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Best Books on Strategic Thinking

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Good Strategy Bad Strategy
The Difference and Why It Matters
Richard Rumelt - Jul 19, 2011
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Clears out the mumbo jumbo and muddled thinking underlying too many strategies and provides a clear way to create and implement a powerful action-oriented strategy for the real world Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a schoo...
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Blue Ocean Strategy
How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
W. Chan Kim - Jan 20, 2015 (first published in 1994)
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A global phenomenon now published in a record 43 languages. Over 3.5 million copies sold. A bestseller across five continents.Since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. They have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled for dif...
The Art of Strategy
A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
Avinash K. Dixit - Jan 04, 2010
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“I am hard pressed to think of another book that can match the combination of practical insights and reading enjoyment.”—Steven LevittGame theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It’s the art of anticipating your opponent’s next moves, knowing full well that your rival is trying to do the same thing to you. Though parts of game theory involve sim...
Good To Great
Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don't
Jim Collins - Oct 17, 2001
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To find the keys to greatness, Collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.The ChallengeBuilt to Last, the defining management study...
The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
Competitive Strategy
Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors
Michael E. Porter - Jun 01, 1998 (first published in 1980)
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Now nearing its 60th printing in English and translated into nineteen languages, Michael E. Porter's Competitive Strategy has transformed the theory, practice, and teaching of business strategy throughout the world. Electrifying in its simplicity -- like all great breakthroughs -- Porter's analysis of industries captures the complexity of industry ...
The 4 Disciplines of Execution
Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
Chris McChesney - Apr 12, 2016 (first published in 2011)
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“The 4 Disciplines of Execution is a book every leader should read.” —Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma For fans of Good to Great and The First 90 Days, The Four Disciplines of Execution is the foundational text for creating lasting organizational change. A #1 Wall Street Journal bestsell...
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The Art of War
Sun Tzu - Apr 12, 2017 (first published in 500)
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Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should b...
The Economist
Business Strategy 3rd edition
Jeremy Kourdi - Mar 26, 2015 (first published in 2003)
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The effectiveness of a good strategy well implemented determines a business' future success or failure. Yet history is full of strategic decisions, big and small, that were ill-conceived, poorly organised and consequently disastrous. This updated guide looks at the whole process of strategic decision-making - from vision, forecasting, and resource ...
The Decision Book
Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking (Fully Revised Edition)
Mikael Krogerus - May 08, 2018 (first published in 2008)
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Every day, we face the same questions: How do I make the right decision? How can I work more efficiently? And, on a more personal level, what do I want?This updated edition of the international bestseller distills into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models used in MBA courses, and elsewhere, that will help you tackle these important...
The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert A. Caro - Jul 12, 1975 (first published in 1974)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Boyd by Robert Coram
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
Playing to Win by A. G. Lafley
Strategy by B. H. Liddell Hart
Your Strategy Needs a Strategy by Martin Reeves
Strategy Safari by Henry Mintzberg
The Whole Brain Business Book, Second Edition by Ned Herrmann
The Strategy Paradox by Michael E. Raynor
Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
Billion Dollar Lessons by Paul B. Carroll