- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (31 August 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070479046
- ISBN-13: 978-0070479043
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mind Of The Strategist: The Art of Japanese Business Paperback – 31 Aug 1991
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A Masterful Analysis of Company, Customer, and Competition
Kenichi Ohmae-voted by The Economist as “one of the world's top five management gurus”-changed the landscape of management strategy in The Mind of the Strategist. In this compelling account of global business domination, Ohmae reveals the vital thinking processes and planning techniques of prominent companies, showing why they work, and how any company can benefit from them.
Filled with case studies of strategic thinking in action, Ohmae's classic work inspires today's managers to excel to new heights of bold, imaginative thinking and solutions.
“In many ways, Ohmae can be considered the modern reincarnation of a much older guru, Adam Smith.”-Journal of Marketing
“A fascinating window into the mind of one of Japan's premier strategists…full of ideas about how to improve strategic thinking.”-Michael E. Porter, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University
About the Author
Internationally known as “Mr. Strategy,” Kenichi Ohmae was a partner at McKinsey & Company for 23 years, and today he is chairman of Ohmae & Associates. He is the author of more than 100 books.
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Insofar as Ohmae adheres to talking about these topics, the book is very well done. With plenty of examples he explains exactly what he means. However I felt that once the introductory paragraphs were done, the author started to toss out any old story that he felt interesting without regard to its applicability to the topic at hand. Likewise, he provides plenty of graphs which are barely labeled, barely related, and barely meaningful. Each chapter starts off really well but soon devolves into handwaving.
Though it is hard to fault him for his reliance on anecdotes about Japanese companies, a broader global pool of companies would have driven home the points better, I think. Especially since the Japanese economic bubble burst, Japanese companies have shed a lot of the stereotypical structure that he thinks so vital to their success. An updated version of this book with post-bubble analysis would be a great value, I think, but this book does not provide that.
In all, if you can come away from this book with a solid understanding of how to manage the 3 Cs and put it all together into a cohesive strategy for yourself, then the book has done its job. I'm not sure there is enough meat provided to do that, though. It's not a total loss and you won't be worse off for reading it. I give it a solid 3 stars for its good content.
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