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Crafting and Executing Strategy: The Quest for Competitive Advantage: Concepts and Cases

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Thompson, Strickland and Gambles', "Crafting and Executing Strategy, 17e" presents the latest research findings from the literature and cutting-edge strategic practices of companies have been incorporated to keep step with both theory and practice. The chapter content continues to be solidly mainstream and balanced, mirroring both the best academic thinking and the pragmat ...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by Irwin/McGraw-Hill (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jun 21, 2011 Kas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this book as a part of my strategic management class, which is required for my degree.

The book is intense! It is heavy with information, but is nicely presented with many graphs and illustrations to supplement the work.

The first 3/4 of the book are the chapters with content. This book goes through how to execute a business on a VP level, and goes through smaller businesses to multinational corporations with several SBUs and a global strategy.

The last quarter of this book is real life case
Not exactly a book you want to curl up with (unless you're looking to fall asleep) but I'll give it credit for being well laid out and easy to follow. It offers some good advice for basic strategy formulation, although I think they could have widdled down the chapters (some of them were rather repititous from one paragraph to the next). My favorite aspect of the book were the insight boxes. Concepts are much more interesting when you can apply them to actual companies, and they picked some of th ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Renita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The material is written in s very straight-forward manner that doesn't require much interpretation or instructor explanation. Unfortunately the major downfall of this book is that the cases are fairly outdated, many having not been updated since early 2010. The cases themselves are excellent in that they allow the student to use the theoretical knowledge from the front half of the book and apply it to the case analysis.
Khaled Aljabri
Read the last three chapters about implementing the strategy. And Focusing on the diagrams, case studies and blue boxes which summarises the ideas for nearly each page in few sentences.
As most academics books, too much said with little new insights. But the Reading section had little more insights than other parts of the book.
Apr 27, 2012 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adequate book. The beginning chapters are quite useful, with general information on the business process, strategy, etc. The later chapters are geared more towards large corporate businesses, and for someone like me, these parts are fairly useless. However, I do see the merit in this book being used for a capstone class.

A very expensive textbook, as one would expect.
Jul 11, 2012 Kasandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting case reviews, straightforward advice and information, far more interesting than your average college textbook. I found myself reading the whole thing, even though it wasn't required for class, and will definitely keep this one.

Good summary of core concepts and tactics to craft and implement organizational strategy.
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Apr 27, 2008 mpfrom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Required for my class. Feel my pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Good read for class
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This is what I'm reading now for my Strategic Management class for the next six weeks.
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