Show Summary Details
Page of

(p. 356) 20. The Practice of Strategy 

(p. 356) 20. The Practice of Strategy
(p. 356) 20. The Practice of Strategy

Colin S. Gray

and Jeannie L. Johnson

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD POLITICS TROVE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Politics Trove for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 February 2020

This chapter considers the requirements of good strategy-making, first by explaining why good strategists are hard to find and arguing that modern strategic studies has done a poor job of educating those interested in the trade. It then highlights the deficits of contemporary strategic education, namely: insufficient attention to strategic classics and strategic history, along with a strong bias towards American-centric topics and perspectives. The chapter asserts that there is a lack of universal theory and offers a remedy, which it calls the General Theory of Strategy. This strategic theory involves three principles: understanding the nature and character of strategy, making strategies, and executing strategies. The chapter concludes by calling for the regular reassessment of strategic plans and engagements, insisting that strategy is a practical subject and that knowledge from its study must be communicated to those who need it.

Access to the complete content on Politics Trove requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.