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Unblocking strategy: Understanding the barriers to strategy implementation

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 31 May 2019

Issue publication date: 11 July 2019




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


Casting aside the well-worn mantras about failure in management circles – “Fail to prepare and prepare to fail,”, etc. – and then when reading about management techniques or strategy, there is often a focus on what managers SHOULD do are actions they MUST take, rather than any highlighting of what NOT to do in a given situation. Management case studies do include failures sometimes, with estimated failures of strategy implementation of up to 70 per cent, a large proportion of those ever see the light of day.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2019), "Unblocking strategy: Understanding the barriers to strategy implementation", Strategic Direction, Vol. 35 No. 7, pp. 28-30.



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