structured chaos

Information about structured chaos

Published on January 24, 2008

Author: Veronica1

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Competing on the Edge:  Competing on the Edge Strategy as Structured Chaos Change is pervasive:  Change is pervasive react quickly anticipate when possible lead change where appropriate competing on the edge is... unpredictable often uncontrolled often inefficient best practice when change is pervasive Theory and Research:  Theory and Research Research in-depth research with 12 global businesses interviews with 100+ managers Theories complex adaptive systems evolutionary change origins of time Edge of Chaos:  Edge of Chaos intermediate state between order and chaos organizations do not settle into a stable equilibrium but never quite fall apart zone where all types of systems--biological, physical, economic, social--are most vibrant and flexible Laws of competing on the edge:  Laws of competing on the edge 10 rules that articulate key assumptions and best practices about strategy organization leadership Strategy:  Strategy Rule 1: Advantage is Temporary continuously generate new sources of advantage change as opportunity, not threat Slide7:  Rule 2: Strategy is Diverse, Emergent, Complicated diverse collection of moves, loosely linked in a semi-coherent direction let strategy emerge play a broad array of options and expect to shift strategy over time Slide8:  Rule 3: Reinvention is the goal seek new ways to create value, rather than focus on efficiency focus on innovative products and processes profitable fortresses are rare I can’t say that we had a really smart strategy going forward. We had a strategy and when it didn’t work, we went back and regrouped until we finally hit on something. --Phil Knight, CEO, Nike :  I can’t say that we had a really smart strategy going forward. We had a strategy and when it didn’t work, we went back and regrouped until we finally hit on something. --Phil Knight, CEO, Nike Organization:  Organization Rule 4: Live in the Present maximize minimum structure minimal necessary structure well-understood priorities and responsibilities a few strict rules a few key operating variables are monitored very carefully just enough structure to keep things from flying apart Slide11:  Rule 5: Stretch Out the Past exploit derivative products extend offerings to new market segments refresh existing businesses with learnings from new ventures but guard against being locked into outdated competitive models Slide12:  Rule 6: Reach into the Future manage a longer time horizon launch more experimental products and services create more alliances geared toward nascent markets and emerging technologies employ more futurists revisit the future often Slide13:  Rule 7: Time Pace Change set a rhythm and tempo around number of new products and services offered per year refreshment of brands building manufacturing capacity try to match tempo to change to rhythm of market choreograph transitions in products, acquisitions, etc. Slide14:  It was all in the rhythm. Have you ever seen Michael Jordan play when he is on a rhythm run? It was exactly like that. --billionaire businessman commenting on his success Leadership:  Leadership Rule 8: Grow the Strategy grow the business like a prairie, not assemble it like a toaster dismantle megastructures pay attention to the order in which strategy is grown begin with current businesses, then incorporate the past and work in future opportunities never start with the future but rather with the basics of today Slide16:  Rule 9: Drive Strategy from the Business Level strategy cannot be driven top-down--the pace of change is too fast for trickle-down success comes from skilled, fast and agile moves at the business level Slide17:  Rule 10: Repatch Businesses to Markets and Articulate the Whole continuously realign businesses with emerging opportunities senior managers articulate and occasionally shape emergent strategy Slide18:  I thought it best to shut up and listen. --CEO commenting on strategy meeting with key business leaders

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