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Kaihan Krippendorff is a former consultant with McKinsey & Company and the author of The Art of the Advantage: 36 Strategies to Seize the Competitive Edge (Thomson/TEXERE 2003). He is the President of The Strategy Learning Center, a business education firm that helps large companies worldwide including Microsoft, Ryder, Pfizer, and DHL outthink their competition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Platinum Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598693808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598693805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kaihan is the author of "The Art of the Advantage: 36 Strategies to Seize the Competitive Edge" and President of The Strategy Learning Center. He helps large and small companies beat their competition and helps executives develop strategic thinking skills.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael on April 22, 2008
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An excellent and profound work! The author takes the interpretation of ancient Chinese wisdom on strategy to an unprecedented, in my opinion, level and makes it immediately relevant to western management. The abundance of cases studies with real companies sets the book apart from other works in this area. The author masterfully applies the abstract language of the 36 Stratagems in the context of modern business strategy and illustrates it with what it seems like hundreds of specific examples. As a business professional myself I can attest that this certainly adds tremendous credibility and real value. I think this book is a treasure for both the academic scholars and business executives, as it offers a body of sound research, as well as a specific guidance to action. I highly recommend this book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Wittenburg on March 28, 2008
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At first the title made me think this was another Sun Tzu kill-your-competition but, but it actually is a more profound and sophisticated explanation of ancient Taoist concepts and how they apply to business and creativity in the modern world of business. The book is a good read straight through, or if you prefer, read it more slowly and really contemplate the application of the stratagems as part of your daily life. I found the material to be profound enough to really make in impact in the way that I see the playing field in my business. This is a must read for people with a keen interest in developing their strategic thinking capacity. I'm ready for the next book by the author!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Barba on November 22, 2009
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As a business strategist I recognize that The 36 Chinese Strategies are a set of patterns that when used in conjunction give you endless options in any competitive situation. I advise you to read this book and keep it by your side as a reference, it will give you the feeling that you have an endless array of stratagems at your disposal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rseech01 on April 8, 2008
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An excellent analysis of the 36 stratagems, particularly as they apply to business, that is highly readable. If you are a fan of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", you will find this book invaluable. The author translates contemporary business strategies into the appropriate stratagems. He outlines approaches based on the 36 stratagems in a very accessible fashion. A must read for anyone who owns a company, or is responsible for growth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily McHugh on October 5, 2012
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This book contains very valuable information for anyone seeking to do or already doing business in Asia, especially China. I bought this book a few years ago while on a business trip to Hong Kong. Since then I've recommended it to several people who have also found it insightful. This book highlights the importance of understanding the philosophies behind cultural behavior and learning how that affects your business interactions. I wish I had read this book before my first to trip to China - it would have been useful to get a better lay of the land. The "psycho-cultural landscape" is often more important than the physical one. Kaihan writes in a clear and concise manner with well-thought out discussions. I very much enjoy reading his blogs as well. In fact, I often print them out and save them for future reference. If you're heading to Asia any time soon, or planning a trip, make sure this book comes with you; it's also an excellent reference book over time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Ellwood VINE VOICE on May 10, 2013
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This book is a must read for any business owner that wants to understand how to apply strategy to business. The author shows how 36 stratagems of war can be applied to business and provides case studies that illustrate the use of the stratagems in the modern day world. I've already applied a few of the concepts in my business and have found that it has made a difference in how I'm running my business. While you may think this book only applies to big companies, all of the advice can be applied to small companies as well. I know i'll be reading this book every couple years to keep my strategies sharp and focused.
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