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4.0 out of 5 stars A safari worth taking
An elaboration of concepts that Mintzberg has been writing about for a decade: how different mental models of strategy can be classified. This is NOT a how-to-run-a-company book. This is an intellectual exercise in the taxonomy of schools of thought about strategic management. If you are a strategic planner, read this book for its own sake. It is the antithesis of MBA...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful in a limited sense
Academic stuff made friendly by good writing. It's a survey of the schools of thought in strategy research. IT WILL NOT TELL YOU HOW TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES. It is useful in that it will help you determine the weaknesses inherent in the foundation of a strategy prescription IF you are aware of the foundations employed by the strategy prescriber. Got it?
Published on Sept. 23 1999 by S. McHale


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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, April 2 2000
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This book provides an excellent introduction to the various schools of thought in the field of strategic management. It is more useful to the academician than the professional strategist, but nonetheless accurate, detailed and above all highly critical. A great addition to anyone's business library, and a must for anyone who wishes to take a management strategy course in the comfort of their own home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Key to Decoding Strategic Management, March 3 2000
The first and last chapters are worth the entire price of the book. Mintzberg is a master at revealing the assumptions and inconsistencies of conventional business school training. The explanation of the various "schools" of strategic management theory is more suited to academics or serious strategic management consultants, but provides one of the most concise and logical overviews of this eclectic field. As a PhD student studying business strategy, this book is better than any survey course in the topic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Roots of Strategy Science, Nov. 2 1999
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I am a master student studying Strategic Management. This book was very useful for me, helped me to better understand the ideological postures of varied writers in the strategic management field. With a great detail this book is very attractive for people who know basic principles of the field ( I think this book would seem very complex for beginners ). An illuminating tour to the roots of strategic management ..... Have a good safari......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, Oct. 27 1999
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An excellent overview of the field of strategy. If you arelooking for a 'how to' book, this is probably not the best choice, however if you want to understand the breadth of the discipline and gain perspective this book it worth its weight in $$$.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of few strategy books worth reading, Aug. 30 1999
If you will have to read ONE strategy book in your life, this is it. Excellent overview and introduction to different schools with pros and cons. Sometimes a bit sarcastic, but that only makes it readable. If you're an aspiring MBA student; read this and you'll even find the strategy courses funny and easy. If you're an practitioner; read this and learn how to see through all your quick-fix consultants that shows up with a new strategy model every now and then.
In Short: an extremely useful and interesting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great view on art (not science), March 30 1999
Everyone is looking for the 'right' way to do strategy, and there are scores of academics willing to give it to you. Mintzberg (and team) guide you through all of it, the history, the pros and cons, and how to use it. If you can hold all of these schools of thought in your head at once, you can practice the art because you understand it ... you won't be at the mercy of consultants selling you the 'magic process.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightened and illuminating synthesis of a complex field, Feb. 2 1999
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A concise summary and synthesis of a wildly divergent field, written in a clear straightforward style. The book is punctuated by examples that illustrate the strengths and weakness of each school of strategy and leavened by that rarest of gifts in a book by serious academicians, humor. As a professor and researcher in the strategic uses of information technology, I found that the book sharpened my thinking about how management strategy has evolved. It will enlighten and inform my work for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Offers great insights to the complex nature of Strategy., Nov. 28 1998
In many aspects, the book has adequately potrayed the struggle to define what Strategy is all about. Some would agree that it deals a lot with systematic analysis while others see the emergent process as the dominating factor. But Mintzberg et al has offered a new insight. That Strategy is something else. Something that is beyond what the present schools of thought holds true. The premises that were laid down illustrates both the strengths and weakness of those ideas and breaks down all the argument as to which school has it right. And among all the literature proliferation on this subject, the Strategy Safari will definitely help readers to get clearer idea in finding the true essence of Strategy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty darn good book, Nov. 17 1998
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Although some chapters are tough slogging, most are at least decent, and some are outright brilliant. Mintzberg's perspective is stunning... reading the book may have spared us years of muddling through overhyped approaches de jour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you're a student of strategic management., Oct. 31 1998
If you're tired of approaching the topic of strategy piecemeal, seminar by seminar, bouncing from concept to concept, read this book. You might read this book after sifting through the assumed absolutes of decades old strategic planning procedures, in an effort to retrofit and contextualize early schools of thought. Or you may read it as a preface to understanding the fashionable strategic development theories emanating from today's academic and consulting leaders. Whatever the motivation, if you are a student of strategic management, read this book. The authors paint the clearest picture of the strategic landscape you will find in print. They've done a tremendous job of describing, comparing, contrasting and critiquing the premises and accomplishments of ten prominent schools of thought on strategic development. The book's final chapter provides an excellent summary and an overview framework for engaging in, observing or studying the strategy development process in organizations.
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