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Strategy and Strategic Planning - A Bibliography

  Fred Nickols 2012


The books and articles listed below were compiled and reviewed during the course of a project aimed at redesigning the business planning and management processes at Educational Testing Service (ETS).  As leader of that project, it fell to me to do the reading.  I have read all the articles and most of the books. This is not a casual compilation of books and articles with the “right” titles but is instead a working project library. The project library was expanded on a regular basis throughout the project, which began in early 1996 and ended in July of that same year.  I continued expanding it until August, 1998. It is, then, somewhat dated.  However, it includes almost 40 books and more than 50 articles, many of which have lasting  value. Books and articles are listed in reverse chronological order.

Note:  It is only fair to say that many of these books were already in my personal library and that I scoured used book stores for many more. In other words, many of them are not readily available.

Books & Manuals

  1. Perspectives on Strategy from The Boston Consulting Group (1998).  Carl W. Stern and George Stalk, Jr. (Eds).  John Wiley & Sons.
  2. The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action (1996). Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton. Harvard Business School Press.
  3. Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases, 9th Edition (1996). Arthur Thompson, Jr., and A. J. Strickland III. Irwin.
  4. The Strategy Concept and Process, 2nd Edition (1996). Arnoldo C. Hax and Nicolas S. Majluf. Prentice-Hall.
  5. Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government (1995). Mark Moore. Harvard University Press.
  6. The New Strategists (1995). Stephen J. Wall and Shannon Rye Wall. Free Press.
  7. Concepts of Strategic Management, 5th Edition (1995). Fred David. Prentice-Hall.
  8. Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (1995). John M. Bryson. Jossey-Bass.
  9. The Management Compass: Steering the Corporation Using Hoshin Planning (1995). Michele Bechtell. American Management Association.
  10. The Grand Strategist (1995). Mike Davidson. Henry Holt & Company.
  11. Managing In A Time of Great Change (1995). Peter F. Drucker. Truman-Talley/Dutton Books.
  12. Team-Based Strategic Planning (1994). C. Davis Fogg. AMACOM.
  13. The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning (1994). Henry Mintzberg. Free Press.
  14. Hyper-Competition: Managing the Dynamics of Strategic Maneuvering (1994). Richard D’Aveni. Free Press.
  15. Strategy Pure & Simple (1993). Michel Robert. McGraw-Hill.
  16. Applied Strategic Planning: How to Develop A Plan that Really Works (1993). Leonard Goodstein, Timothy Nolan, and J. William Pfeiffer. McGraw-Hill.
  17. Managing the Unknowable: Strategic Boundaries Between Order and Chaos in Organizations (1992). Ralph D. Stacey. Jossey-Bass.
  18. ETS Planning and Budgeting Processes (1992). Office of Corporate Planning and Development. Educational Testing Service.
  19. Hoshin Handbook (1992). Pete Babich. Total Quality Engineering.
  20. Strategic Planning Plus: An Organizational Guide (1991). Roger Kaufman. Scott Foresman.
  21. The Art of The Long View (1991). Peter Schwartz. Currency Doubleday.
  22. Managing Strategic Investment Decisions in Large Diversified Companies (1988). Paul Marsh, Patrick Burwise, Kathryn Thomas, Robin Wensley. London Business School.
  23. The Little Black Book of Budgets and Forecasts (1988). Michael C. Thomsett. American Management Association.
  24. Planning Strategies That Work (1987). Arnoldo C. Hax. Oxford University Press.
  25. Strategic Planning and Management Handbook (1987). William King and David Cleland. Van Nostrand Reinhold.
  26. Implementing Strategy (1984).  Lawrence G. Hrebiniak and William F. Joyce.  Macmillan Publishing Company.
  27. Decision Making at The Top: The Shaping of Strategic Direction (1983). Gordon Donaldson and Jay Lorsch. Basic Books.
  28. The Mind of the Strategist: The Art of Japanese Business (1982). Kenichi Ohmae. McGraw-Hill.
  29. Creating the Corporate Future: Plan or be Planned For (1981). Russell Ackoff. John Wiley.
  30. The Concept of Corporate Strategy (1980). Kenneth Andrews. Richard Irwin.
  31. Top Management Strategy (1980). Benjamin Tregoe and John Zimmerman. Simon & Schuster.
  32. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (1980). Michael Porter. Free Press.
  33. Managing in Turbulent Times (1980). Peter F. Drucker. Harper & Row.
  34. Strategic Planning: What Every Manager Should Know (1979). George Steiner. Free Press.
  35. Redesigning the Future (1974). Russell Ackoff. John Wiley & Son.
  36. Managing the Resource Allocation Process (1970). Joseph L. Bower. Harvard Business School Press.
  37. Organizational Intelligence (1967). Harold L. Wilensky. Basic Books.
  38. Strategy (1967), 2nd Edition. B. H. Liddell Hart. Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers.
  39. Corporate Strategy (1965). H. Igor Ansoff. McGraw-Hill.
  40. Planning and Control Systems: A Framework for Analysis (1965). Robert Anthony. Graduate School of Business, Harvard University.
  41. Long-Range Planning for Management (1964). David Ewing. Harper & Row.
  42. Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the American Industrial Enterprise (1962). Alfred Chandler, Jr. MIT.


  1. “What’s Wrong with Strategy” (Nov-Dec 1997). Andrew Campbell and Marcus Alexander. Harvard Business Review, pp. 2-8.
  2. “What Is Strategy?” (Nov-Dec 1996). Michael E. Porter. Harvard Business Review, pp. 61-78.
  3. “Strategy as Revolution” (Jul-Aug 1996). Gary Hamel. Harvard Business Review, pp. 69-82.
  4. “Strategic Planning: It’s Back” (Aug 26, 1996). John A. Byrne. BusinessWeek, pp.46-52.
  5. “Using the Balanced Scorecard as a Strategic Management System” (Jan-Feb 1996). Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton. Harvard Business Review, pp. 75-85.
  6. “The Driving Forces Method for Strategy Development” (1996). Clayton Christensen. Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
  7. "Shaping Conversations: Making Strategy, Making Change" (Fall 1996).   Jeanne M. Liedtka and John W. Rosenblum.  California Management Review, Vol. 39, No. 1., pp. 141-157.
  8. “Strategic Dissonance” (Winter 1996). Robert A. Burgelman and Andrew S. Grove. California Management Review, Vol. 38, No. 2., pp. 8-28.
  9. “Scenario Planning: A Tool for Strategic Thinking” (Winter 1995). Paul J. H. Schoemaker. Sloan Management Review, pp. 25-39.
  10. “The Nonmarket Strategy System” (Fall 1995). David P. Baron. Sloan Management Review, pp. 73-85.
  11. “Strategic Planning at Five World-Class Companies” (Jul 1995). Michael D. Akers and Grover L. Porter. Management Accounting, pp. 24-31.
  12. “Discovery-Driven Planning” (Jul-Aug 1995). Rita Gunther McGrath and Ian MacMillan. Harvard Business Review, pp. 44-54.
  13. “The Right Game: Use Game Theory to Shape Strategy” (Jul-Aug 1995). Adam M. Brandenburger and Barry Nalebuff. Harvard Business Review, pp. 57-71.
  14. “A New Tool for Boards: The Strategic Audit” (Jul-Aug 1995). Gordon Donaldson. Harvard Business Review, pp. 99-107.
  15. “Planning in a Global Business” (Mar-Apr 1995). Daniel Simpson (moderator). Planning Review, pp. 25-27.
  16. “Corporate Strategy: The Quest for Parenting Advantage” (Mar-Apr 1995). Andrew Campbell, Michael Goold, and Marcus Alexander. Harvard Business Review, pp. 120-132.
  17. “A New Model for Reforming the Planning Review Process” (Jan-Feb 1995). Marcus Alexander, Andrew Campbell, and Michael Goold. Planning Review, pp. 12-19, 48.
  18. “The Planning Process and the Role of the Planner” (Jan-Feb 1995). Daniel Simpson (moderator). Planning Review, pp. 20-23.
  19. “Inside IBM: Strategic Management in a Federation of Businesses” (1994). Glyn Lloyd and Mike Phillips. Long Range Planning, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 52-63.
  20. “Strategic Planning Isn’t Dead - It Changed” (1994). Ian Wilson. Long Range Planning, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 12-24.
  21. “Using Strategic Planning to Drive Organizational Change” (1994). Stephen Huntsman. Long Range Planning, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 50-55.
  22. “How Digital Uses Scenarios to Rethink the Present” (Nov-Dec 1994). Lucia L. Quinn and David H. Mason. Planning Review, pp. 14-17.
  23. “You Need A Strategic Plan to Win” (Jul-Aug 1994). Jerry Kuhn and Tena Carson Figgins. Journal for Quality and Participation, pp. 44-48.
  24. “Scenario-based Planning: Decision Model for the Learning Organization” (Mar-Apr 1994). Planning Review, pp. 6-11.
  25. “The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning” (Jan-Feb 1994). Henry Mintzberg. Harvard Business Review, pp. 107-114.
  26. “Strategic Planning: the Engine of Change” (Sep-Oct 1993). Christopher Geberlein. Planning Review, pp. 17-19.
  27. “Putting the Balanced Scorecard to Work” (Sep-Oct 1993). Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton. Harvard Business Review, pp. 134-147.
  28. “Scaling the Productivity of Investment” (Jul-Aug 1993). Ernest H. Drew. Chief Executive, pp. 46-49.
  29. “The Structure of Strategy” (Summer 1993). John Kay. Business Strategy Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 17-37.
  30. “Customer Intimacy and Other Value Disciplines” (Jan-Feb 1993). Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema. Harvard Business Review, pp. 84-93).
  31. “The Secrets of Great Planning” (Oct 1992). Leslie Brokaw. INC. , pp. 151-157.
  32. “Integrating Scenarios into Strategic Planning at Royal Dutch/Shell” (May-Jun 1992). Paul Schoemaker and Cornelius van der Heijden. Planning Review, pp. 41-46.
  33. “A Catalog of Commercially Available Software for Strategic Planning” (Jan-Feb 1992). Robert Mockler. Planning Review, pp. 29-33.
  34. “Creating a Strategic Control System” (1991). Stephen Bungay and Michael Goold. Long Range Planning, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 32-39.
  35. “Strategic Control in the Decentralized Firm” (Winter 1991). Michael Goold. Sloan Management Review, pp. 70-81.
  36. “The Business Information and Analysis Function: A New Approach to Strategic Thinking and Planning (May-Jun 1991). Stephen M. Millett and Rolf Leppanen. Planning Review, pp. 10-15, 36).
  37. “Generic Planning: Research Results and Applications” (Winter, 1990-91). Knowledge in Society: The International Journal of Knowledge Transfer, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 91-113.
  38. “Issues and Alternatives: Key to FMC’s Strategic Planning System” (May-Jun 1990). Planning Review, pp. 26-33.
  39. “The Paradox of Strategic Controls” (1990). Michael Goold and John J. Quinn. Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 11, pp. 43-57.
  40. “The Strategic Review: A Case Study” (Jul-Aug 1988). Jeffrey A. Schmidt. Planning Review, pp. 14-19.
  41. “Planning as Learning” (Mar-Apr 1988). Arie P. De Geus. Harvard Business Review, pp. 70-74.
  42. “The Roles of Formal Strategic Planning” (1988). Ann Langley. Long Range Planning, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 40-50.
  43. “Portfolio Simulation: A Tool to Support Strategic Management” (Summer 1987). Peter Merten, Reiner Loffler, and Klaus-Peter Wiedmann. System Dynamics Review.
  44. “Strategy and Structure: A Case Study of the Implications of Strategic Planning for Organizational Structure and Management Practice” (Summer 1986). Lynn Harold Vogel and Irma Patterson. Administration in Social Work.
  45. “Uses and Misuses of Strategic Planning” (Jan-Feb 1986). Daniel H. Gray. Harvard Business Review, pp. 89-97.
  46. “Scenarios: Shooting the Rapids” (Nov-Dec 1985). Pierre Wack. Harvard Business Review, pp. 139-150.
  47. “Scenarios: Uncharted Waters Ahead” (Sep-Oct 1985). Pierre Wack. Harvard Business Review, pp. 73-89.
  48. “Strategy Is Different in Service Businesses” (Jul-Aug 1978). Dan R. E. Thomas. Harvard Business Review, pp. 158-164).
  49. “Decentralized Planning in A Large French Company: An Interpretive Study” (Fall/Winter 1977). Jacques Sarrazin. International Studies of Management and Organization, pp. 37-59.
  50. “Coupling Strategy to Operating Plans” (May-Jun 1977). John M. Hobbs and Donald F. Heany. Harvard Business Review, pp. 119-124.
  51. “How to Design a Strategic Planning System” (Sep-Oct 1976). Peter Lorange and Richard F. Vancil. Harvard Business Review, pp. 75-81).
  52. “Planning on the Left Side and Managing on the Right” (Jul-Aug 1976). Henry Mintzberg. Harvard Business Review, pp. 49-57.
  53. “Defining Corporate Strengths and Weaknesses” (Spring, 1976). Sloan Management Review, pp. 51-68.
  54. “The New LEAN Planning Machine” (Undated). Meryl Davids. Journal of Business Strategy, pp. 26-29).

NOTE 1: For software, see Robert Mockler, “A Catalog of Commercially Available Software for Strategic Planning.” Planning Review (Jan-Feb 1992): 29-33

NOTE 2: Several other strategic planning resources are easily turned up on the Internet using any of the available search engines.


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