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Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands
Most organizational performance theories assume that there are certain “best practices” or “best ways” needed to outperform your rivals. This seems to be true for some competitions, such as cookery and gardening. But in competitions such as business (and sports and games) such a certain “right way” that will lead one to victory does not exist. In such competitions applying a certain standard or “best practice” will simply not suffice to outperform others. Rather, in business competitions you need a particular skill or intellect that is singular (special) and non-repeatable so as to be able to create sustainable competitive advantages. So, in order to design a business that has a sustainable flow of wealth, a singularity needs to be generated instead of following generalized standards and theories. Strategic thinking is therefore critical in creating competitive advantages since strategic thinkers try to find solutions for each different situation by using powerful insights a (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Alex Korokeyi

Strategists are Indeed Important

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  Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany

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  srinivas, Lecturer, India

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  Kurt Ludikovsky, Consultant, Austria

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  ADEROGBA ADEBAYO, Manager, Nigeria

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  zephir, engineer, France

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  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

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  Rick Rohr

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  Rey Lopez, Professor, Mexico

Strategists in Real-life Business Practice

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  Mahmood Azizi, Manager, Iran

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  Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry , Director, India

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  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

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  Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany

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  Evgeniy Lavrukhin, Manager, Russian Federation

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  Wolfgang Kerstner, Project Manager, Austria

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  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

Best Practice is not Enough to Outperform your Rivals

@: Well put, I agree. See also the in-depth discus (...)

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