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Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations

Strategic IQ: Creating Smarter Corporations

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In today's world, only the smartest survive. The competitive landscape is littered with graves of well-known firms whose revenues, profits and stock prices rose for decades until they suddenly imploded.

In fast-changing business environments, firms must adapt their strategies and innovate to remain at the top. But many successful firms fail to do so. Instead, they succumb to inertia, hesitate, or stick blindly to their old strategies, until it is too late.

The ability to adapt to change is a measure of intelligence; so why do firms demonstrate such low Strategic IQ? What causes inertia and why is it so deadly? How can leaders help their firms to act more intelligently?

This book identifies the key sources of inertia - strategic, structural and huma - and provides practical advice on how they can be overcome to create smarter corporations. It is both a wake-up call for successful firms and a lifeline for firms struggling to succeed.

To successful firms - beware You may already be dead

To struggling firms - have hope It is possible to pass powerful competitors by raising your strategic, structural and human IQ.

Praise for Strategic IQ

Hard-hitting and stimulating, Wells' thesis carries a robust message that should make business leaders the world over sit up and think.
--Archie Norman, Chairman of ITV, UK

Wells makes a compelling case for dramatic change.
--Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples, USA



Author: John Wells
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Published: 06/05/2012
Pages: 318
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.20w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780470978283

About the Author

John Wells is Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He teaches many courses on strategy innovation and change in the MBA and Executive Development programs, including his own courses on Strategic IQ.
Dr Wells graduated with a double first in physics from Oxford University, specializing in nuclear and solid state. He received his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F Baker Scholar, graduating first his class, and a Dean's Doctoral Fellow.
Dr Wells has combined a career in academia with extensive business experience. He has been a senior executive, a director, a business school president, and a CEO. He has also been an advisor, a coach and a facilitator to senior executives and firms, large and small, in numerous sectors of the economy. He has also advised governments on competitiveness.
Dr Wells has written over 50 cases on strategy and innovation and speaks regularly on the subject around the world. His wide-ranging research interests include business model innovation, social strategy, responsible leadership, relevant learning and family capitalism.


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