Strategic Thinking in 3D A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy, and Business Professionals

ISBN-10: 1597977063

ISBN-13: 9781597977067

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ross Harrison

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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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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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
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