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An introductory lecture on Strategic Management for Master of Business. Forewords for upcoming series of lectures on Strategic Management

An introductory lecture on Strategic Management for Master of Business. Forewords for upcoming series of lectures on Strategic Management

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  • 1. Strategic Management Master of Business Administration Muhammad Abdullah
  • 2. What is Strategy? • Strategy has a long antecedent – Sun Tzu The Art of War & Karl Von Clausewitz • Strategy is about achieving a competitive advantage • Meeting customer needs better than rivals • Porter (1996) competitive strategy is about being different
  • 3. Studying Strategy I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together. Karl Von Clausewitz 1780-1831 Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu 544-496 B.C.
  • 4. Some Definitions…. “Strategy noun: a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim: time to develop a coherent economic strategy; [mass noun] shifts in marketing strategy” C Soanes and A Stevenson (Eds), “The Oxford Dictionary of English”, Oxford University Press, 2003 “Strategy is about how an organization sets about getting to where it wants to get ” J Thompson and F Martin, “Strategic Management: Awareness and Change”, 5th Edition, Thomson, 2005, p.xvii “Strategy is the direction and scope of an organisation over the long term, which achieves advantage for the organisation” G Johnson and K Scholes “Exploring Corporate Strategy”, 6th Edition, Pearson, 2002, p10
  • 5. Agenda I. Strategy Dimensions  Strategy Process  Strategy Content  Strategy Context II. Organizational Purpose III. Introduction to the Readings
  • 6. Strategy Dimensions
  • 7. Strategy Dimensions Aspects of the Strategy Process
  • 8. Strategy Context Industry, organizational and International
  • 9. What is Strategy? • Markides (1999) selecting a strategic position an organization can call its own based on: • Who should the organization target as customers? • What products or services should be offered? • How can the organization do this efficiently?
  • 10. What is Strategy? • Kay (1993) an organization’s strategy is ‘…the match between its internal capabilities and external relationships’ • Internal: what the organization is capable of doing • External: Its relationship with employees, customers, shareholders, and suppliers. • The use of analytical techniques allows the firm to influence its position in the market
  • 11. The Matching Concept: Strategy as “Fit” Internal Analysis - Resources & Capabilities MATCHING External Analysis - Environment PROCESS Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities, Threats • • • • SWOT is the most misused technique by students Avoid a long list - what is really important? Try to “match” SW with OT Should be a summary of analysis useful as a basis to judge future options against
  • 12. What is Strategy? • The process of creating a strategy is called strategic management • Strategic management consists of: strategy analysis, strategy formulation, and strategy implementation • In reality these elements are interdependent and should not be considered in isolation • Strategy analysis, formulation, and implementation all need to be considered if the organization is to meet the needs of its environment
  • 13. What is Strategy? • Strategy analysis is a useful starting point for crafting strategy • It includes the general and competitive environment facing the organization • It also deals with the organization’s internal environment • Strategic analysis helps the organization evaluate how well it is positioned to exploit external opportunities
  • 14. What is Strategy? • Strategy formulation usually takes place at the business and corporation level • Strategic analysis is important for strategy formulation • So too is creative insights which synthesize experiences that exist within the organization to form a novel strategy • An organization is seldom faced with only one strategy which means it is necessary to evaluate competing strategies
  • 15. What is Strategy? • Strategy implementation requires the organization to be sufficiently flexible • A given strategy must be effectively communicated with stakeholders inside and outside the organization • The organization’s values are crucial in sign-posting to individuals what the organization considers important • An organization’s culture will determine how it responds to opportunities that exist
  • 16. What is Strategy? • A vision is often associated with the founder of an organization • It represents a desired state the organization aspires to achieve in the future • A mission seeks to answer the fundamental question of why an organization exists • Campbell et al. (1990) make a distinction between mission and sense of mission
  • 17. The Ashridge Mission Model Why the company exists Purpose The competitive position and distinctive competence Strategy Values Behaviour Standards The policies and behaviour patterns that underpin the distinctive competencies and the value system What the company believes in
  • 18. What is Strategy? • The assumptions on which an organization has been built and the basis on which it is run are its theory of business • It includes assumptions about markets, customers, competitors, and its internal capabilities • Organization encounter difficulties when their theory of business no longer fit with reality • A organization’s theory of business becomes obsolete when it has achieved its objectives
  • 19. STRATEGIC DRIFT • Over time, paradigms about “what works” to deliver success can become entrenched. However reality of what is required may drift away from organisational “position”  Strategic Drift G Johnson and K Scholes “Exploring Corporate Strategy”, 6th Edition, Pearson, 2002, p81
  • 20. What is Strategy? • Corporate strategy is concerned with which markets an organization wants to compete in • Business strategy deals with how an organization will compete in its chosen industry or market • Functional strategy occurs according to functional lines such as R&D, marketing and finance
  • 21. What is Strategy? • The Design School seeks to match the capabilities of the organization to the opportunities within its competitive environment • This rationalist approach is exemplified by Michael Porter’s generic strategies • The Learning School emphasizes deliberate and emergent strategies • A deliberate strategy is one the organization intends to pursue • An emergent strategies involves managerial learning and experience that coalesce into a realised strategy
  • 22. What is Strategy? A strategic management framework A strategy must take account of the organization’s stakeholders if it is to succeed
  • 23. Strategy
  • 24. What is Strategy? Mintzberg et al Plan Ploy Position Perspective Pattern Terminology Vision Mission Objectives Strategies L Bellamy - Leeds Business School - 2011
  • 25. Intended vs Realised Strategy H Mintzberg “Five Ps for Strategy” in H Mintzberg, J Lampel, J B Quinn and S Ghoshal “The Strategy Process: Concepts, Contexts, Cases”, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003, p5
  • 26. The Matching Concept: Strategy as “Fit” Internal Analysis - Resources & Capabilities MATCHING PROCESS Strategy as “Stretch” Strategic Position External Analysis - Environment
  • 27. Strategy Formulation/ Formation • Classical Perspectives – Planning, Positioning, Design • The Strategist(s) – Learning, Cognitive, Entrepreneurial • ‘Forces’ – Culture, Environment, Configuration, Powe r Mintzberg et al (2008) Strategy Safari.

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