The Thinking Strategist: Unleashing the Power of Strategic Management to Identify, Explore and Solve Problems

Vickie Cox Edmondson
University of Georgia, USA


Product Details
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781787561588
Published:
08 Oct 2018
Publisher:
Emerald Publishing Limited
Dimensions:
248 pages - 152 x 229mm
The success of any strategic management process within an organization depends greatly on its ability to manage stakeholders. Stakeholders with competing expectations and demands are actively involved in the implementation of strategy, have a vested interest in the success or failure of organizations, and most importantly, can derail your strategic efforts.  

As per its title, The Thinking Strategist promotes the strategic management process as a way to identify, explore and solve problems. It succinctly provides useful advice and practical tools to strengthen decision making and problem solving skills to accomplish organizational goals, exceed objectives, and to get top management and other key stakeholder support.  

Ideal for business students and aspiring managers who seek to distinguish themselves as people who make success happen, The Thinking Strategist provides key concepts and principles, as well as analytical tools and frameworks used by organizations, to help identify, select, and implement appropriate solutions to problems that can lead to a competitive advantage and long-term success. The book is designed to help develop the skills, confidence, business judgment, and resilience needed not only to be successful but to be a driver of decision making and problem solving. To be an expert – a thinking strategist.
PART I: SETTING EXPECTATIONS
SECTION A: SEE YOURSELF AT THE TOP 
1. What Is Strategy And Why Is It Important To Anyone Not At The Top? 
2. The Process, the Players and the Stakes 
3. The Art of Judgment 
SECTION B: BUSINESS ACUMEN 
4. Problem Not Currently Solved 
5. Criteria for Good Strategy 
PART II: THE VAULT 
SECTION A: TAKING STOCK 
1. Gathering Information with a Shared Goal in Mind 
2. What Does A Company’s Internal Environment Reveal About Its Strategy - Structure Relationship?
3. Evaluating a Company’s External Environment: The Firm-Industry-Society Relationship 
4. Gaining Alignment on What is Happening and Why 
SECTION B: CRAFTING STRATEGY FOR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE 
5. Theory Linking Strategy to Performance Objectives 
6. Strategies for Overcoming Constraints 
7. Brainstorming and Collaborative Decision Making 
SECTION C: ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING THROUGH STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION 
8. Linking Implementation to Objectives 
9. Managing Talent, Time, and Money 
10. The Art of Gaining Commitment by Raising the Stakes 
SECTION D: ASSESSING PROGRESS AND IMPACT 
11. Strategy Evaluation and Control 
12. Strategic Communications
Vickie Cox Edmondson, Professor of Management, has taught strategic management, a business capstone course, since 1994. She most recently taught the course for seven years at Morehouse College where she served as the first Associate Provost for Student Success. Dr. Cox Edmondson taught the course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in an academic appointment for 15 years, and at the University of Georgia while pursuing a doctorate degree in the discipline. More information can be found at her personal website: https://www.vickiecoxedmondson.com/

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