Courses, Forum, video – gasp!

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Everything seems to be happening at once round here. Having got the book out … and decided to rebuild the MBA course entirely around it … and record it all for others to use in class and professional training … and start a Forum for course participants and everyone else to use … and offer loads of new learning materials – Christina and I are just about done in !

Ah well, only another thousand hours to get it all finished ...

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Why business ignores the business schools

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This FT article regrettably makes public what can no longer be kept as private grief within the business schools – and Strategy is amongst the wp_ offenders !
There’s no gentle way to say this – virtually no-one uses the ‘tools’ we teach, because they don’t do anything useful. Take a look at the latest survey of management tools by consultants Bain & Co. The only strategy ‘tools’ mentioned [‘strategic planning’ and ‘growth strategy tools’] aren’t tools at ...

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Strategy and leadership

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I see the latest Harvard Business Review (Jan 08) includes a nice piece from Cynthia Montgomery on ‘Putting leadership back into strategy‘. It makes important points  … that strategy is about creating value [a.k.a. growing future cash flows], rather than sustaining high profitability … that strategy is a continuous process of improvement rather than an occasional event … and that strategy is the CEO’s job.

Not so sure about the implication that this ‘leadership’ is a semi-mystical ...

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