Fast Strategy: How strategic agility will help you stay ahead of the game 1st Edition

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This book will help directors in large organisations looking to adapt more quickly to changing market conditions.

- Director Magazine, March 2008

From the Back Cover

Title Fast Strategy

Subtitle How strategic agility will help you stay ahead of the game

Authors Yves Doz & Mikko Kosonen

Wharton School Publishing

 

 

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"One of those rare managerial books that is rigorous as well as relevant."

Michael L. Tushman, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

"Yves Doz and Mikko Kosonen provide tremendous insight into one of the most relevant issues in business today. "

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, President and CEO, Nokia

"It has long been a dilemma - how do companies reinvent themselves? The Fast Strategy findings are an important contribution - being attentive to the evolving environment and developing the capacity within a leadership team for 'collective commitment' resonates powerfully with my own experience. A thought-provoking contribution for those seeking to renew their own business."

Vivienne Cox, Executive Vice President, BP

"I found their treatment of the subject very useful."

Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft

 

PLAY THE FAST STRATEGY GAME TO WIN

Why do some companies fail to adapt to change, while others thrive on change, disruption and discontinuity? Good question - and extremely relevant, because in today's constantly shifting business environment, if you can't adjust to change, you're doomed. This book shows you how to develop strategic agility in your business, so that your strategy is always up-to-speed and you stay ahead of your competitors.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (April 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273712446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273712442
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Minus one star for publisher being lazy about using Amazon tools to help readers see the table of contents and otherwise "look inside the book," and for lack of deeper reference to externalities that deeply impact on emerging business models, including natural capitalism, moral capitalism, and transcendent capitalism.

I found the content engrossing, while on every page I realized that with every word, the authors are describing precisely what 90% of the "successful" leaders refuse to do--and especially those in the secret intelligence community that I know so well.

The authors blend deep strategic experience with Nokia and at INSEAD among many other qualifications, and I recommend this book be read together with two others that I recently reviewed:

The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks
Execution Premium

Book's bottom line: leaders must create and nurture counterintuitive blending--sustained constant blending, of the following:
+ Strategic sensitivity
+ Collective commitment
+ Resource fluidity
+ Management depoliticization

They summarize the challenge early on: "interdependent opportunities in the world of convergence and fuzzy enterprise boundaries and of rapid emergent systemic change in environment.
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In their Introduction, Yves Doz and Mikko Kosonen assert that strategically agile companies "not only learn to make fast turns and transform themselves without losing momentum but their CEOs and top teams also have higher ambitions: to make their companies permanently, regularly, able to take advantage of change and disruption. They want their organizations to learn to thrive on continuous waves of change, not to periodically and painfully adjust to change, in an alternation of periods of stability and moments of upheaval. Put differently, they want [everyone in] their companies [at all levels and in all areas] to learn a new competitive game: the fast strategy game - a game where nothing can be taken for granted, where no competitive advantage edge may last, where innovation and the constant development of new capabilities are the only sources of advantage."

Doz and Kosonen respond to critically important questions such as these:

What separates winners from losers in this "game"?
How differently are the winners led?
How are they organized?
How do they make decisions?

Answers to these and other questions are revealed during their rigorous examination of exemplary organizations that are most exposed to the challenges of speed and complexity such as Accenture, Canon, Cisco, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia, and SAP. The lessons to be learned from them can be of substantial to all other organizations (regardless of their size and nature) that are currently struggling to formulate and then execute strategies that will enable them to achieve and then - a key word -- sustain decisive competitive advantage.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2009
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A great read. Well thought out and researched. Nice clear structure & I would love to say intuitive, but Doz & Kosonen are quite original in their work.Think about any industry using their "Curse of success" framework and you will have a challenge.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2010
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Book is difficult to read. I am finding good food for thought but I am spending alot of time re-reading to get authors points
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