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Professor Cynthia A. Montgomery, who taught at Harvard Business School for more than 20 years, including six years leading the Entrepreneur, Owner, President (EOP) program, shares her process for learning to create and oversee strategy. Writing in a straightforward, engaging style, Montgomery offers ideas that are not too complex for beginner strategic thinkers but not so simple that experienced professionals cannot benefit from their insights. getAbstract recommends Montgomery’s case studies and her extensive classroom experience to current and aspiring business leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why strategy must inform every single aspect of running a business,
  • How purpose shapes and directs a company, and
  • What skills a strategist needs.

About the Author

Cynthia A. Montgomery has taught strategy at Harvard Business School for more than 20 years, most recently in its flagship executive program for owner-managed companies. She has served on the board of two Fortune 500 companies, numerous nonprofits and a number of BlackRock-managed mutual funds.



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