Learning to Think Strategically, 4th Edition

  • 12h 6m 47s
  • Julia Sloan
  • 2020

Strategic thinking has become a core competency for business leaders globally. Overused and under-defined, the term is often used interchangeably with other strategic management terms. This book delineates and defines strategic thinking as an advanced, conceptual cognitive capability, focusing on the nonlinear, divergent, a-rational, and informal nature of strategic thinking. This unique and practical book is an original primer of how successful strategists learn to think strategically.

In this fourth edition, the author offers an expanded definition of strategic thinking based on critical theory. This book highlights the role of informal learning, underscores the relevance of engaging in the arts, and has global application for those tasked with making strategy in this rapidly changing world. Sloan presents a previously unexamined account of the relationship between strategic thinking and the learning process involved-taking learning from the academic to the everyday. New features include an expanded list of learning methods to develop strategic thinking, a more extensive look at global cultural perspectives of strategic thinking, and additional scenarios and case vignettes.

About the Author

Julia Sloan is a Professor of Strategic Thinking at Columbia University, USA, and Principal of Sloan International, Inc., a New York-based consulting firm specializing in strategic thinking for global business and government leaders. A Fulbright Fellow and Researcher-in-Residence Fellow, she has also been recognized with numerous teaching awards.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Chronology of Strategy
  • Chapter 2 - Contemporary competing views of strategy
  • Chapter 3 - Global sketches of strategy
  • Chapter 4 - What is strategic thinking?
  • Chapter 5 - Informal and formal learning defined
  • Chapter 6 - Context and learning transfer as factors in the strategic thinking process
  • Chapter 7 - Three-stage model for learning strategic thinking
  • Chapter 8 - Framing as a structural process Framing
  • Chapter 9 - Learning domains used for strategic thinking
  • Chapter 10 - Role of critical dialogue in the strategic thinking process
  • Chapter 11 - Role of critical inquiry in the strategic thinking process
  • Chapter 12 - Intuition as a must-have for learning to think strategically
  • Chapter 13 - The roles of analysis and intuition in strategic decision making
  • Chapter 14 - The role of culture on strategic thinking
  • Chapter 15 - Debunking the myth of the chosen few: five attributes
  • Chapter 16 - Strengthen strategic thinking through the arts
  • Chapter 17 - Three unconventional approaches that support learning to think strategically
  • Chapter 18 - Where we’ve come from and where we can go: some suggestions