Business strategy books

When teaching business strategy to MBA students in Europe, it is not obvious which texts you should use. Strategy books published in the U.S. tend to assume that students know the American context.

So, which books to use? One popular textbook is Carpenter & Sanders, Strategic Management: A Dynamic Perspective. A dynamic perspective? Why not add a few more buzzwords; global, integrated, systems, stakeholder, win-win?

I have previously used Robert Grant’s Contemporary Strategy Analysis. It was fairly concise when it came out, but with succeeding editions it became more and more bloated. However, the latest edition has shed 60 pages. Maybe it is worth taking a look at it again.

A really excellent book is R. Preston McAfee’s Competitive Solutions: The Strategist’s Toolkit. So far, it is the best book for teaching strategy I have seen.


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