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“Grant excels in combining accessibility and rigor in his coverage of difficult concepts in corporate strategy. His Contemporary Strategy Analysis is one of the best available textbooks for advanced undergraduates and MBAs.” George Yip, LondonBusinessSchool


"The new edition of Grant's extraordinarily well-written textbook has the same accessible style as prior editions. This comprehensive textbook makes complicated material understandable and clear. The many new capsule examples of recent business events as well as text material based on new research keep the book completely up-to-date. The book also contains revisions of core materials for even greater clarity. Students rave about this book." Constance Helfat, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

"By skillfully weaving scholarly ideas with modern-day issues, Contemporary Strategy Analysis provides students of strategy with a leading edge textbook that links the practical realities of strategic management to the intellectual foundations of strategic thinking." Ari Ginsberg, New York University, Stern School of Business

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“Grant excels in combining accessibility and rigor in his coverage of difficult concepts in corporate strategy. His Contemporary Strategy Analysis is one of the best available textbooks for advanced undergraduates and MBAs.” George Yip, LondonBusinessSchool


"The new edition of Grant's extraordinarily well-written textbook has the same accessible style as prior editions. This comprehensive textbook makes complicated material understandable and clear. The many new capsule examples of recent business events as well as text material based on new research keep the book completely up-to-date. The book also contains revisions of core materials for even greater clarity. Students rave about this book." Constance Helfat, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

"By skillfully weaving scholarly ideas with modern-day issues, Contemporary Strategy Analysis provides students of strategy with a leading edge textbook that links the practical realities of strategic management to the intellectual foundations of strategic thinking." Ari Ginsberg, New York University, Stern School of Business --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 5 edition (February 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405119993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405119993
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I used this book during my MBA in City University Business School, London and found it extremely helpful. It covers most of ground and guides the reader through different approaches showing them their pros and cons. It takes the magic out of many complicated concepts and make them accessiable. In some few parts it lacks detail but if taken as an introductry book to business strategy, it serves that purpose well. As a strategy consultant, I always keep it on my self with my favorite "The Mind Of The Strategist".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo H. Ramos on June 13, 1999
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Great book by someone who is serious about the subject! No "The Art of Strategy according to Lord Nelson" or the like. After reading the book, the reader will be able to think about strategy and judge strategic thinking as applied to real cases. But, better still, it will make the reader curious about strategy and willing to look further into some of the many good references given in the book.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "niik" on February 5, 2000
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This book was used as our main textbook for Business 184 class taught by Dr. P.Skilton. As an actual user of this book, I believe that the details this book provided are unique in the way that they offer good understanding on what business strategy is about. The book answers the ultimate question, "What is strategy?" by distinguishing strategy from plans and tactics. Additionally, it provides insights to different types of strategies, advantages/disadvantages of each, and actual cases of usage. However, this is not to say that the book is without shortcomings, it creates some confusion in a few tables (and I still believe it's in Ch.2...for those of you doing projects for Dr.Skilton's class, watch out cuz that's one thing he is gonna ask you to do for SURE!). Yet, I believe the real merit in this book could only be discovered through reading the book. >_<
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
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This book is a core reading in a UK distance-learning MBA programme to which I am enlisted. The author successfully covers the main areas of current strategic thinking in a style that is easy-to-understand and jargon free. I'm glad that the author pays particular attention to organisational resourced-based capabilities and their alignment to key success factors as an enabler for successful implementation (strategic implementation being the main area where many organisations fail).
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Townsend on January 13, 2003
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I got this book as part of my MBA studies in the UK. The whole course on Strategy leverages this book as a reader throughout and it is truly a wonderful collection tools, techniques and models for the student and business manager alike.
A must have for people involved in defining and setting strategy
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ingo Leung on April 21, 2002
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'Contemporary Strategy Analysis' offers a balanced analysis of concepts, techniques & applications about business strategy. I find Grant's analysis of various schools of strategy relatively unique compared with books in the market. The content flows fluidly chapter after chapter, & I find the book to be an enjoyable read. The treatment of each topic is concise with great case studies & references. Despite its detail analysis on various elements of business strategy, it remains pragmatic, with the ultimate goal of business strategy - maximizing & sustaining shareholder value - consistently emphasised throughout the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian M on January 20, 2010
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I used this book during my MBA in University of Florida and found it extremely helpful, thorough, an easy read, & definitely would recommend it! This book has gained widespread recognition for its rigorous approach to business strategy analysis and has been a national best seller! It guides the reader through different approaches showing them their pros and cons. It takes the magic out of many complicated concepts and make them easy to understand with several real life case examples.

Table of Contents Include:
- Introduction
- Tools of Strategy Analysis
- Analyzing the Industry Environment
- Intra-Industry Analysis
- Analyzing Resources & Capabilities
- Organization Structure & Management Systems
- The Nature & Sources of Competitive Advantage
- Cost Advantage
- Differentiation Advantage
- Industry Evolution
- Technology-based Industries & the Management of Innovation
- Competitive Advantage in Mature Industries
- Vertical Integration & the Scope of the Firm
- Global Strategies & the Multinational Corporation
- Diversification Strategy
- Managing the Multi-business Corporation
- Current Trends in Strategic Management
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allan Skovmand on February 22, 2005
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Well to be honest I always had a hard time getting through the piles of books during business school. But this "brick" opened my eyes and I actually ended up reading it out of pure pleasure. If you are remotely interested in business you should get this. It sums up many of the conclusions made by the great economists. Get one - and save yourself the cost of 10 others.
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