Mintzberg’s destruction of Strategy

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Mintzberg’s keynote role at a conference on the MBA is a worry, but his latest foray into strategy is too serious to let pass. In Management by Reflection in S+B he continues his age-old mantra that teaching MBAs to work stuff out is pointless if not dangerous. He once sneeringly noted that MBA really stands for ‘Master in Business Analysis’. Well, he got his wish – working stuff out is now largely absent from MBA programs, especially in Strategy classes, ...

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Analysis-based strategy

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In Sloan Mgt Review Thomas Davenport of Babson College and Jeanne Harris of Accenture’s Institute For High Performance Business in What People Want Next (and How to Predict It) show how firms like Amazon.com use unprecedented data and sophisticated technology to inform decisions as never before. Great to see so much being written now about powerful strategic management being driven by data and analysis, not just gut and emotion [has anyone done ...

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