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A collection of the best thinking from one of the most innovative management consulting firms in the worldFor more than forty years, The Boston Consulting Group has been shaping strategic thinking in business. "The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy" offers a broad and up-to-date selection of the firm's best ideas on strategy with fresh ideas, insights, and practical less A collection of the best thinking from one of the most innovative management consulting firms in the worldFor more than forty years, The Boston Consulting Group has been shaping strategic thinking in business. "The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy" offers a broad and up-to-date selection of the firm's best ideas on strategy with fresh ideas, insights, and practical lessons for managers, executives, and entrepreneurs in every industry. Here's a sampling of the provocative thinking you'll find inside: "You have to be the scientist of your own life and be astonished four times: at what is, what always has been, what once was, and what could be." "The majority of products in most companies are cash traps . . . .[They] are not only worthless, but a perpetual drain on corporate resources." "Use more debt than your competition or get out of the business." "When information flows freely, reputation, more than reciprocity, becomes the basis for trust." "As a strategic weapon, time is the equivalent of money, productivity, quality, even innovation." "When brands become business systems, brand management becomes far too important to leave to the marketing department." "The winning organization of the future will look more like a collection ofjazz ensembles than a symphony orchestra." "Most of our organizations today derive from a model whose original purpose was to control creativity." "Rather than being an obstacle, uncertainty is the very engine of transformation in a business, a continuous source of new opportunities." "IP assets lack clear property lines. Every bit of intellectual property you can own comes with connections to other valuable innovations."


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A collection of the best thinking from one of the most innovative management consulting firms in the worldFor more than forty years, The Boston Consulting Group has been shaping strategic thinking in business. "The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy" offers a broad and up-to-date selection of the firm's best ideas on strategy with fresh ideas, insights, and practical less A collection of the best thinking from one of the most innovative management consulting firms in the worldFor more than forty years, The Boston Consulting Group has been shaping strategic thinking in business. "The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy" offers a broad and up-to-date selection of the firm's best ideas on strategy with fresh ideas, insights, and practical lessons for managers, executives, and entrepreneurs in every industry. Here's a sampling of the provocative thinking you'll find inside: "You have to be the scientist of your own life and be astonished four times: at what is, what always has been, what once was, and what could be." "The majority of products in most companies are cash traps . . . .[They] are not only worthless, but a perpetual drain on corporate resources." "Use more debt than your competition or get out of the business." "When information flows freely, reputation, more than reciprocity, becomes the basis for trust." "As a strategic weapon, time is the equivalent of money, productivity, quality, even innovation." "When brands become business systems, brand management becomes far too important to leave to the marketing department." "The winning organization of the future will look more like a collection ofjazz ensembles than a symphony orchestra." "Most of our organizations today derive from a model whose original purpose was to control creativity." "Rather than being an obstacle, uncertainty is the very engine of transformation in a business, a continuous source of new opportunities." "IP assets lack clear property lines. Every bit of intellectual property you can own comes with connections to other valuable innovations."

30 review for The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    The +: - A good read. - Nice language. - Clear ideas. The -: - Most consultants write as if idiots would read them. This leads them to produce bland, oversimplified texts that I probably would have appreciated earlier. Way earlier. Maybe in kindergarten. - This would have read nice in a blog. But then again, I'm prety sure that the authors congratulated themselves on nailing the ideas as clearly as possible. Yes, they are clear and simple. Too simple. ~70% of this is self-evident and does not require The +: - A good read. - Nice language. - Clear ideas. The -: - Most consultants write as if idiots would read them. This leads them to produce bland, oversimplified texts that I probably would have appreciated earlier. Way earlier. Maybe in kindergarten. - This would have read nice in a blog. But then again, I'm prety sure that the authors congratulated themselves on nailing the ideas as clearly as possible. Yes, they are clear and simple. Too simple. ~70% of this is self-evident and does not require reading about in a book. And that's me being gratious. In reality, the % is closer to 95-99%.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    I was expecting a lot from this book, and was rather disappointed given those high expectations. Not a bad read by any means, but also a lot of rehashed older content and/or management fad material simply rebound in one book. If you've never been exposed to any of it before, it's probably more valuable than it would be otherwise.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe Murphy

    Mostly traditional MBA strategy topics with some great golden nuggets on intuition, analysis (conclusions vs decisions), systems application, and values in strategic vision, “to not only execute, but to think.” The objective of strategic vision is to “change the way we see things and not the things themselves.”Strategic vision’s development is “located in the world of thought, and not in the world of action.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Great overview of strategy thought progression from the 1960s forward. Looking back on many articles contained in this collection, I was impressed with the prescience these thinkers displayed. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sergey Dudko

    Wise executives capitalize on anomalies. They dig into them and look for ways to exploit them, asking: What’s really going on? How can we learn from this? Define the problem and do the first analysis lightly Cost of value added declines approximately 20 to 30 percent each time accumulated experience is doubled Any competitor with less than one-quarter the share of the largest competitor cannot be an effective competitor If you cannot be a leader, cash out quickly. Reinvest. Concentrate All products e Wise executives capitalize on anomalies. They dig into them and look for ways to exploit them, asking: What’s really going on? How can we learn from this? Define the problem and do the first analysis lightly Cost of value added declines approximately 20 to 30 percent each time accumulated experience is doubled Any competitor with less than one-quarter the share of the largest competitor cannot be an effective competitor If you cannot be a leader, cash out quickly. Reinvest. Concentrate All products eventually become either cash cows or pets Reported profit is only a signal. Cash is all that counts Avoiding price competition by moving into higher-margin products is called margin retreat. It leads to inevitable extinction Organizations that are able to substitute trust for contracts gain more than they lose in bargaining power Don’t rely on asking customers what they want. They almost never really know. What they can do is articulate their dissatisfactions

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott Wozniak

    This book is a collection of essays from The Boston Consulting Group (one of the largest and most prestigious business consulting firms in the world). These articles are from the 1960's to the 2010's, so there are some interesting examples of predictions that came true, like Amazon's strategy for growth being discussed back when they only sold books. The biggest drawback is that this book has all of the corporate speak ("leveraging the synergistic forces of human capital to improve our market po This book is a collection of essays from The Boston Consulting Group (one of the largest and most prestigious business consulting firms in the world). These articles are from the 1960's to the 2010's, so there are some interesting examples of predictions that came true, like Amazon's strategy for growth being discussed back when they only sold books. The biggest drawback is that this book has all of the corporate speak ("leveraging the synergistic forces of human capital to improve our market position...) that we now mock. It can be rough to read at times. The minor challenge for this book is that it's almost exclusively focused on manufacturing conglomerates (a company that owns multiple businesses that all make a physical product in factories). But if you're able to translate the overly complicated language into ideas that make sense to you and your situation, then there are actually a lot of really useful insights.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    well written. very good book to take a look at the history and theory

  8. 5 out of 5

    Igor Tkachenko

    Messy, over-broad, little if no nothing about things, that was introduced at the beginning. I haven't rate with one start, only because people, that inexperienced and know nothing about business could get some kind of system with this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori Grant

    A must-read book on strategic frameworks for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Moore

    Compendium of "Perspectives" on business strategy written by The Boston Consulting Group over the past 30 years. Also includes articles published in Harvard Business Review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cam Patterson

    audio book was a bit dry.....but there's some good stuff in it so I'll be going through it twice (I need to figure out how to take notes from an audio book while driving)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robert Grossman

    The concepts and point of view expressed are very important from a historical perspective. Today, there are some better places to get the actual material.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ben Gordon

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    David Chappell

  15. 5 out of 5

    Onur İzbul

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    Jon

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Stepp

  18. 5 out of 5

    Khalid Sait

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    Shanique

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Gao

  21. 5 out of 5

    Simon Pierre

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    Joseph Fuller

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    Zeina

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Lindstrom

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Enrique Valdivia

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    Jeremy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Malik

  29. 5 out of 5

    Renato

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karan Verma

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