Opening Strategy

Professional Strategists and Practice Change, 1960 to Today

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ISBN:

9780198738893

Publication date:

06/05/2019

Hardback

336 pages

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ISBN:

9780198738893

Publication date:

06/05/2019

Hardback

336 pages

Richard Whittington

  • Provides unique insights into strategic practices of leading corporations and strategists through interview material
  • Takes a practice theoretic view on strategy
  • Provides historical and social context for strategy techniques
  • Explores current strategy and business practices to provide up-to-date insights for researchers and practitioners

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Richard Whittington

Description

Strategy is becoming more 'open' - more transparent and more inclusive. Opening Strategy tells the story of how corporate strategists and strategy consultants have worked since the middle of the last century to open up the strategy process. First strategic planning, then strategic management, and now 'open strategy' have all brought more people into the strategy process and provided more strategic information, for the benefit of both business and society at large.

Informed by interviews with corporate strategists and consultants at leading firms such as General Electric and McKinsey & Co, and drawing on the historical archives of strategy's pioneers, this book provides vivid insights into the trials and tribulations of practice change in the strategy profession. Above all, it stresses the hard work of the little recognized and sometimes eccentric individuals who have been leaders in practice change. By building on a wide range of illustrations, covering both successes and failures, the book draws out general lessons for practice innovation in strategy. Those studying the topic will be able to set standard strategy techniques in historical and social context and develop new areas for investigation, while practising executives and consultants should gain a sense of how to innovate in strategy - and how not to.

About the Author

Richard Whittington is Professor of Strategic Management at the Saïd Business School and New College, University of Oxford. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to ten books, including the best-selling textbook Exploring Strategy (12th edition, Pearson, 2019) and the Cambridge Handbook of Open Strategy (2019). He is an associate editor of the Strategic Management Journal and has co-edited six special issues in leading journals. He was previously a board member of the Strategic Management Society and past Chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices interest group at the Academy of Management. His current research focuses on strategy-as-practice and 'open strategy'.

 

Richard Whittington

Table of contents

1: Opening Strategy: Practices and Professionals
2: Making Strategy: Theory and Practice
3: Corporate Strategists: Surviving the 'Fall'
4: Strategy Consultants: Knowledgeable Professionals
5: Strategic Planning: Choice and Competition
6: Strategic Management: Change and Implementation
7: Open Strategy: Transparency and Inclusion
8: Changing Strategy - for the Better
Appendix: Sources and Methods

Richard Whittington

Richard Whittington

Review

"Opening Strategy is a remarkable achievement. It's a rich, entertaining history that convincingly shows how corporate strategists and management consultants together made, transformed, and continue to transform strategy from its fragile beginnings in the mid-twentieth century to the established professional field it is today. Its a new standard for institutional approaches to strategy-as-practice. It goes beyond history and provides a trenchant analysis of the opportunities and challenges now facing strategy practitioners." - William Ocasio, Northwestern University

"There are many books on the ideas and tools of strategy, a few on the history of those ideas and the individuals who created them, but this is the first on the profession of Strategy and the forces which shaped its development. It will be of great interest to practitioners and scholars alike in putting their work in a historical and social context." - Martin Reeves, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute

"This is an important and much-needed book for both practitioners and academics. It sets the Strategy profession and the practices involved within their historical context, showing how they have evolved into what we now take for granted. The book is a most enjoyable read, with interesting and thought-provoking cases and characters. It challenges us to see and understand the Strategy profession differently and I believe it will become a key text for our field." - Paula Jarzabkowski, Cass Business School, City, University of London

"Opening Strategy is a milestone in the study of the century-old effort to professionalize management. Using a history cum sociology lens, Whittington documents and explains the triumphs and tribulations of Strategys trajectory as a profession since 1960 to today. The book will serve as a valuable reference to all strategy practitioners and researchers." - Robert Burgelman, University of Sanford

Richard Whittington

Description

Strategy is becoming more 'open' - more transparent and more inclusive. Opening Strategy tells the story of how corporate strategists and strategy consultants have worked since the middle of the last century to open up the strategy process. First strategic planning, then strategic management, and now 'open strategy' have all brought more people into the strategy process and provided more strategic information, for the benefit of both business and society at large.

Informed by interviews with corporate strategists and consultants at leading firms such as General Electric and McKinsey & Co, and drawing on the historical archives of strategy's pioneers, this book provides vivid insights into the trials and tribulations of practice change in the strategy profession. Above all, it stresses the hard work of the little recognized and sometimes eccentric individuals who have been leaders in practice change. By building on a wide range of illustrations, covering both successes and failures, the book draws out general lessons for practice innovation in strategy. Those studying the topic will be able to set standard strategy techniques in historical and social context and develop new areas for investigation, while practising executives and consultants should gain a sense of how to innovate in strategy - and how not to.

About the Author

Richard Whittington is Professor of Strategic Management at the Saïd Business School and New College, University of Oxford. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to ten books, including the best-selling textbook Exploring Strategy (12th edition, Pearson, 2019) and the Cambridge Handbook of Open Strategy (2019). He is an associate editor of the Strategic Management Journal and has co-edited six special issues in leading journals. He was previously a board member of the Strategic Management Society and past Chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices interest group at the Academy of Management. His current research focuses on strategy-as-practice and 'open strategy'.

 

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Reviews

"Opening Strategy is a remarkable achievement. It's a rich, entertaining history that convincingly shows how corporate strategists and management consultants together made, transformed, and continue to transform strategy from its fragile beginnings in the mid-twentieth century to the established professional field it is today. Its a new standard for institutional approaches to strategy-as-practice. It goes beyond history and provides a trenchant analysis of the opportunities and challenges now facing strategy practitioners." - William Ocasio, Northwestern University

"There are many books on the ideas and tools of strategy, a few on the history of those ideas and the individuals who created them, but this is the first on the profession of Strategy and the forces which shaped its development. It will be of great interest to practitioners and scholars alike in putting their work in a historical and social context." - Martin Reeves, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute

"This is an important and much-needed book for both practitioners and academics. It sets the Strategy profession and the practices involved within their historical context, showing how they have evolved into what we now take for granted. The book is a most enjoyable read, with interesting and thought-provoking cases and characters. It challenges us to see and understand the Strategy profession differently and I believe it will become a key text for our field." - Paula Jarzabkowski, Cass Business School, City, University of London

"Opening Strategy is a milestone in the study of the century-old effort to professionalize management. Using a history cum sociology lens, Whittington documents and explains the triumphs and tribulations of Strategys trajectory as a profession since 1960 to today. The book will serve as a valuable reference to all strategy practitioners and researchers." - Robert Burgelman, University of Sanford

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Table of contents

1: Opening Strategy: Practices and Professionals
2: Making Strategy: Theory and Practice
3: Corporate Strategists: Surviving the 'Fall'
4: Strategy Consultants: Knowledgeable Professionals
5: Strategic Planning: Choice and Competition
6: Strategic Management: Change and Implementation
7: Open Strategy: Transparency and Inclusion
8: Changing Strategy - for the Better
Appendix: Sources and Methods

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