Strategy Dynamics Briefing 9: Links to the ‘resource based view’ of strategy

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Have you ever puzzled over academic concepts?

Thought…
What does this mean? Should I be using this?

This briefing discusses some academic stuff, which is important for teachers to understand. It’s useful for professionals too, because you may come across these concepts, puzzle about what they mean, and wonder if you should be using them. I have put a few key references at the end.

In very simple terms, the academic study of strategy and performance has shifted its attention in recent decades. ...

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Anger at business schools

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Fired up by some stinging criticism from a former student, Joel M. Podolny once at HBS and Yale, shows admirable contrition for the failure of MBA programs to equip executives and their consultant advisors to run firms well. In The Buck Stops (and Starts) at Business School he vents the anger on this he shares with those outside business schools, and blames the carving up of management challenges by function that leaves academics without a holistic appreciation of ...

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Strategy – a troubled discipline

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Managers may not know or care, but this really matters. I’ve argued for professional strategic management before [search the archive], but if there’s a crisis in the discipline itself, there’s little chance of ever achieving that aim. Be clear – the academic topic of strategy is in real crisis. Students don’t like the courses, recruiters don’t value what they learn, executives don’t use its tools, and academics don’t want to be part of the field. A recent academic ...

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