Contemporary Strategy Analysis Concepts, Techniques, Applications

ISBN-10: 1405163097
ISBN-13: 9781405163095
Edition: 6th 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Robert M. Grant
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List price: $124.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

The pre-eminent strategy text in the field on both sides of the Atlantic has been significantly updated and revised in its latest edition. Introducing students, especially MBA candidates, to the core concepts and principles of strategy, the text combines a rigorous approach to business strategy analysis with lively examples of current practice. Now includes thorough coverage of internet-based strategies, fresh examples of resource-based competitive advantage, additional case illustrations in every chapter, and new self-study questions Features a new two-colour design throughout with high-spec artwork Introduces students to the core concepts and principles of strategy, and offers them the tools they need to formulate and implement these Combines Grant's renowned rigorous approach to business strategy analysis with lively examples of current practice Supported by a range of online resources, including a guide for instructors and downloadable PowerPoint slides for students, available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/grant

Preface
Introduction
The Concept Of Strategy
Introduction and objectives
The role of strategy in success
The basic framework for strategy analysis
A brief history of business strategy
Strategic management today
The role of analysis in strategy formulation
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
The Tools of Strategy Analysis
Goals, Values, And Performance
Introduction and objectives
Strategy as a quest for value
Strategy and real options
Putting performance analysis into practice
Beyond profit: values and social responsibility
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
Industry Analysis: The Fundamentals
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: where to draw the boundaries
From industry attractiveness to competitive advantage: identifying key success factors
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
Further Topics In Industry And Competitive Analysis
Introduction and objectives
Extending the five forces framework
The contribution of game theory
Competitor analysis
Segmentation analysis
Strategic groups
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
Analyzing Resources And Capabilities
Introduction and objectives
The role of resources and capabilities in strategy formulation
The resources of the firm
Organizational capabilities
Appraising resources and capabilities
Putting resource and capability analysis to work: a practical guide
Developing resources and capabilities
Summary
Self-study questions
Appendix: Knowledge management and the knowledge-based view of the firm
Notes
Organization Structure And Management Systems
Introduction and objectives
The evolution of the corporation
The organizational problem: reconciling specialization with coordination and cooperation
Hierarchy in organizational design
Applying the principles of organizational design
Alternative structural forms
Management systems for coordination and control
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
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: cost and differentiation
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
Cost Advantage
Introduction and objectives
Strategy and cost advantage
The sources of cost advantage
Using the value chain to analyze costs
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
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
Self-study questions
Notes
Business Strategies in Different Industry Contexts
Industry Evolution And Strategic Change
Introduction and objectives
The industry life cycle
Structure, competition, and success factors over the life cycle
Organizational adaptation and change
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
Technology-Based Industries And The Management of Innovation
Introduction and objectives
Competitive advantage in technology-intensive industries
Strategies to exploit innovation: how and when to enter
Competing for standards
Implementing technology strategies: creating the conditions for innovation
Summary
Self-study questions
Notes
Competitive Advantage In Mature Indust

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