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What's Your Competitive Advantage? - 7 Strategies for Running a More Profitable Business in a Complex World (Paperback):... What's Your Competitive Advantage? - 7 Strategies for Running a More Profitable Business in a Complex World (Paperback)
Cliff Bowman, Paul Raspin
R330 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R40 (12%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

This business book is great for leaders, middle managers and entrepreneurs interested in the following categories; STRATEGY, LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Choose from the seven value plays to set the broad direction the firm should head in, and gain your competitive advantage. Each play has an associated set of capabilities which deliver customer value efficiently:

SPECIALIZATION - choose to focus on a single product or product group and compete through superior product performance.

ADAPTIVE - increase the system’s ability to respond to changing circumstances, particularly to changing customer needs.

LOW COST - Deliver equivalent product quality compared to competitors but with a continual and relentless focus on cost reduction

INNOVATION - Competing through product innovations.

EXCELLENCE - Continuous incremental improvement of product or service quality

NO-FRILLS - Serve price sensitive customers with a stripped down alternative product or service.

TARGETING - Focus on a specific market segment and serve the needs of these customers more effectively than less targeted rivals.

Built on insights from research into economics, strategy, organization theory and complexity science, you’ll discover a practical approach to creating value for your business in turbulent times, with advice on how to enable these plays with the structures, systems and culture of your business.

Embracing Complexity - Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence (Paperback): Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen, Cliff... Embracing Complexity - Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence (Paperback)
Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen, Cliff Bowman
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The book describes what it means to say the world is complex and explores what that means for managers, policy makers and individuals. The first part of the book is about the theory and ideas of complexity. This is explained in a way that is thorough but not mathematical. It compares differing approaches, and also provides a historical perspective, showing how such thinking has been around since the beginning of civilisation. It emphasises the difference between a complexity worldview and the dominant mechanical worldview that underpins much of current management practice. It defines the complexity worldview as recognising the world is interconnected, shaped by history and the particularities of context. The comparison of the differing approaches to modelling complexity is unique in its depth and accessibility. The second part of the book uses this lens of complexity to explore issues in the fields of management, strategy, economics, and international development. It also explores how to facilitate others to recognise the implications of adopting a complex rather than a mechanical worldview and suggests methods of research to explore systemic, path-dependent emergent aspects of situations. The authors of this book span both science and management, academia and practice, thus the explanations of science are authoritative and yet the examples of changing how you live and work in the world are real and accessible. The aim of the book is to bring alive what complexity is all about and to illustrate the importance of loosening the grip of a modernist worldview with its hope for prediction, certainty and control.

Strategic Management (Paperback): Cliff Bowman, David C. Asch Strategic Management (Paperback)
Cliff Bowman, David C. Asch
R1,196 R1,083 Discovery Miles 10 830 Save R113 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This major text for undergraduate and MBA courses in Corporate Strategy and Business Policy brings a new sophisticated strategic framework to the material it covers. It incorporates a critical review of recent techniques of external and internal appraisal, strategic option generation and of selection and evaluation as well as covering a wide range of current issues. '...its comprehensive treatment and structured approach is attractive to practitioners.' Long Range Planning

Managing Strategy (Paperback): David Asch, Cliff Bowman Managing Strategy (Paperback)
David Asch, Cliff Bowman
R1,613 Discovery Miles 16 130 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This new text by Cliff Bowman and David Asch is designed for courses in strategic management, business strategy and business policy. It will be particularly suitable for MBAs, post experience students and undergraduates taking a one semester course. It will also appeal to practising managers in a wide range of organisations who are interested in developing a sound understanding of strategic issues. The book avoids an overly theoretical approach, concentrating instead on new ideas concerning the content and process of strategy and blending this with empirical findings in the area. The result is a book which focuses on implementing strategy, taking a more action oriented approach. Case study material arising from many years of teaching in leading management schools world-wide has also been included to make this an ideal text for a variety of courses.

Extraordinary Performance from Ordinary People (Paperback): Keith Ward, Cliff Bowman, Andrew Kakabadse Extraordinary Performance from Ordinary People (Paperback)
Keith Ward, Cliff Bowman, Andrew Kakabadse
R1,026 Discovery Miles 10 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Extraordinary performance from ordinary people is a must read for the high performing manager with the ambition to reach corporate leadership status. The book is as practical as it is exciting. How to succeed and which personal qualities are required from those who display the capability for great responsibility, are the themes that run throughout. The book focuses on both the key value adding activities and disciplines for driving through change and the styles of corporate leaders that attract successExtraordinary performance from ordinary people highlights how the leaders of the company, as a corporate team, can adopt and adapt the four value creating styles. It emphasises how to recognise which leadership framework suits the challenges of particular competitive environments. This insight nurtures a confidence to act decisively adopting an approach to communication which harnesses the energies of the organisation to achieve stretching performance targets. It concentrates on how leaders make a difference by what they do. Diagnostic models that show what really works and under which circumstances are core to this book.

Designing World Class Corporate Strategies (Paperback): Andrew Kakabadse, Cliff Bowman, Keith Ward Designing World Class Corporate Strategies (Paperback)
Andrew Kakabadse, Cliff Bowman, Keith Ward
R976 Discovery Miles 9 760 Special order

Designing World Class Corporate Strategies considers the key role of corporate centres within very large, primarily multi-business organisations. At present, these corporate centres are under attack as not creating and value and merely adding cost to their groups.
The authors have developed a corporate configurations model which demonstrates four ways in which corporate centres can add significant value. However this requires the centre to act in specific ways depending on the external environment in which the group is operating.
Designing World Class Corporate Strategies is highly readable, with a large number of illustrative examples included in the text. Academic references and theoretical underpinnings are placed in the final chapter of the book, so that the book is focused on the professional market for strategy and creating value.
*The examples used are from very well known multi-national organisations in order to make the book attractive in international markets.
*Tackles important issues incorporating theoretical and practical dimensions.

Designing World Class Corporate Strategies (Hardcover): Keith Ward, Andrew Kakabadse, Cliff Bowman Designing World Class Corporate Strategies (Hardcover)
Keith Ward, Andrew Kakabadse, Cliff Bowman
R2,764 Discovery Miles 27 640 Special order

Designing World Class Corporate Strategies considers the key role of corporate centres within very large, primarily multi-business organisations. At present, these corporate centres are under attack as not creating and value and merely adding cost to their groups. The authors have developed a corporate configurations model which demonstrates four ways in which corporate centres can add significant value. However this requires the centre to act in specific ways depending on the external environment in which the group is operating. Designing World Class Corporate Strategies is highly readable, with a large number of illustrative examples included in the text. Academic references and theoretical underpinnings are placed in the final chapter of the book, so that the book is focused on the professional market for strategy and creating value.

Embracing Complexity - Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence (Hardcover): Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen, Cliff... Embracing Complexity - Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence (Hardcover)
Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen, Cliff Bowman
R2,048 Discovery Miles 20 480 Special order

The book describes what it means to say the world is complex and explores what that means for managers, policy makers and individuals. The first part of the book is about the theory and ideas of complexity. This is explained in a way that is thorough but not mathematical. It compares differing approaches, and also provides a historical perspective, showing how such thinking has been around since the beginning of civilisation. It emphasises the difference between a complexity worldview and the dominant mechanical worldview that underpins much of current management practice. It defines the complexity worldview as recognising the world is interconnected, shaped by history and the particularities of context. The comparison of the differing approaches to modelling complexity is unique in its depth and accessibility. The second part of the book uses this lens of complexity to explore issues in the fields of management, strategy, economics, and international development. It also explores how to facilitate others to recognise the implications of adopting a complex rather than a mechanical worldview and suggests methods of research to explore systemic, path-dependent emergent aspects of situations. The authors of this book span both science and management, academia and practice, thus the explanations of science are authoritative and yet the examples of changing how you live and work in the world are real and accessible. The aim of the book is to bring alive what complexity is all about and to illustrate the importance of loosening the grip of a modernist worldview with its hope for prediction, certainty and control.

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