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(p. 356) 20. The Practice of Strategy 

(p. 356) 20. The Practice of Strategy
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(p. 356) 20. The Practice of Strategy
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Colin S. Gray

and Jeannie L. Johnson

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198708919.003.0021
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date: 19 September 2019

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.

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