Author:John P. Kotter
Category:Business & Economics/Management
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The old ways of setting and implementing strategy are failing us because we can no longer keep up with the pace of change. Organizational leaders are torn between trying to stay ahead of increasingly fierce competition and needing to deliver this year’s results. Although traditional hierarchies and managerial processes -- the components of a company's "operating system" -- can meet the daily demands of running an enterprise, they are rarely equipped to identify important hazards quickly, formulate creative strategic initiatives nimbly, and implement them speedily. The solution Kotter offers is a second system "an agile, network-like structure" that operates in concert with the first to create a dual operating system.

In such a system the hierarchy can hand off the pursuit of big strategic initiatives to the strategy network, freeing itself to focus on incremental changes to improve efficiency. The network is populated by employees from all levels of the organization, giving it organizational knowledge, relationships, credibility, and influence. It can liberate information from silos with ease. It has a dynamic structure free of bureaucratic layers, permitting a level of individualism, creativity, and innovation beyond the reach of any hierarchy. The network's core is a guiding coalition that represents each level and department in the hierarchy, with a broad range of skills. Its drivers are members of a "volunteer army" who are energized by and committed to the coalition's vividly formulated, high-stakes vision and strategy.

In this important new book expanding on his McKinsey Award-winning HBR article, Kotter describes this "dual operating system" -- network and hierarchy -- how it works, and how to build it. He predicts that such systems are the key to long-term success in the 21st century -- for shareholders, customers, employees, and companies themselves.
Publisher:Harvard Business Review Press
Date Published:April 2014
PMI Product ID:00101546701
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