Summary of Seven Strategy Questions

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Seven Strategy Questions book summary
Apply just seven questions to create a workable strategic plan.


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Harvard professor of business administration Robert Simons believes that each organization has its own distinctive answers for success in strategic planning. Simons melds his extensive knowledge of business strategy, organization design and management control systems into a tightly focused, concise guide that illuminates the “seven strategy questions” everyone in your company should ask regularly and be able to answer. While this concise handbook may simplify in its quest to streamline, getAbstract recommends it to small business owners and corporate leaders as a powerful resource for uncovering the critical insights necessary for effective strategic planning.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “seven strategy questions” you should ask about your firm;
  • Why these specific questions are critical to its future success; and
  • How to use these questions to promote organizational cooperation, collaboration, and commitment to your strategic goals.


Strategic Questions and Their Implementation Imperatives
Running your business is hard work. To prosper, you need to ask the right questions. These “seven strategy questions” will help you gauge the health and prospects of your organization. Use the answers to generate workable insights...
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About the Author

Robert Simons, the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, researches business strategy and organization design.

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    Darius Hinton 2 years ago
    This summary was straight to the point and extremely useful for applying the principles of the book today. At the same time, it encourages me to purchase the book to get more insight on what each question is meant to address.
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    Manuel Luis Reis 4 years ago
    Not a very good book. Make employees responsible for metrics they don't control? Emphasize competitiveness between employees and groups and still wants collaboration? Twisted ideas, that are sure to produce bad results...
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    Dave Bartek 4 years ago
    OK... nothing really grabbed me like McKinsey's & S's, or the Kaplan Norton Balanced Scorecard, or Porter's models.
    Maybe take your pieces and pull together a bunch of 'C's framework? Context, Culture, Constraints, Competencies, Controls, Creativity, Customer??
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    Lisa Faast 4 years ago
    This is a good summary/book for either small business or for entire departments that are part of a larger organization. Can take concepts and apply them to your specific situation.
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    James Pugh 4 years ago
    ignores stakeholders (communities, ecologies). only acknowledges shareholders, customers, and employees
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    null 4 years ago
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    Trinh Xuan Phap 5 years ago
    First, i think this is a book for Sales people. However, It's great when the the summary of abstract to understand more about the book. And those question are real help for business people.

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