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Books to Read (Strategy) January 27, 2005

Posted by dhar in Misc.

Over the past year or so, Thimmaiah Chendrimada has been collecting a list of books that MBAs should read. Quite a few of them don’t require an MBA to understand. Over the next week or so, I will be posting books that are eminiently readable.

Here is a list of books on Strategy. This list was compiled based on inputs provided by Prof. Aks Zaheer. Will be listing books on Statistics, Entrepreneurship, Management of Organizations, Accounting and Finance over the next few days.

Strategy Essentials:

  • Competitive Strategy, Michael Porter
  • Competitive Advantage, Michael Porter
  • The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael Porter
  • Competing for the Future, Gary Hamel and CK Prahalad
  • Gaining & Sustaining Competitive Advantage, Jay Barney

Competitive Interaction and Game Theory:

  • Coopetition, Adam Brandenburger and Barry Nalebuff
  • Thinking Strategically, Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff

Global Strategy:

  • The Borderless World, Kenichi Ohmae
  • Managing Across Borders: The Transnational Solution, Chris Bartlett & Sumantra Ghoshal

Strategy and the Internet:

  • Information Rules, Shapiro and Hal Varian
  • Competing in the Age of Digital Convergence, D. Yoffie

Strategy Implementation:

  • Corporate Culture & Leadership, Ed Schein

Knowledge Management:

  • The Knowledge Creating Company, I. Nonaka & H. Takeuchi

Strategic Planning:

  • The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, Henry Mintzberg

Strategic Alliances:

  • Alliance Advantage, Gary Hamel and Yves Doz

Mergers and Acquisitions:

  • Managing the Acquisition Process, Philippe Haspeslagh and David Jemison

Trust and Networks:

  • Structural Holes, Ronald Burt
  • Trust in Organizations, Roderick Kramer

Other Classics:

  • My Years with General Motors, Alfred P. Sloan
  • The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  • Strategy and Structure, Alfred D. Chandler


1. Watziznem - January 27, 2005

Dude, are you telling me you read all of them, apart from your regular course material??? Seriously, that’s an impressive list!

2. Dhar - January 28, 2005

Hey Chand…

Had I managed to read even 50% of them, I would have been a happy man! These are books which I will slowly read over a period of 1-2 years. But now that placements are over, I am slowly catching up on my reading. 😉

Will be adding a few more over the next few days. If you people at IIM-A have some books to suggest, do lemme know.


3. Watziznem - January 28, 2005

Probably we get to read these kind of books in the second year. Right now, only basic textbooks like Brealy & Myers, Kotler etc etc.

Btw, now that you are placed, how about resurrecting the Inquizitive series? 🙂 Though my hit rate is only 0-10%, the questions were great fun!

4. Dhar - January 28, 2005

Chand Man…

Good idea. Will certainly start quizzes on the blog in a couple of days!


5. Suhit Anantula - January 28, 2005


This is a cool list.

You guys did miss “The Mind of a Strategist” Ohmae and “Managing for Results” by Drucker which is considered the first book on Strategy.

Looking forward to the other posts. I did blog about the post on my blog.



6. Anonymous - May 24, 2005

Hey Dhar and all you ISB Buddies….
if you have not read Besanko’s Economics of Startegy you would never appreciate strategy.Mind blowing….crystal clear
Anonymous Bum

7. Neel - March 29, 2006

Hi Dhar,

I am Neel shah, currently stduying in Monash Universtiy in Melbourne/Australia. I found you blog page when i was surfeing on Rediff serch enigine. its really bit interesting stuff you are doing.

By the way i am doing my Maters of International Business and its been great exp. i am bascially from India/Gujarat here based in Melbourne since 2004.

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