From Resource Allocation To Strategy by Joseph L. Bower

From Resource Allocation To Strategy

EditorJoseph L. Bower, Clark G. Gilbert

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Is strategy a coherent plan conceived at the top by a visionary leader, or is it formed by a series of individual commitments, not always reflecting what top management has in mind? If it is a series of commitments, how can they be managed? To answer these questions, Joseph L. Bower and ClarkG. Gilbert present research that examines how strategy is actually made by company managers across several levels of an organization. The research penetrates the "black box"of strategy formulation and shows that a company's realized strategy emerges less from the formal statements of corporatestrategy, but often out of the pattern of resource commitments that originate across every level of the firm.Drawing on over thirty yeas of research on resource allocation, including studies from Harvard Business School, Stanford, London Business School, and INSEAD, the book's five sections detail the structural characteristics of the resource allocation process, how the process can lead to breakdowns instrategic outcomes, and where top management can intervene to shape desired results. And while the organizing authors connect over three decades of research on resource allocation, they have also included assessments of this work by thought leaders in the fields of economics, competitive strategy,organizational behavior, and strategic management. The processes described represent the complex reality of strategy formulation in large organizations, but the ideas are presented in a way that enables the reader to access and understand the implications of these complexities. The findings should inform the research of economists, strategists, andbehavioural scientists. Thoughtful executives and those who consult with them will also find the book provocative and instructive.

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Joseph L. Bower is a Professor of General Management, and Clark G. Gilbert is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Management, both at Harvard Business School.
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Title:From Resource Allocation To StrategyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section I: Introduction to the Resource Allocation Process1. Joseph L. Bower, Yves Doz, and Clark G. Gilbert: Linking Resource Allocation to Strategy2. Joseph L. Bower: Modeling the Resource Allocation Process3. Robert A. Burgelman: The Role of Strategy Making in Organizational Evolution4. Clark G. Gilbert and Clayton M. Christensen: Anomaly-Seeking Research: Thirty Years of Theory DevelopmentSection II: When the Bottom-up Process Fails5. Donald N. Sull: When the Bottom-up Resource Allocation Process Fails6. Clayton M. Christensen and Joseph L. Bower: Customer Power, Strategic Investment, and the Failure of Leading Firms7. Donald N. Sull: No Exit: The Failure of Bottom-up Strategic Processes and the Role of Top-down Disinvestment8. Walter Kuemmerle: The Process of International Expansion: Comparing Established Firms and Entrepreneurial Start-upsSection III: Restoring the Bottom-up Process9. Clark G. Gilbert: Restoring the Bottom-up Process of Resource Allocation10. Tomo Noda and Joseph L. Bower: Strategy Making as an Iterated Process of Resource Allocation11. Clark G. Gilbert: Resource vs. Routine Rigidity: Toward an Interpretive Model of Response to Discontinuous ChangeSection IV: The Need for Top-down Intervention12. Thomas R. Eisenmann: Corporate Intervention in Resource Allocation13. Thomas R. Eisenmann: The Entrepreneurial M-Form: A Case Study of Strategic Integration in a Global Media Company14. Michael E. Raynor: Strategic Flexibility: The Value of Corporate-level Real Options as a Response to Uncertainty in the Pursuit of Strategic Integration15. Yves Doz: Resource Allocation Process in Multidimensional Organizations: MNCs and AlliancesSection V: Outside Commentaries on the RAP Perspective16. John Roberts: Resource Allocation, Strategy, and Organization: An Economist's Thoughts17. Daniel A Levinthal: Comments on the Resource Allocation Process18. Margaret Peteraf: Research Complementarities: A Resource-Based View of the Resource Allocation Process Model (and Visa Versa)19. Joel Podolny: CEO as Change Agent?Section VI: Conclusion20. Joseph L. Bower and Clark G. Gilbert: A Revised Model of the Resource Allocation Process

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