Wicked Strategies: How Companies Conquer Complexity and Confound Competitors
Published: July 2016© 2016
Imprint: Rotman-UTP Publishing
Page Count: 200 Pages
Illustrations: 33 figures
Dimensions: 6.34 x 9.29
200 Pages, 6.34 x 9.29 x 0.69 in, 33 figures
In business, some problems are so complex, intractable and threatening to organizations—or entire industries—that they are best described as “wicked.” These problems appear to be unsolvable and they render traditional analytical tools of strategy virtually impotent.
Wicked Strategies offers a comprehensive framework for identifying, responding to and profiting from wicked problems. John C. Camillus, drawing on detailed, real-life examples from companies across the globe, has skillfully woven together the analytical techniques, processes and organizational designs that will enable managers to navigate a disruptive marketplace. His feed-forward framework for fashioning wicked strategies empowers firms to presciently transform their business models before they are made obsolete by the competition. Wicked Strategies is a practical and evocative guide that demonstrates how business leaders can profitably capitalize on unknowable futures.
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PART 1: UNDERSTANDING WICKED PROBLEMS AND WICKED STRATEGIES
Chapter 1: Wicked Problems and Wicked Strategies - Recognizing and Responding to the Challenge
Chapter 2: Disruptive Technologies - Origins and Opportunities
Chapter 3: Conflicted Stakeholders - Partnerships and Possibilities
Chapter 4: Unknowable Futures - Risks and Responses
PART 2: THE ORGANIZATIONAL ARCHITECTURE FOR WICKED STRATEGIES
Chapter 5: The Foundation of Wicked Strategic Management - Melding Innovative Business Models, Co-Creation of Value and Feed-Forward Processes
Chapter 6: Identity - Illuminating Decision Making
Chapter 7: Feed-Forward - Framing the Future
Chapter 8: Modular Structure - Supporting Transformation
PART 3: CREATING AND DEPLOYING THE FEED-FORWARD FRAMEWORK
Chapter 9: Forging Wicked Strategies - Crafting the Feed-Forward Framework
Chapter 10: Deploying Wicked Strategies - Applying the Feed-Forward Framework
“This book is a must read! Wicked Strategies is truly useful for enlightened practitioners as well as academics.”Prof. Dr. Peter Lorange, Honorary President, Lorange Institute of Business
“Wicked Strategies offers innovative and powerful prescriptions to some of the most challenging and confounding business problems of our time.”Ira J. Gumberg, President & CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co.
“John’s advice and this book have enabled me to identify ‘wicked problems’ and how to managerially attack them, not as a problem but, in fact, as an opportunity.”William E. Hunt, President & CEO, Elmhurst Group
“Professor John Camillus’s ability to translate complexity into actionable guidance for executives continues to amaze me.”Dr. Luís María R. Calingo, President, Holy Angel University, Philippines
“Wicked Strategies addresses an important practitioner challenge, which is how to develop strategies in a fast-moving, uncertain world. John C. Camillus has written a work that builds upon concepts and frameworks that are accessible to general readers interested in business and management.”Brad Mackay, Director of Corporate Management and Chair in Strategic Management, University of Edinburgh
“I specifically urge you to embrace the recommended feed-forward approach – unless you want to end up in the list of disrupted companies!”Dr. N. Venkatraman, David J. McGrath Jr. Professor in Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business
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