Preface: Stephen Cummings, David Wilson and Robin Wensley.
1. Images of Strategy: Stephen Cummings and David Wilson.
2. Strategy as Ethos: Stephen Cummings.
3. Strategy as Organizing: Karen Legge.
4. Strategy as Intention and Anticipation: Robin Wensley.
5. Strategy as Orchestrating Knowledge: John McGee.
6. Strategy as Data + Sense Making: Bob Galliers and Sue Newell.
7. Strategy as Creativity: Chris Bilton, Stephen Cummings and David Wilson.
8. Strategy as Exploration and Interconnection: Duncan Angwin.
9. Strategy as Systems Thinking: John Brocklesby and Stephen Cummings.
10. Strategy as Process, Power and Change: Andrew Pettigrew.
11. Strategy as Marketing: Peter Doyle.
12. Strategy as Numbers: Chris Smith.
13. Strategy as Decision Making: David Wilson.
Afterword: Gibson Burrell.
"Images of Strategy breaks new ground. It takes us away from the stale bureaucratic metaphors of strategy towards a dynamic field that is much more useful to the real world of business. Images of Strategy is a must read for all who call themselves "strategic thinkers. The academic field of strategy won't be the same." R Edward Freeman, Darden University of Virginia
"This is one of the most refreshing books in strategy that I have seen for a long time. It blends smoothly Porter's rigour, Mintzberg's playfulness and Morgan's multi-perspectivism. Cummings and Wilson have brought together a number of fascinating papers and have done so within an eclectic yet insightful framework that stretches from the ancient Greeks to postmodern philosophers. A wonderfully refreshing book!" Haridimos Tsoukas, University of Strathclyde
“Images of Strategy…puts forward a way of looking at strategy development that seeks to acknowledge, combine and network ideas from a variety of perspectives. Practiced in this spirit, the approach is a refreshing, challenging, and energizing one that can potentially stimulate significant breakthroughs in theory and practice. Images of Strategy is a fascinating book to read. It is targeted to managers interested in strategy. Will it help them become better strategists? I believe so!” William D. Guth, Academy of Management Review, July 2004
- An innovative and multi-functional approach to strategic management.
- Approaches strategy from different viewpoints: functional, eg technology and systems management, marketing, accounting and HRM, and analytical, eg organization theory, game theory and knowledge management
- Helps students to analyse, integrate and apply the many competing functional elements of strategic choice in today's world.
- Includes case examples to illustrate the chapters.
- Provides further reading sections and student questions
- Written by a team of top management scholars with many years of successful MBA teaching experience.