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But first, in the interest of transparency, I have worked closely with Henry co-directing and co-teaching on Leadership Programs at Mc Gill, where we are both on the faculty, for more than a decade.   In fact, many times, I have presented key parts of  Porter’s ideas on strategy  for a couple of hours and then Henry presents his ideas as a contrast to Michael’s.   We started doing this tag team effort about 11 years ago and it has become increasingly easy for Henry to shoot me down in the last few years. It seems the relatively stable world of (at least part of) my corporate career has gone the way of the dodo.  At times, it seems the world‘s gone nuts.  Let me count the ways: Japan, the PIGS,  9/11, Hurricane Katrina, SARS,  the financial collapse of 20, the BP oil spill, and many more examples.  As one writer put in it this weekend’s , “For a moment, all the swans seemed black.”   However, as my friend Dick Evans, ex-CEO of Alcan, pointed out that my memory was being a bit selective, as it was not only recently that stability seems to have gone out the window.

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Henry’s emergent strategy ideas simply seem to be more relevant to the world we live in today – they reflect the fact that our plans will fail.

This is not to say that planning isn’t useful, but other than some long term technology plans, the day of the 5 year and even 2 year plans has faded and emergent strategy is the reality in most industries that I work with.

Emergent strategy implies that an organization is learning what works in practice.

Given today’s world, I think emergent strategy is on the upswing.  Here’s why.

As one writer put in it this weekend’s , “For a moment, all the swans seemed black.” However, as my friend Dick Evans, ex-CEO of Alcan, pointed out that my memory was being a bit selective, as it was not only recently that stability seems to have gone out the window.

” Fair point, nevertheless, it seems that strategy has shifted in the last decade to where the planning school no longer has the street cred it once had.

This was true more than 25 years ago, when I did my MBA at USC.

These are two academics who have had real impact for a long time.

Porter’s ideas are still relevant, my colleagues and I still teach them, so I still believe in them and when I talk to corporate CEOs they still use them as part of their strategy planning thinking.

But they are getting a bit long in the tooth for today’s different world.

Both have been very influential in the study of strategy, an area of considerable interest to many readers.  You can contrast their two views as Porter’s taking a more deliberate strategy approach while Mintzberg’s emphasize emergent strategy.   Both are still taught, in fact, I taught Porter’s 3 Generic Strategies and his 5 Forces Model not two weeks ago in an undergraduate strategy course at Mc Gill.  Which is most useful today?

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