KEY BENEFIT: Strategy and the Business Landscape is based on contemporary research in the field of strategy and adopts a value-focused, firm-centered perspective that promotes an analytical approach to strategy.
KEY TOPICS: Origins of strategy, mapping the business landscape, creating competitive advantage, anticipating competitive dynamics, sustaining superior performance, and choosing a corporate scope.
MARKET: This text is designed to help managers and business professionals master a body of analytical tools and develop an integrative point of view when making strategic choices.
Could be Better
By R. Lyubovitzky on Jun 22, 2007
The text is very heavy on the theory and provides a good background in the subject matter. Less pompous writing style could make it more readable. There are numerous spelling errors and instances of the words confused (tack instead of track, stricture instead of structure). Maybe upcoming editions will be better.
Really disappointing and useless.
By Acheteur on Oct 02, 2005
This book is really disappointing. When the it was delivered at home, I thought the box was empty: the book is as thin as a magazine! The content is very theorical, completely useless for executives. Maybe OK for students who have no clue at all about what strategy is, but definitely useless for executives.
By Dc on Nov 15, 2011
We're about halfway through this book in our class, and it is complete and utter garbage. It's poorly written, hard to understand, and the author seems to be going out of his way to be as obtuse as possible when explaining key concepts. He also fails to define many terms, even after highlighting the terms in the text. This book was clearly written for an academic audience, not students. So if you're a professor, please avoid assigning this book to your classes. It's slow torture. If you're a student, make sure to have a few cups of coffee handy before you start each chapter.
Sorry, but no
By Ds on Nov 06, 2011
This is one of the most poorly written books that I have been asked to read. I did not expect a strategic management book to be a page turner, but this takes comprehensible concepts and make them unreadable. The author has no cadence or flow to his writing. You have to reread a passage a couple of times to try to extract a pretty simple point. Save yourself some money; purchase a couple of reprints from the Harvard Business review, and you will be ahead of your peers who read this book.
High-level material, not recommended for students or people new to the subject
By Hamibab on Nov 16, 2010
Being an MBA student, I got to study this book for my "Strategic Management" course. I found the book material difficult to understand on my own without the help of the professor slides and explanations since the it touches different topics at a very high-level without going deeply into details and a good description of the tools and methods. Even the graphs are not self-explanatory and miss important information to help the reader understand them. In a nutshell, the book is not recommended for students or folks that are new to this subject but it might be useful for those who already have some preliminary knowledge on the topic.
Brilliant Structural Analysis
By Ruediger Schmidt on Jul 22, 2000
"Strategy and the Business Landscape" is a superb guide to the current field of strategic management, illustrated by recent and well-researched case studies. The brilliant structure and convincing presentation of state of the art literature is to the point and remains, to my mind, unmatched. Ghemawat's work has helped me tremendously to develop a more complete picture of the ever-evolving field of strategic management. At the same time, deficits are revealed and many original thoughts are introduced. This is what gives this textbook an inspiring and very valuable quality.
Nothing good to say, except
By R. Smith on Jul 14, 2008
the picture on the front cover is very nice. As far as the text goes, you are better off waiting for the movie. This is three or four pages of information drug out into a full book. Yikes.
By Aaron on Jul 08, 2014
Ghemawat offers quite a bit of good information. It was a cumbersome read at times, but the chapters are short enough to read more than once (and really, shouldn't you do that anyway?)