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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is an excellent text. There are some errors, I suspect because it is the first printing of this edition. The author explains concepts that students confuse (like Key Success Factors) very well and puts Michael Porter's 5 Forces Model in context. Something few other textbooks bother to do so students tend to use it incorrectly. The cases and examples in the text are also useful.
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This book is heavy on economics but strategy formulation typically does not need much economics. Prof. Grant has two major errors: 1) discrediting SWOT analysis, a tool which has been, and still is, a major yet simple tool in consulting world. The problem with Prof. Grant is that he may not be familiar with a 9-cell SWOT and renders judgment based on a 4-cell SWOT which has some limitations; 2) He criticizes Porter's five forces model because he wants to add complementers alongside substitutes as a sixth factor. Complementers are, basically, suppliers hence could be integrated with suppliers constituting the bargaining power of suppliers. Contesting SWOT is shortsighted but challenging Porter's five forces model is foolhardy and misplaced.
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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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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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'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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