Strategy Classics

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

Competitive Strategy
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Michael E. Porter

Free Press, 1980

(9)

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
Book
 

Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman

HarperBusiness, 1988

(9)

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

James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones

Simon & Schuster, 1996

(6)

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
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Robert Simons

Harvard Business Review Press, 2010

(8)

Apply just seven questions to create a workable strategic plan.