May 2017

30
May

Metaphors of strategy: Strategy as competition

Life is about competition as much as it is about collaboration. Human beings learn early to compete through sibling rivalry or bickering about who was first to get hold of a toy. Sporting competitions generate enormous revenues for organizers, sponsors and participants. From the World Cup to Formula 1 racing, from tennis to basketball, from professional leagues to street games

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16
May

Metaphors of strategy: Strategy as products

The activities of enterprise and people thrive on the existence of products. What we eat, where we live and where we work are all based on physical products. Technology products have also considerably influenced personal and business relationships. The dimensions of strategy are industry-related and the metaphor of strategy as products is applicable to product-based companies. For the purpose of

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9
May

Metaphors of strategy: Strategy as Leadership

Business history draws attention to instances of failure in strategy arising from failure in leadership. Undoubtedly, leadership is not always what it ought to be and its successful application is not generic. As I proffered in a previous article on “Strategy as People”, strategy does not just happen, people make it happen. Leadership involves and requires people. Changes in leadership

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2
May

Metaphors of Strategy: Strategy as accident

Strategy and its outcomes are not always as deliberate as they appear. Strategy is deliberate action but it can also be strangely accidental. Businesses begin by accidents of time and thought blended with action. This article highlights four ways in which strategy can be accident first before it is followed through with purposeful action. Extension by accident It happens in

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