As the era of ever expanding markets and ample resources ends, governments and business will have to behave differently. The world is facing weak economic growth, limits to affordable resources and increasing concerns about environmental consequences. During the boom times, governments championed de-regulation and business responded by adopting an anything-goes attitude. In these straitened times, strategic analysis has to engage with the challenges that society faces to create resilient corporations fit for the 21st century. In Corporate Strategy in the Age of Responsibility, Peter McManners, who has for nine years run strategy workshops on the Henley MBA focusing on the global business environment, sets about providing a strategic framework for navigating the new economic environment. Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) now exist, but they struggle to find the strategic rationale for the improvements they champion. The author argues that their good intentions often lack traction, partly because others in management don’t get it, but also because they are not ambitious enough. The book is not about preaching semi-charitable behaviour or how to enhance the reputation of the corporation instead it is about surviving and thriving in a challenging and changing environment. A corporate audience familiar with strategy books will relate to this book, but will find it steers them towards radically new strategic thinking suitable for a turbulent period of transition.

chapter |7 pages


part I|43 pages

A Changing World

chapter 1|9 pages

Society Needs Business

chapter 2|10 pages

Twenty-First-Century Opportunities

chapter 3|6 pages

Beyond Globalization

chapter 4|7 pages

Changing Economic Priorities

chapter 5|7 pages

The Purpose of the Corporation

part II|38 pages

Strategic Appraisal

chapter 6|5 pages

Scenario Analysis

chapter 7|11 pages

External Analysis

chapter 8|7 pages

Industry Analysis

chapter 9|4 pages

Internal Analysis

chapter 10|6 pages

Stakeholder Analysis

part III|43 pages

Strategic Options

chapter 11|9 pages

Define the Corporate Footprint

chapter 12|10 pages

Core Strategy Selection

chapter 13|6 pages

Markets and Locations

chapter 14|9 pages


chapter 15|5 pages

Analysis of Options

part IV|32 pages

Delivering the Strategy

chapter 16|5 pages

Portfolio of Options

chapter 17|5 pages

Measuring Success

chapter 18|8 pages

Engage Investors

chapter 19|4 pages

Engage the Workforce

chapter 20|6 pages

Mobilize Other Stakeholders

chapter |2 pages