The Mind of the Strategist

The Art of Japanese Business

Kenichi Ohmae

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 1982, 283 pages

ISBN: 0-07-047904-6

Keywords: Strategy

Last modified: June 11, 2011, 4:56 p.m.

Since its original publication by McGraw-Hill almost 10 years ago, this best-selling guide to the inner workings of Japanese strategic thinking has become an acknowledged classic.

Kenichi Ohmae — a business strategist of international renown — provides a compelling account of the reasons why certain companies dominate the global business arena. The book is packed with keen insights into their business thinking processes and planning techniques, why they work, and how companies can benefit from focusing on the three essential elements of any strategic plan: company, customer, and competition.

Replete with numerous illustrative case histories of strategic thinking in action, Omhae's classic work continues to inspire managers at all levels to new heights of bold, imaginative strategic thinking.

  • Part 1: The Art of Strategic Thinking
    1. Analysis: The Starting Point
    2. Four Routes to Strategic Advantage
    3. Focusing on Key Factors
    4. Building on Relative Superiority
    5. Pursuing Aggressive Initiatives
    6. Exploiting Strategic Degress of Freedom
    7. The Secret of Strategic Vision
  • Part 2: Building Successful Strategies
    1. The Strategic Triangle
    2. Customer-Based Strategies
    3. Corporate-Based Strategies
    4. Competitor-Based Strategies
    5. Corporate Strategy
  • Part 3: Modern Strategic Realities
    1. Understanding the Economic Environment
    2. Coping with Strategic Change
    3. Japan: Myths and Realities
    4. Foresighted Decision Making
    5. A Strategic Success Formula?


The Mind of the Strategist

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Decent ****** (6 out of 10)

Last modified: June 11, 2011, 4:15 p.m.

The classical text that descibes why the Japanese is so much better than us. It has been disproven again and again. Read it for its historical value and to learn the 3C model, which it defines.


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