Strategic Thinking in 3D A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy, and Business Professionals
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Description: Effective strategic thinking requires a clear understanding of one’s external environment. Each organization has a unique environment, but as Ross Harrison explains in Strategic Thinking in 3D, any environment—whether in the fields of national security, foreign policy, or business—has three dimensions: systems, opponents, and groups.Systems strategy involves the challenge of creating leverage against opponents by shaping the external environment they rely on for sustaining their power. Opponents-based strategy requires analyzing a competitor’s capability, motivation, and strategy, assessing one’s own competitive challenges, and then developing approaches for directly confronting the opponent. Strategy applied to groups aims at mobilizing political, consumer, and market groups against the power of an opponent. Strategic Thinking in 3Dmakes strategy portable for individuals who switch careers multiple times during their professional lives, moving between public, nonprofit, and private sector jobs.Harrison uses al Qaeda’s strategy against the United States as a capstone case study to demonstrate how strategic success often results from the cascading effect of wins in all three of these dimensions. Conversely, strategic failure can come from the mutual reinforcement of losses across these same three dimensions. Reinforcing and integrating the concepts, Harrison shows how strategy in 3D actually works in practice.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2013
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: Demystifying Strategy|
|The Inward Face of Strategy|
|Setting Strategic Goals|
|The Primacy of Capability|
|The Outward Face of Strategy|
|Strategy in the Dimension of Systems|
|Strategy in the Dimension of Opponents|
|Strategy in the Dimension of Groups|
|The Power of Integration|
|Al-Qaeda's Strategy in 3D|
|Conclusion: Strategic Thinking in 3D|
|About the Author|