A One-Volume, MBA-Level Course on Creating--and Implementing--Powerful Corporate and Divisional Strategy
Decision makers in today's evolving corporate environment often must formulate strategy on two different levels. Corporate-level strategies must focus on a firm's overall goals and objectives. At the same time, division-level strategies require targeted decision-making to accomplish more focused, distinct tasks and responsibilities.
Corporate Strategy outlines and explains a working model for addressing the complex issues of corporate as well as divisional strategy. This straight-talking guide encompasses:
The Strategic Planning Process
Valuation of Acquisitions and Divestitures
Restructuring for Shareholder Value
For all businesses, the strategic planning process begins with executives devising strategies for growth, then managers using those strategies to approach operational issues. Corporate Strategy addresses both factions--and provides hands-on answers to the strategic issues and dilemmas faced every day by executives and managers in multidivision companies.
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In today's increasingly streamlined corporate environment, relationships between parent corporations and their subordinate divisions have been transformed. The inherent values of product and service diversification--once considered fundamental strategic requirements--are being questioned, and in many cases set aside, in favor of more focused, centralized structures.
Corporate Strategy bridges the gap, providing strategic guidance for the fundamentally linked--yet functionally separate--corporate and divisional factions. Mirroring the tactics, knowledge, and hands-on instruction found in today's finest business schools and executive education seminars, this insightful book builds a step-by-step model for setting short- and long-term corporate goals and objectives, tackling divisional strategic issues, and subsequently improving both corporate performance and shareholder value. Executives, line and staff managers, consultants, and academics can use its charts, checklists, case studies, exercises, and quizzes to:
Understand strategic similarities and differences between corporate and divisional levels
Develop a decision-making approach that involves detecting problems and opportunities--and implementing effective courses of action
Restructure a business unit to best support corporate goals and requirements
Dramatically increase work force productivity to improve both short-term profitability and long-term value
Employ time-tested, old economy processes to strengthen the financial performance of new economy organizations
Reorganize and divest to return a company to profitability--and establish cash flows beyond those needed for ongoing operations
The major, ongoing restructuring of U.S. industry has introduced a reformulated set of strategic requirements, along with new tools for meeting those requirements. Corporate Strategy provides an innovative, rigorous look at today's strategic issues, describes new tools and alternatives available to address those issues, and outlines a distinctly original--yet fundamentally sound--approach for strategic success in the competitive corporate arena of today and tomorrow.