Many companies are not single businesses but a collection of businesses with one or more levels of corporate management. Written for managers, advisors and students aspiring to these roles, this book is a guide to decision-making in the domain of corporate strategy. It arms readers with research-based tools needed to make good corporate strategy decisions and to assess the soundness of the corporate strategy decisions of others. Readers will learn how to do the analysis for answering questions such as 'Should we pursue an alliance or an acquisition to grow?', 'How much should we integrate this acquisition?' and 'Should we divest this business?'. The book draws on the authors' wealth of research and teaching experience at INSEAD, London Business School and University College London. A range of learning aids, including easy-to-comprehend examples, decision templates and FAQs, are provided in the book and on a rich companion website.Read more
- Uses research-driven insights to help students, managers and consultants make good corporate strategy decisions and perform sound analysis of the corporate strategy decisions of others
- A concept-based approach enables readers with limited prior knowledge to make a good decision on a concrete corporate strategy issue and offer a well-reasoned justification for this decision
- Synthesises the authors' extensive experience teaching corporate strategy concepts to MBA, EMBA and Master's in Management students, as well as senior managers and CEOs
- Supported by a rich companion website with case materials for instructors, current examples from the media, and ready-made templates that illustrate complete solutions to corporate strategy problems with all intervening steps and analysis
Reviews & endorsements
"Puranam and Vanneste will change how you think about corporate strategy. They offer rigorous principles, frameworks and exercises to address some of the most crucial challenges of business leaders: how to compose the firm's portfolio, how to manage it and how to change it. A must-read for business students, business development professionals and senior executives."
Laurence Capron, Paul Desmarais Chaired Professor of Partnership and Active Ownership, and Professor of Strategy, INSEADSee more reviews
"As someone at the corporate headquarters of a multinational business group, understanding corporate strategy and how to create value from the corporate center in a multi-business organization is something that I obsess with every day. There are no better guides than Puranam and Vanneste. Corporate Strategy combines analytical rigor and an academic foundation with easy-to-grasp real world application. Brilliant!"
Nirmalya Kumar, Member-Group Executive Council, Tata Sons
"Corporate Strategy is a wonderful book. It guides its readers through a number of corporate strategy issues and helps them think through how to make a good decision on that issue and how to justify the decision in a rigorous and clear way based on research rather than judgement or received wisdom. It does so in a refreshingly clear and practical way. This book will change the way we teach and practice corporate strategy."
Costas Markides, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Robert P. Bauman Chair in Strategic Leadership, London Business School
"This book provides a unique guide to business students and practicing managers who seek a comprehensive understanding of the factors to consider when making strategic decisions for multi-business firms. By focusing on specific decisions that managers of multi-business firms must make, the book provides a very practical yet rigorous guide to the formulation and implementation of corporate strategy. The book includes many examples that show how to analyze complex issues of corporate strategy in a clear and logical manner."
Constance E. Helfat, J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
"Puranam and Vanneste have provided a thought-provoking articulation of the key aspects of a strong corporate strategy. What is particularly remarkable is the analytical breakdown of topics that can sometimes be discussed in vague terms. Well worth the read for any practicing strategy executive."
Vishal Dixit, Head of Group Strategy at a FTSE-100 telecoms operator, and former McKinsey management consultant
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: March 2016
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107544048
- length: 322 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- contains: 62 b/w illus. 28 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: what this book is about and how to use it
Part I. Foundations:
1. Corporate advantage
2. Synergies: benefits to collaboration
3. Governance costs: impediments to collaboration
Part II. Decisions about Portfolio Composition: Increasing the Scope of the Corporation:
5. Ally or acquire?
6. Organic or inorganic growth?
Part III. Decisions about Portfolio Composition: Reducing the Scope of the Corporation:
8. Divestiture: stay or exit
9. Outsourcing: make or buy
Part IV. Decisions about Portfolio Organization:
10. Designing the multi-business corporation
11. Designing corporate headquarters
12. Managing the M&A process
13. Managing the alliance process
Welcome to the resources site
Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.
Find resources associated with this titleYour search for '' returned .
Type Name Unlocked * Format Size
*This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to instructors adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.
These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.
If you are having problems accessing these resources please email email@example.com
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×