside from some pithy insights such as: "Actually japanese companies do not really have a strategic planning capability, they usually have one person, or a few persons, who has/have an intuitive pulse of the market."
Intrigued yet? There's more. You'll learn that strategy is the art of thinking on three major vectors: company based, customer based and competitor based. You can enjoy a truckload of charts and jargon. You can savor dated explanations of how American companies organize themselves and the anachronisms about Soviet-style central planning (I can recognize a relic when I see one.)
Guess I bought an expensive paperweight. Do yourself a favor and ignore the drooling reviews this book has garnered as recently as last month. Look instead for names like Porter, Drucker and Mintzberg.