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Scenarios The Art of Strategic Conversation

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ISBN-10: 0471966398

ISBN-13: 9780471966395

Edition: 1996

Authors: Kees Van der Heijden

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"Kees van der Heijden has written the most comprehensive, detailed and insightful guide to understanding the business environment in a way most useful to business. No one has mastered the art of bringing that insight to bear in the real world of business with greater depth than Kees." Peter Schwartz, Chairman, Global Business Network; author of The Art of the Long View. The only constants in the current business environment are turbulence and change. When initially developed at Royal Dutch/Shell, scenario planning helped companies understand external change - change in markets, the competitive arena, technology, demographics and so on. In this book, Kees van der Heijden takes the art of scenario planning one giant step further. After showing you how to understand how the world around you is changing, he then shows you how to move your organization to meet the future by linking scenario thinking and your Business Idea in an ongoing strategic conversation. The result is a learning organization with the finely honed ability to track the marketplace and business environment. How Scenarios will help you think through the way forward, and keep you thinking as you move.Understand the basis of an organization's success - articulate its central business ideaBreak out of the organization's restrictive "thinking box" - take a wider perspective, scenaric viewDevelop scenarios as alternative ways of interpreting the present - see beyond current range of visionBecome clearer about the many apparently unrelated developments - build a systemic framework using a story lineBe more secure with the future - understand uncertaintyDo it by using a practical methodologyNurture and sustain an ongoing strategic conversation throughout the organization"The span of this book is unusually wide: it goes from the philosophy of scenario thinking to the minute practicalities of how to do it. This book is, in my view, the best guide in a field where it is easy to go astray and where guidance is precious." Pierre Wack, Former Head of Scenario Planning, Royal Dutch/Shell
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/7/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The Context. 1965 to 1990: Five Discoveries in Shell
Three Competing Paradigms in Strategic Management
The Principles Of Scenario Planning
The Business Idea of An Organisation
Dealing with Uncertainty
Scenarios and the Business Idea
Scenario Planning in Organisations
The Practice Of Scenario Planning
The Practitioner2s Art
Articulation of the Business Idea
Competitive Positioning
Scenario Development
Option Planning
Institutionalising Scenario Planning
The Management of Change
Planning Processes
Guiding the Strategic Conversation
Conclusion
References
Index