Best Strategy Books

There are so many books on strategy and the related subjects that the choice can seem overwhelming and if you take a look at Amazon, then you don’t really know where to start.

I read and review many books but I thought it would be useful to put together a category of the best strategy books.

These are the classics that I think should be read by anyone with a deep interest in strategy although they are probably not suitable for general MBA students (except as a reference for tightly defined subjects) and entrepreneurs, business owners and general managers.

Enter into the debate by leaving comments against the strategy books you’ve read that I’ve reviewed Strategy Books

Creating Value by Shiv Mathur and Alfred Kenyon

by Paul Simister on October 14, 2011

Creating Value :  Shaping Tomorrow’s Business Today by Shiv Mathur and Alfred Kenyon could be the best strategy book you’ve never heard of. It’s a fiercely original intellectual work which will challenge many of the traditional ways of thinking about business strategy. Review of Creating Value by Shiv Mathur and Alfred Kenyon Unfortunately both authors […]

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Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

by Paul Simister on September 3, 2011

Blue Ocean Strategy : How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne is a must-read book for anyone interested in business strategy, customer value and innovation. The book has been brilliantly conceived and marketed and it starts with the powerful metaphor. Blue Ocean Strategy vs […]

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Competitive Advantage By Michael Porter

by Paul Simister on June 9, 2011

The follow up to the classic book Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter is the equally influential Competitive Advantage: Creating And Sustaining Superior Performance. I first read it in 1990 when I realised strategy was the subject that combined (and reconciled) my interest in finance and marketing. I’d be so impressed with Competitive Strategy and wanted […]

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“Competitive and Corporate Strategy” by Cliff Bowman and David Faulkner is a terrific book. This lost classic is my all time favourite book about business strategy. It is even better than Michael Porter’s exceptional books “Competitive Strategy” and “Competitive Advantage” which did so much to make strategy such a compelling subject. Sadly Competitive & Corporate […]

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Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter Review

by Paul Simister on February 19, 2011

“Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors” by Michael E. Porter is a classic business strategy text and must reading for anybody who has a serious interest in business strategy. It was this book combined with Competitive Advantage which established Harvard Business School Professor, Michael Porter’s reputation as the pre-eminent thinker on business strategy […]

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