Strategic Thinking In 3d: A Guide For National Security, Foreign Policy, And Business Professionals by Ross HarrisonStrategic Thinking In 3d: A Guide For National Security, Foreign Policy, And Business Professionals by Ross Harrison

Strategic Thinking In 3d: A Guide For National Security, Foreign Policy, And Business Professionals

byRoss Harrison

Hardcover | May 1, 2013

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Effective strategic thinking requires a clear understanding of one’s external environment. Each organization has a unique environment, but as Ross Harrison explains in Strategic Thinking in 3D, any environment—whether in the fields of national security, foreign policy, or business—has three dimensions: systems, opponents, and groups. Systems strategy involves the challenge of creating leverage against opponents by shaping the external environments they rely on for sustaining their power. Opponents-based strategy requires analyzing a competitor’s capability, motivation, and strategy, assessing one’s own competitive challenges, and then developing approaches for directly confronting the opponent. Group strategy aims to mobilize political, consumer, and market groups against the power of an opponent. Strategic Thinking in 3D makes strategy “portable” for individuals who switch careers multiple times during their professional lives, moving among public, nonprofit, and private sector jobs. Harrison uses al Qaeda’s strategy against the United States as a “capstone” case study to demonstrate how strategic success often results from the cascading effect of “wins” in all three of these dimensions. Conversely, strategic failure can come from the mutual reinforcement of “losses” across these same three dimensions. Reinforcing and integrating the concepts, Harrison shows how strategy in 3D actually works in practice.
ROSS HARRISON is a professor in the practice of international affairs at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and also teaches Middle East politics at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as a corporate CEO, has been on corporate advisory boards, and has worked with an international NGO on its strategic c...
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Title:Strategic Thinking In 3d: A Guide For National Security, Foreign Policy, And Business ProfessionalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.32 × 6.32 × 0.82 inPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:Potomac BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1597977063

ISBN - 13:9781597977067

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"Professor Harrison illustrates the power of lateral thinking by exploring diverse 'external' arenas where strategy is required, while also making readers aware of the vital importance of 'internal' readiness to conduct strategy. This book deserves a wide readership in the worlds of foreign policy, university teaching, professional training, and business. Harrison's framework can help would-be strategists everywhere."-Chester Crocker, James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and former assistant secretary of state for African affairs - Chester Crocker