Every two years since 2001, the initiators of the Thinkers50 Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove announce their definite ranking of the world’s top 50 management thinkers whose thoughts shape the way we live and work. Thinkers50 is now the most prestigious ranking of its kind, and the Thinkers50 Awards, which were introduced in 2011, are widely regarded as the "Oscars of management thinking."

An important aspect of strategy work that has so far received relatively little attention in the research literature is the question of the role of the Board of Directors. In his recently published book All Above Board: Creating the Ideal Corporate Board, Ulf Lindgren is now taking a closer look at the issue. Lindgren has conducted interviews with 48 chairmen of the board, 22 senior board members, and over 50 CEOs of large corporations mainly in Europe and North America, coming to the sobering conclusion that “in many corporations, the Board of Directors are simply not performing to their full potential.” He argues that “the board should take an active role in strategy” and “act as a guide and leader for the company in times of change and disruption.”

Strategy formation in a cross-cultural context is the norm in the current global business environment; an environment where the only constant is change itself and complexity increases every day. In order to deal with these dynamic circumstances, flexibility on a strategic level is crucial. Continuous innovation in this environment is paramount. Diversity in strategic perspectives is one way to achieve this.

SOLYP-Blog Back From Summer Break!

Thursday, 29. August 2013

With summer slowly drawing to a close, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work with new energy. The SOLYP-Blog will start into the new season next week with a guest column by Danaë Huijser who will investigate how cultural diversity can contribute to innovative strategy development.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 20. December 2012

We wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and prosperous New Year! We would like to thank you for your loyalty and look forward to keeping you informed on current strategic planning issues in 2013!