Class Takeaways: Crafting and Leading Strategy

How do you know whether you have a good strategy? That’s a trick question, says Stanford Graduate School of Business professor of organizational behavior Jesper Sørensen. In his class Crafting and Leading Strategy, Sørensen teaches that strategy is constantly evolving, and that leaders can use it effectively by constantly showing how daily tasks support a strategy.

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Why Strategy Execution Unravels—and What to Do About It

75% of organizations struggle to implement strategy. Improve your odds of success with this 7-minute video slide deck.

Does Your Strategy Need a Strategy? Part I

usiness environments have become so diverse that companies today need different approaches to strategy in different circumstances, says Martin Reeves, senior partner and managing director of BCG’s Bruce Henderson Institute for strategy, and author of the recently released book, Your Strategy Needs a Strategy. Large companies in particular should deploy separate strategies for different parts of business, and when they do so, research shows they … [ Read more ]

How to Scale Up Excellence in an Organization

Stanford’s Robert Sutton discusses the mind-set and strategies of companies that are most adept at building and spreading high standards.

The Five Pillars of Sustainable Growth

Many companies set high expectations for growth, but few manage to expand sustainably and profitably year after year. In this brief audio presentation, Partner James Allen explains how five business principles can help companies can turn fast growth into long-term value.

How to Scale Up Excellence in an Organization

Stanford’s Robert Sutton discusses the mind-set and strategies of companies that are most adept at building and spreading high standards.

Disseminating Strategy: A User’s Guide

Your new strategy looks good on paper, it looks good in the executive suite. But what does it take for the work force to get it?

‘Kill the Company’: Identify Your Weaknesses Before Your Competitors Do

For many, implementing an innovation strategy, which requires changes within an organization, means adding layers of new processes. Lisa Bodell, author of Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, argues that there are straightforward ways to make change without bogging down the organization. Bodell insists that whether an organization is doing exceptionally well or struggling, now is the time to address … [ Read more ]

The Big Idea: Creating Shared Value

The concept of shared value—which focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress—has the power to unleash the next wave of global growth.

There are three key ways that companies can create shared value opportunities:
– By reconceiving products and markets
– By redefining productivity in the value chain
– By enabling local cluster development

Every firm should look at decisions and opportunities through the lens … [ Read more ]

Enduring Ideas: The Strategic Control Map

In this interactive presentation—one in a series of multimedia frameworks—Lowell Bryan, a director in McKinsey’s New York office, describes the strategic control map, a framework that tracks the dynamics of market capitalization within industries.

What is Good Corporate Strategy?

Professor Richard Rumelt says its simply the focus of resources on business objectives.

Simple Rules: Common Mistakes with Simple Rules

In the third of three podcasts on strategy as simple rules Donald Sull, Associate Professor of Management Practice, discusses the five common pitfalls that are likely to derail strategy as simple rules in organisations.

Simple Rules: Strategy as Simple Rules

In the second of three podcasts on strategy as simple rules Donald Sull, Associate Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management, explains what simple rules are and how managers can make them work in their organizations.

Simple Rules: Three Logics of Value Creation

In the first of three podcasts on strategy as simple rules Donald Sull, Associate Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management, elaborates on the three core logics of value creation.

Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution: The Strategy Loop in Action

The third in his series on strategy and its discontents, Don Sull talks about how to put the notion of a strategy loop into practice in an organization.

This podcast builds upon the first and second podcasts which rejected the linear view of strategy and then suggested an alternative view of strategy as a loop or an iterative process.

Sull explains that there are many things that … [ Read more ]

Closing the gap between strategy and execution: The strategy loop in action

In the third of a three part podcast series Donald Sull, Associate Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management at London Business School, talks about how to put the notion of a strategy loop into practice in an organisation.

Should You Reinvent Your Business Model?

HBR interviews Clayton Christensen about how disruptive innovation and business model reinvention are linked.

Charlie Rose Interviews Michael Porter

Charlie Rose interviews strategy Guru Michael Porter of Harvard Business School on his PBS show.

Editor’s Note: The Porter interview comes after an interview with Henry Kissinger…

The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy: An Interview with Michael E. Porter

Michael Porter published an article in the January 2008 Harvard Business Review updating his famous five forces model. Here is an interview with him (12:57 minutes) on the relevance of the 5 Forces in today’s world.