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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy

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Is your company spending too much time on strategy development—with too little to show for it?

If you read nothing else on strategy, read these 10 articles (featuring “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you catalyze your organization's strategy development and
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published December 16th 2010)
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Trinh Chau
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good set of article for corporate strategy.
1. WHAT IS STRATEGY?
- Operational Effectiveness is different from Strategy. The former, meaning to perform BETTER than rival with SIMILAR activities, is a need but still not sufficient enough. On the other hands, Strategy is an essential for every enterprise wanting to outstand from the crowd. Strategy is to perform different activities, or to perform same activities in different ways.
- There are 3 sources of Strategy: customer-based (IKE
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Abdurrahman AlQahtani
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is just an amazing set of articles around strategy. The first two from Michael Porter were tough ones, i could berely follow to a degree i was thinking to drop the book. I skipped the second article and moved on, and the rest of articels were amazing.. especially the ones related to vision, blue ocean strategy, execution, and the strategy principles. I would highly recommend this book for those with business backgound (either their own, or have been working for the past 5 years or so).
Héctor Iván Patricio Moreno
I don't know if this could be called a 'book' in all the extension of the word, but this is one of the most instructive books I've read in my life (although I haven't read that much).

It may be because before this book I barely know anything about strategy and corporate plans.
Just as the subtitle says: "If you read nothing else, read this". Absolutely.

A few of the concepts that had stuck with me:

- A strategy must include tradeoffs, to be difficult to repl
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المدرب محمد الملا
A must read book for whom interested in strategy
Jan
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A fairly good mix of usefull nuggets and some hot air drivel
Todd Davidson
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some 5 star essays, some 2 star essays.
Madhur Bhargava
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book's cover title says it all - "If you've read nothing else on strategy, read these definitive articles from HBR". I found almost all the articles presented in this book very enlightening and filled with a lot of "aha" moments. Especially the first 2 articles by Michael Porter are just gold. The book is written in Harvard's traditional case study method and may be a bit jargon heavy specifically for users who come from a non-management background/expertise but is a very fulfilling read for ...more
Bayo Ibi
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not so much a book per se than a collection of articles from a pretty solid cast of contributors. For those interested in this type of thing, some strong pieces on business strategy/ strategic management with good linss to real world examples.
(Some a bit dated... soubt the AOL-Time Warner merger is anything to celebrate in hindsight)
Also, a few parts a little 'hot air'-y and potentially worth a skip.
Overall, a few frameworks and angles of thinking that I can apply to my daily work in sra
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Leo Fischer
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An instructive read, it discusses several different parts of business strategy and not just disruption or leadership. The importance of aligning a business' structure and core competencies with its market strategy was well presented, with a some useful insight into when competition is zero-sum or race-to-the-bottom vs growing-the-pie.
Pranay Roy
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are insightful articles on strategy covering many examples. This is a good start to understand strategic viewpoints with practical takeaways. There are some overlaps in articles, which make it repetitive and somewhat lengthy. Overall, a useful collection, handpicked after careful consideration from HBR. Worth a read!
Captain063
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading HRB articles is a basis of understanding business. HBR has to control the translation of their editions and never leave them to independent institutions without reviewing. Some of the articles contain very old ideas and many revisions came after it, I wish that revisions were mentioned at the margins, at least.

Two points consume one star of evaluation.
Mark Bunch
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
I agree, on the subject of business strategy, this book is a must read. It opens with Michael Porter from the Harvard Business School and continues to pound out the top articles on this subject. This book is a requirement for those about to embark on strategic planning.
Ruchir
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each article matters !!

Condensation of Best Strategy articles which really matters to each organisation, each holding managerial position either government, private or NGOs. Second book to read on strategy.
Jenish Patel
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book on Strategy. The articles are very informative with Case Study of many well known companies. every author has their own unique perspective but they are all directing towards the same strategy implementation. Recommended for every Entrepreneur and B-School students.
Bilal Uzun
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strongly recommend if you work on strategy development and execution.

I liked structured approach to explain what strategy is, what is difference with operational performance and how to develop strategy.
Dorraine Rooney
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has good information
Umer Mansoor
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read. Very technical. The last two articles are geared towards very large organizations (i.e. not directly applicable to small companies or startups.)
Gregg
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
This did not translate to what I do. If you are military, focus your efforts elsewhere.
Anurag Gupta
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good management book!
Joel Salazar
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Good but outdated.
A lot of praise to AOL's strategies.
Well. How did they workout in the long run?
Latonya Rochelle
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice compendium of strategy thought.
Michael Parent
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A good set of articles, but unfortunately a little outdated. Many of the articles focused on new millennium technology. Some benchmarked companies haven’t aged well.
Joe Murphy
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Getting ready for that strategy course
Mona Akmal
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helpful. The examples are dated but still relevant. Good balance between defining strategy and executing it
Vaibhav Dhotre
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read book for those who really want to grove their business strategy in the competitive business environment."
Rob Moore
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ten great essays on business strategy. Must-read for anyone who wants to build an excellent business and wants to think big.
Caio Malufe
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of the articles are interesting, but not sure I would recommend this book ... don’t think they’ve achieved the goal of “everything you need to know about strategy”, as they claim
Manas Gajbhiye
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was exceptionally good with detailed explanations and related case study examples. It is good for those who want to understand the way an organization makes its Strategy.
Anthony
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Practical insights:
• Identifying core uniqueness. Which of our products or service varieties are the most distinctive? Which of our product or service varieties are the most profitable? Which of our products are the most satisfied? Which activities in our value chain are the most different and effective?
• The companies that are enduringly successful will be those that begin as early as possible to define and embody in their activities a unique competitive position.
• The prescri
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Carolina Esteves de Andrade
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
I just invested in myself with the HBR’S 10 Must Reads Collection by Harvard Business Review Press. This series is really good because each book has 10 of the best articles published by Harvard University on each topic. I think it is a must read for any ambitious manager, new or experienced leader.

It is easy to read, each book has approximately 300 pages. Each chapter is an article from great authors such as Peter F. Drucker, Theodore Levitt, Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton and oth
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