The Lords of Strategy

BCG -> learning curves -> growth-share matrix -> competitive strategy matrix

Bain -> KBG, Best Practice, Bain Capital

Harvard -> SWOT

Porter -> 5 forces, activity-based, value chain, sustainable competitive advantage

McKinsey’s 7-S    -> design vs. emergent schools of management, “Excellent companies” vs. shareholders value

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McKinsey business system framework

3 C’s (customer company competition) , 5 P’s (Plan.Ploy.Pattern.Position.Perspective.)

Jensen -> agency theory -> LBO 80’s -> private equity 90’s

Henderson fee advice “Take your annual income, and divide it by 365, multiply by 4, and add 22.”


“Most readers’ familiarity with at least some of the following names is testimony to the house that Tom Peters built, or whose construction he at least started: Jim Collins (Built to Last, From Good to Great), Charles Handy (The Age of Unreason), Gary Hamel (Competing for the Future), Rosabeth Moss Kanter (The Change Masters, When Giants Learn to Dance), John Kotter (Leading Change).”

Excerpt From: Kiechel, Walter. “The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World”. Apple Books.”

The was no strategy in management before BCG started selling its consulting services. This book tells the “intellectual history” of #strategicManagement by recounting the stories of the consulting companies that brought the idea and its frameworks and tools to the enterprise. From BCG share-growth matrix to Porter’s Value Chain, from shareholders value  to core capabilities as the world economy liberalised, globalised, became more competitive and technical change accelerated.



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