These lectures are loosely organized around several key topics central to effective strategic thinking, including: principles of conflict (in which you'll follow the development of strategic theory from its roots in great military campaigns to its modern applications in business); competitive intelligence (which plays an increasingly important role in strategic thinking); and tools of strategy and analysis (which can aid your understanding of the forces that shape our future and can help you make sense of a rapidly changing world).
Central to these lectures are the tools and tricks that strategic thinkers have used to better approach problems and seek lasting solutions. Among those you'll learn how to use are the indirect approach (which offers you a much greater utility in achieving your objectives without approaching your opponent head-on); the value chain (a method that divides your team or organization into its value - producing activities so you can better inform yourself on its internal strengths and weaknesses; and the four actions framework (in which you ask yourself four questions to challenge your established logic in an effort to gain a stronger competitive advantage).
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Von Markus Am hilfreichsten 30.09.2017
Doesn't fit into the series/no scientific claims
If you like reading books on "The 10 most important things to.." or "How to gain sustainable success in.." you might be in good hands. If you expect a scientific approach to strategic thinking (theories etc), you will be disappointed - this audiobook does not fit into the Great Courses series.
Apart the redundant wording (subjective), the author's style does hardly allow for making a distinction if the text is his own opinion or if he is paraphrasing the work of others. To be more precise, he mixes up elements of biographies with kind of case studies and historical notes and builds stories around that. Nice to hear/read, but scientific studies are completely missing. Even when he quotes "tremendous success" of some managers and/or generals, all that can be summarized as hindsight-bias. If a general had success, he was bold and had strategic insight (even if or because of the violation of basic rules). If he failed, it was clear from the very beginning. NB: I'd recommend Phil Rosenzweig's The Halo Effect.....
Most of the conclusions are drawn from such singular stories. If you expect discussions of a hypothesis raised on a scientific basis (eg studies on internal and external validity), you will end up disillusioned. It seems that the authority of the lecturer must act as a substitute for the hard scientific work of arguing via verifiable theories, their quotation and application.
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