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Profiting From Uncertainty: Strategies for Succeeding No Matter What the Future Brings Kindle Edition
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"The title says it all...Schoemaker guides us through the uncertainties and anxieties that confound business post-dotcom/post-September 11/post-Enron/post-economic downturn. He shows how businesspeople can create scenarios that will make them prepared and how the prepared can exploit the opportunities inherent in an uncertain world." (Professor Marvin Zonis, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago)
"This is the strategic equivalent of a good liberal arts education. It teaches you a broad-based approach that will keep you from being surprised by change." (Alberto Ibargüen Publisher, The Miami Herald)
"Paul Schoemaker describes a strategic process that will better prepare organizations for the future. This book is an invaluable guide for managers in both the public and private sectors." (Henry Hatch, 47th Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Commanding General) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B009K5LOJW
- Publisher : Free Press; Reprint edition (25 December 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 7451 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,956,641 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As I write this review, companies in all manner of industries face as much uncertainty as likely has ever existed in modern business times. Many a CEO has told me that they are struggling not only with problems of their company but also with unbelievable uncertainty as to both the overall economy and as to their industry. Ripple effects from other industries are causing all kinds of problems. Uncertainty reigns supreme.
Schoemaker writes about an approach to strategy development and planning that embraces the uncertainty, and he goes even further to encourage management to profit from uncertainty. I love the way his holistic approach weaves together strategy development best practices, decision theory, organizational behavior, and dynamic monitoring. Brilliant!
When written in the year following the 9/11 catastrophe, uncertainty was an important factor for management to consider and the author gives insightful examples of companies doing exactly that. But, in today's global meltdown, planning for uncertainty becomes an absolute necessity.
In a sense, this was a book written ahead of its time. But, you can expect to see more and more books emulating this gem over the next twelve to eighteen months. No need to wait for those books, this book is the pace setter.
The notion of planning for uncertainty is intellectually stimulating. Fortunately, Schoemaker writes very clearly with none of the pomposity so common to writing by many of the academically gifted. Concepts are well explained and thoughtfully illustrated. The organization of the material is first rate, and the editing a pleasure compared to the norm in today's business books.
This is one of the finest business books I have ever read. And, it certainly is a critical prescription for every executive struggling to deal with so much uncertainty, right in the middle of a downturn that I believe will turn out to be as severe as anything since the Great Depression.
I strongly recommend the book...and the implementation of the concepts set out by this brilliant strategist.