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Welcome to the Strategic Management Forum

Our purpose is, advancing the professional practice of strategic management. Why? Because we believe good, or bad, strategic management (thinking, planning and implementation), can transform the fortunes of businesses, organisations, economies and societies, for better or worse. And we would like to ensure they are transformed for the better.

We operate for the benefit of our members, strategic decision makers and those who influence them (advisers, training providers, management thinkers / authors, business school professors etc.), and for the good of society.

More details are in the "about us" section. You can also read Why I Created the Strategic management Forum

This site includes pages that are open to the general public, and various levels of access to other pages for members only. See the Access panels to the right.

If you have any questions about the Strategic Management Forum please contact us.

 

Founder & CEO, Strategic Management Forum

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Strategic Importance of Business Reporting Focus Group

 

 

Previously, a core team of people met to spearhead the formation of a Focus Group (Think Tank) to examine The Strategic Importance of Business Reporting as a strategic management issue.

The group identified 8 broad themes as the basis of 8 events (one per quarter), and the production of a series of 8 books. Collectively they will represent a 2-year programme of enquiry.

We would now like to establish an advisory committee of 16-24 people, to work in groups of 2-3 in leading the production of an event, and in co-authoring a book on the theme of that event. The book will be published as part of an 8 book series by a major publisher.

The advisory committee will be chaired by an independent Chairperson, and Paul Barnett, as CEO of the Strategic Management Forum, will also be a participant. Together the Chairperson and Paul will oversee the development of the programme, and will co-edit the series of books.

The first tasks of the advisory committee will be to develop a synopsis of each of the 8 topics, and to agree who the 2-3 people leading each topic will be. These are the 8 broad themes that have been proposed:

  1. Today’s Corporate Reporting: Room for Improvement
  2. Linking Fact and Narrative Explanations
  3. Reporting Financials
  4. Reporting Strategy
  5. Reporting Performance & Efficiency
  6. Reporting Risk
  7. Reporting Governance & Remuneration
  8. Best Practice / Future Directions

Expressions of interest in involvement in the advisory committee are now invited, from people who believe they have the credentials and experience to be able to explore the issue they wish to focus on comprehensively and authoritatively, in collaboration with others.

It should be noted that the project will not be approached as an academic exercise. Our goal is to explore the issues from a practical perspective, and to contribute to a body of knowledge and practice that will advance the professional practice of strategic management. We will therefore be looking to identify insights, understand their practical implications and offer guidance to the readers of the books. The principal audience will be senior and mid-level executives in businesses and organisations in a broad range of sectors.

If you are interested in joining the advisory committee and / or would like to suggest a person you think might be a suitable chairperson, please email paul@thesmfglobal.com

If you would like to know more about general participation in the Focus Group and its activities email reporting@thesmfglobal.com to join our mailing list. 

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Strategic Importance of Reputation Focus Group

 

 

Earlier this year a core team of people met to spearhead the formation of a Focus Group (Think Tank) to examine The Strategic Importance of Reputation as a strategic management issue.

The group identified 8 broad themes as the basis of 8 events (one per quarter), and the production of a series of 8 books. Collectively they will represent a 2-year programme of enquiry.

We would now like to establish an advisory committee of 16-24 people, to work in groups of 2-3 in leading the production of an event, and in co-authoring a book on the theme of that event. The book will be published as part of an 8 book series by a major publisher.

The advisory committee will be chaired by David Landsman, Executive Director at Tata Limited and Chairman Tata Europe Network Forum. I, as CEO of the Strategic Management Forum, will also be a participant. Together David and I will oversee the development of the programme, and will co-edit the series of books.

The first tasks of the advisory committee will be to develop a synopsis of each of the 8 topics, and to agree who the 2-3 people leading each topic will be. These are the 8 broad themes that have been proposed:

  1. Why Reputation Matters, The Strategic Importance of Reputation
  2. How Reputations are Ruined and Repaired
  3. Reputation, Governance, Stewardship & Corporate Culture
  4. Reputation, Brand and the Customer Experience
  5. Reputation Building, Innovation & Change Management
  6. Reputation, Stakeholder Engagement & Communication
  7. Reputation and Finance, Measuring and Reporting
  8. Reputational Risk Management 

Expressions of interest in involvement in the advisory committee are now invited, from people who believe they have the credentials and experience to be able to explore the issue they wish to focus on comprehensively and authoritatively, in collaboration with others. It should be noted that the project will not be approached as an academic exercise. Our goal is to explore the issues from a practical perspective, and to contribute to a body of knowledge and practice that will advance the professional practice of strategic management. We will therefore be looking to identify insights, understand their practical implications and offer guidance to the readers of the books. The principal audience will be senior and mid-level executives in businesses and organisations in a broad range of sectors.

If you are interested in joining the advisory committee, please email paul@thesmfglobal.com

If you would like to know more about general participation in the Focus Group and its activities email reputation@thesmfglobal.com to join our mailing list.  

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Introducing Business Hard Talk

 

Members of the strategic Management Forum can now benefit from a free subscription to Business Hard Talk, a new online business news channel. The first phase was launched last week. It is an initiative of Paul Barnett, Also Founder and CEO of the Forum. It will feature regular columns, feature articles, news and special reports. Take a look at the website here. Then email if you would like to request a free subscription.

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The Birth and Death of a Pariah

 

I have just published as short review of Pariahs: Hubris, Reputation and Organisational Crises by Matt Nixon, a Fellow of The Strategic Management Forum. 

 

It is a thorough, fair and balanced reflection on the causes of corporate crises. It is based on his own experiences in the two industries he knows best, banking and oil, plus research into many others. The two have, coincidentally, been the subject of some of the biggest crises in business history and, each faced a series of major catastrophes.

Matt was in search of answers to questions, not revenge or retribution. Nor does he appoint blame to individuals or particular organisations. He recognises that the issues are complex and the problems are systemic.

 

Matt will also be a member of out Focus Group in The Strategic Importance of Reputation and will be the guest speaker at our next Chief Strategists Club dinner.

 

Read the Short Review

Buy the Book 

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Focus Groups to Produce Book Series

 

Focus Groups (Think Tanks) are about to be launched by the Strategic Management Forum. They will represent a key way in which our members may actively engaged in ways that relate to their interests. They are also essential in achieving our goal of advancing the professional practice of strategic management. They will each look at specific areas of strategic management with the aim of distilling the existing knowledge on the topic, before identifying areas for further research. They will engage consultants, though leaders, academics and practitioners in the advancement of our current knowledge and understanding of an issue, with the aim of improving practice.

 

In order to ensure each group has a clear agenda, retains a focus on it, and produces outputs of practical use, the plan is to have each group link it's agenda to the titles of a series of books that explore issues related to the topic. The books would be short practical guides and discussions, grounded in robust research and theory. And, for the first series we have already lined up a major publisher.

 

From among the membership of each Focus Group two or three people will be invited to co-author each of the books in the series, and the Chair of the group advisory committee will be invited to be a co-editor of the series. The books will also provide a tangible way in which each group can contribute to our growing body of knowledge and practice. 

 

Take a look at the page on Focus Groups and let us know if you would be interested in joining one: contact@thesmfglobal.com

 

 

Strategy Snacks

Strategy Snacks are regular short articles designed to provoke thought. They are written by Paul Barnett, Founder and CEO of the Strategic Management Forum. Summaries are available on Linkedin Pulse. Full articles are free to members only.     

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