The book is a blend of a theory of applications of strategic management. Out of five parts into which the book is structured, part five is devoted entirely to the case method of learning strategic management. Each part begins with an introductory comment that clarifies the overall educational goals, and relates each successive part with the preceding parts. Each chapter similarly starts with an introductory paragraph that its states the learning objectives and the means adopted to achieve them. The reading matter in each chapter is divided into sections and sub-sections logically connected to each other.
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The book is a blend of a theory of applications of strategic management. Out of five parts into which the book is structured, part five is devoted entirely to the case method of learning strategic management.
Each part begins with an introductory comment that clarifies the overall educational goals, and relates each successive part with the preceding parts.
Each chapter similarly starts with an introductory paragraph that its states the learning objectives and the means adopted to achieve them. The reading matter in each chapter is divided into sections and sub-sections logically connected to each other. The textual matter is also liberally interspersed with cases and examples pertaining to strategic management applications. A summary at the end of each paper recapitulates the major issues covered and can serve as checklist of the points learnt.
A student can benefit from two sets of questions provided at the end of each chapter. Notes and references at the end provide a list of further reading and comments on the matter covered in the chapter. The book divided into five parts. In Chapter 1 students can directly relate to the objectives and see how they stand to benefit by strategic management.
In Chapter 2 readers can see how differently the concept of strategy has been analyzed and understood and how the discipline of strategic management has evolved. Chapter 4 and 5 deal with SWOT analysis that enable organizations to achieve strategic advantage over their rival companies.
Chapter 6 and 7 deal with numerous corporate and business strategies. Chapter 7 on strategic alternatives specifically described those strategies that are more commonly used for Indian companies. Chapter 8 deals with strategic analysis and choice that facilitate strategy formulation. Chapter 9 to 12 deal with different accepts of strategic implementation. Chapter 11 dealing with behavioral issues of implementation addresses factors such as corporate culture, corporate politics and power, personal values and business ethics, and social responsibility.
These issues are increasingly becoming important as the application of the behavioral concepts to strategic management gains wider acceptance.
Chapter 12 deals with functional and operational issues of implementation such as productivity, processes, people and pace. Productivity is the measure of the relative amount of input needed to secure a given amount of output. Processes are courses of action used for operational implementation. People are the stakeholders in the organizations. Pace is the speed of operational implementation and measured in terms of time.
Strategy evaluation is necessary to test effectiveness of strategies in achieving objectives. Through strategic and operational controls strategists set standards, measure performance, evaluate the strategy, and then initiate corrective action. The end result is adjustment of strategies, reformulation of objectives, or adaption of plans.
Each case study ends with a set of pertinent questions. There are short and long cases: cases from different industries; case based manufacturing as well as service organizations; and cases that deal with a limited number of issues to cases that have a wider coverage. This should prove to be a welcome feature for those learners who would like to access the net for more information on issues covered in this book. A bibliography in business policy and strategic management is provided at the end that should serve as good source of reference material for learners and researchers in the area.
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