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Contemporary Strategy Analysis, 3rd Ed.

Concepts, Techniques, Applications

Robert M. Grant

Publisher: Blackwell, 1998 , 461 pages

ISBN: 0-631-20780-5

Keywords: Strategy


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In this most accessible strategy text, Robert M. Grant combines clarity of exposition with concentration on the fundamentals of value creation and an emphasis on practicality.

Table of Contents:

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  1. The Concepts of Strategy
    • The Concept of Strategy
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • The Role of Strategy in Success
      • A Framework for Analyzing Business Strategy
      • A Brief History of Business Strategy
      • The Distinction Between Corporate and Business Strategy
      • Different Approaches to Strategy: Design versus Process
      • The Different Roles of Strategy Within the Firm
      • The Role of Analysis in Strategy Formulation
      • Summary
  2. Tools of Strategic Management
    • Goals, Values, and Performance
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Strategy as a Quest for Profit
      • Practical Issues in Linking Value-Based Management to Strategy
      • Values and Mission
      • Summary
    • Analysing the ndustry Environment
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • From Environmental Analysis to Industry Analysis
      • The Determinants of Industry Profit: Demand and Competition
      • Analyzing Industry Attractiveness
      • Applying Industry Analysis
      • Defining Industries: Identifying the Relevant Market
      • Beyond the Five Forces Model: Dynamics, Game Theory, and Cooperations
      • Opportuties for Competitive Advantage: Identifying Key Success Factors
      • Summary
    • Intra-Industry Analysis
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Segmentation Analysis
      • Strategic Groups
      • Competitor Analysis
      • Summary
    • Analyzing Resources and Capabilities
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • The Role of Resources and Capabilities in Strategy Formulation
      • The Resources of the Firm
      • Organizational Capabilities
      • Appraising the Profit-Earning Potential of Resources and Capabilities
      • Developing the Resource Base of the Firm
      • Summary
    • Organizational Strcuture and Management Systems
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • The Evolution of the Corporation
      • The Principles of Organizational Design
      • Alternative Structural Form
      • Management Systems for Coordination and Control
      • Summary
  3. The Analysis of Competitive Advantage
    • The Nature and Sources of Competitive Advantage
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • The Emergence of Competitive Advantage
      • Sustaining Competitive Advantage
      • Competitive Advantage in Different Market Settings
      • Types of Competitive Advantage
      • Summary
    • Cost Advantage
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Economics of Experience
      • The Source of Cost Advantage
      • Using the Value Chain to Analyze Costs
      • Cost Cutting in the 1990s
      • Summary
    • Differentiation Advantage
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • The Nature of Differentiation and Differentiation Advantage
      • Analyzing Differentiation: The Demand Side
      • Analyzing Differentiation: The Supply Side
      • Bringing It All Together: The Value Chain in Differentiation Analysis
      • Summary
  4. Business Strategies in Different Industry Contexts
    • Industry Evolution
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • The Life Cycle Model
      • Structure, Competition, and Success Factors over the Life Cycle
      • Anticipating and Shaping the Future
      • Summary
      • Appendix: Other Approaches to Industry Classification
    • Technology-Based Industries and the Management of Innovation
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Competitive Advantage in Technology-Intensive Industries
      • Strategic Issues in Managing Technology and Innovation
      • Implementing Technology Strategies: Creating the Conditions for Innovation
      • Summary
    • Competitive Advantages in Mature Industries
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Key Success Factors in Mature Environments
      • Strategy Implementation in Mature Industries: Structure, Systems and Style
      • Strategies for Declining Industries
      • Summary
  5. Corporate Strategy
    • Vertical Integrationm and the Scope of the Firm
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Transaction Costs and the Scope of the Firm
      • The Costs and Benefits of Vertical Integration
      • Designing Vertical Relationships
      • Summary
    • Global Strategies and the Multinational Corporation
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Implications of International Competition for Industry Analysis
      • Analyzing Competitive Advantage in an International Context
      • Applying the Framework: International Location of Production
      • Applying the Framework: Foreign Entry Strategies
      • Multinational Strategies: Globalization versus National Differentiation
      • Strategy and Organization within the the Multinational Corporation
      • Summary
    • Diversification Strategy
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • Trends in Diversification over Time
      • Motives for Diversification
      • Competitive Advantage from Diversification
      • Diversification and Performance
      • Summary
    • Managing the Multibusiness Corporation
      • Introduction and Objectives
      • The Structure of the Multibusiness Company
      • The Role of Corporate Management
      • Managing the Corporate Portfolio
      • Managing Individual Businesses
      • Managing Internal Linkages
      • Recent Trends in the Management of Multibusiness Corporations
      • Summary
    • Strategies for the New Millenium
      • Introduction
      • The New Environment of Business
      • Directions in Strategic Management Practice
      • New Directions in Strategic Thinking
      • The Knowledge-Based View of the Firm
      • New Organizational Forms
      • Summary


Contemporary Strategy Analysis

by Roland Buresund last modified 2011-06-12 01:33

Rating: ******** (Very good)

Very well written book, that manages to touch on nearly all modern aspects of strategy. It is also one of the few books that comprehensively covers the resource-based view of the form. Very well recommended.

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