Crafting Successful Strategies

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What do executives need to know to become better strategists? Open access to these three MIT Sloan Management Review articles about mastering the art of setting strategy is provided courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Mastering Strategy

How can executives develop their skills as strategists? One way is to learn from the masters.

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Which Strategy When?

Managers must figure out when it’s best to pursue strategies of position, leverage or opportunity.


Facing Disruption

Keep Calm and Manage Disruption

Disruption can be averted, and many businesses manage through it by beating the new competition, joining them, or waiting them out. “To be sure, facing disruption is no picnic,” writes Joshua S. Gans, author of The Disruption Dilemma. “But it also isn’t the existential threat that so many see it as.” Many businesses are finding ways to weaken disruptive events, sometimes by investing aggressively in the new innovation after entrants had brought it to market or by acquiring the entrants and the actual disruption.


The Underpinnings of Strategy


What is Your Strategy’s Big Idea?

At the core of every great strategy is a novel and distinctive concept.


The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations

A focus on execution is undermining managers’ ability to develop strategy and leadership skills.


Stop Jumping to Solutions!

To get the best results from a decision matrix, managers should expand the options used to frame it.


Do You Know What Really Drives Your Business’s Performance?

Performance topology maps offer managers a signpost pointing toward smarter strategies.

Innovation Strategy

How to Succeed with Radical Innovation

August 2, 2016 | J.P. Eggers (NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business), interviewed by Frieda Klotz

New research by J.P. Eggers of NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and Aseem Kaul of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management looks at how companies pursue radical invention and the success of those efforts. The researchers found that highly capable firms have much less motivation to take risks because they’re already so successful — but that they’re the ones most likely to succeed when they try to innovate.


Strategic Communications


The Rise of Visual Content Online

Images have taken on a broader role in representing brands, communicating value, and cultivating identity.


Reading Global Clients’ Signals

Big data analysis can help geographically distributed companies monitor customer satisfaction.


Sustainability Dialects

In the fourth part of the series, Gregory Unruh describes how sustainability can be introduced into the business dialects of functional areas.

Developing a Digital Culture

“One Weird Trick” to Digital Transformation

| Gerald (Jerry) C. Kane

Developing the characteristics of an effective digital culture is one clear path that companies can follow to becoming digital mature, regardless of industry or company size.

Operations Strategies