Chapter 4. Figuring Strategy


“Dream, meine Herren, but then check.”

 --(Mario Bunge)

“It requires an unusual mind to make an analysis of the obvious.”

 --(Alfred North Whitehead)

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

 --(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

“In science as in love, a concentration on technique is quite likely to lead to impotence.”


Introduction to Chapter 4

Planning may have faltered, but analyzing didn’t. Indeed, it became far more popular. After the planner had replaced the manager, or at least tried to, the analysts replaced both—often in the guise of manager. Management became calculating; strategizing became figuring. And strategies themselves became positions—places for products in markets.

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