Strategy Classics

Get to know the seminal books every educated executive can cite in a crunch.

Competitive Strategy

Michael E. Porter

Free Press, 1980


This is the key textbook for understanding corporate strategy. Read it and sound wise (in fact, you might even be wise.)
In Search of Excellence

Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman

HarperBusiness, 1988


This business classic gives you models for eight paths to excellence, all based on simplicity and common sense. Now, walk the walk.
Lean Thinking

James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones

Simon & Schuster, 1996


Turn your company into a lean, mean, money-making machine by trimming away anything — and anyone — that doesn’t contribute to customer value.
Seven Strategy Questions

Robert Simons

Harvard Business Review Press, 2010


Apply just seven questions to create a workable strategic plan.