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    DescriptionImagine, if you can, the world of business - without corporate strategy. Remarkably, fifty years ago that's the way it was. Businesses made plans, certainly, but without understanding the underlying dynamics of competition, costs, and customers. It was like trying to design a large-scale engineering project without knowing the laws of physics. But in the 1960s, four mavericks and their posses instigated a profound shift in thinking that turbocharged business as never before, with implications far beyond what even they imagined. In The Lords of Strategy, renowned business journalist and editor Walter Kiechel tells, for the first time, the story of the four men who invented corporate strategy as we know it and set in motion the modern, multibillion-dollar consulting industry: Bruce Henderson, founder of Boston Consulting Group Bill Bain, creator of Bain & Company Fred Gluck, longtime Managing Director of McKinsey & Company Michael Porter, Harvard Business School professor Providing a window into how to think about strategy today, Kiechel tells their story with novelistic flair. At times inspiring, at times nearly terrifying, this book is a revealing account of how these iconoclasts and the organizations they led revolutionized the way we think about business, changed the very soul of the corporation, and transformed the way we work.


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    Title
    The Lords of Strategy
    Subtitle
    The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Walter Kiechel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 599 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781591397823
    ISBN 10: 1591397820
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: KJC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17850
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Libri: I-BE
    BISAC V2.8: BUS063000
    DC22: 658.4012, 658.4/012
    B&T Approval Code: A48404234
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HD30.28 .K496 2010
    Thema V1.0: KJC
    Publisher
    Harvard Business Review Press
    Imprint name
    Harvard Business Review Press
    Publication date
    11 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Author Information
    Walter Kiechel III has been the editorial director of Harvard Business Publishing and the managing editor at Fortune magazine. He has written articles and columns on all aspects of business, and is the author of a previous book, Office Hours: A Guide to the Managerial Life (Little, Brown, 1989). He received AB, MBA, and JD degrees from Harvard, and served five years in the U.S. Navy.
    Review quote
    "[Kiechel's] 'The Lords of Strategy' is a clear, deft and cogent portrait of what the author calls the most powerful business idea of the past half-century..." -- The Wall Street Journal "This enjoyable book deserves consideration for your physical or virtual bookshelf." -- The Journal of Product Innovation Management "I must say that you've written a great book that reads almost like a juicy tell all." -- Consulting Magazine "Even though we are only 4 months into 2010, it is pretty likely this is going to be the best business book of the year for me. If you are considering, currently in, or recently graduated from, an MBA program, you really must read this book. If this book had been written 10 years ago, it would have saved me a good deal of trouble making my own career decisions." -- RibbonFarm.com Named one of "5 Smart Books" on the origins of the strategies -- SmartMoney.com "...Kiechel has done a real service...in bringing his subject to life. The book serves as a primer as well as a history, and as such almost any executive or B-school student would do well to pick it up." --The Conference Board Review "engaging book" - Strategy + Business
    Table of contents
    Table of Contents Preface: Three Common Suppositions to Be Discarded 1. Strategy as a Case to Be Cracked 2. Bruce Henderson Defines the Subject 3. The Experience Curve Delivers a Shock 4. Loading the Matrix 5. What Bill Bain Wanted 6. Waking Up McKinsey 7. Michael Porter Encounters the Surreal 8. The Human Stain 9. The Paradigm That Failed? 10. Struggling to Make Something Actually Happen 11. Breaking the World Into Finer Pieces 12. The Wizards of Finance Reveal Strategy's True Purpose 13. How Competencies Came to Be Core 14. The Revolution Conquers the World 15. Three Versions of Strategy as People Coda: The Future of Corporate Strategy