Accomodating strategy

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This is not to say that planning isn’t useful, but other than some long term technology plans, the day of the 5 year and even 2 year plans has faded and emergent strategy is the reality in most industries that I work with.  You must be much more fleet of foot, strategic flexibility is what we are looking for in most industries. For many, albeit not all, knowing what industry you are in is not as clear cut as it once was.

” Fair point, nevertheless, it seems that strategy has shifted in the last decade to where the planning school no longer has the street cred it once had.

The output was 3 ring binders in North America and 2 ring binders in Europe.

This worked well in its day, back in the 80s and part of the 90s, wonderful times now looking back on it, when the past was quite helpful in predicting the future.

There are two people, and only two, whose ideas must be taught to every MBA in the world: Michael Porter and Henry Mintzberg.  This was true more than 25 years ago, when I did my MBA at USC.

These are two academics who have had real impact for a long time.  Part of their success, beyond having big relevant ideas, is due to their clear and concise writing skills (There is certainly a lesson in there for many of us business school academics).

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