Engaging with strategy? Try these to start with.
Leading thinkers in strategy invite us to look at old problems through a new lens – to shift our perspectives and to ask more searching questions.
Kim & Mauborgne
Rita Gunther McGrath
Far from the unethical fiend commonly portrayed, Machavelli's The Prince (circa 1515) is the original masterwork of realist statecraft. Everybody interested in strategy should read this brief book.
Karl von Clausewitz
Clausewitz was a Prussian general whose lengthy tome Vom Kriege (On War) was published posthumously by his wife. It places war in its strategic context, summed up by the famous expression: "War is the continuation of politics using other means."
See especially pp. 84–89.
In 2013, renowned KCL historian of war Sir Lawrence Freedman published an extensive review of strategy from Thucydides to the present. For any serious strategist, it is essential reading.
Reading 'other' strategy
Not all useful strategy reading is from the world of business. Major thinking in strategy emerged from international relations; some of the best strategy thinking is still from that realm. While we may not agree with all these writers about everything, they certainly provide examples of clear thinking on strategy or strategic issues.