Books by PwC’s Strategy& experts

Fit for Growth
Very few organizations manage their costs for sustainable success. They spend their money on the wrong things or they cut the wrong things for the wrong reasons, ultimately leaving them weaker and unfit to compete. Instead, organizations need to think about their costs strategically, as investments that will fuel their growth, so they put their money where their strategy is. Fit for Growth is a guide for senior executives and middle managers on how to align their company's costs and organization with their strategy so they can grow, create value, and sustainably outperform competitors.
Strategy That Works
Winning companies don’t follow conventional wisdom. They apply five acts of unconventional leadership that allow them to close the strategy-to-execution gap. In Strategy That Works, authors Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi reveal the five practices used by today’s winning companies. Packed with tools executives can use for building these practices into their organization, Strategy That Works is a powerful guide to connecting where enterprises aim to go and what they can accomplish.
The conventional wisdom about strategy may be leading your company astray. In The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy, Strategy&'s Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi maintain that success in any market accrues to firms with a coherence premium — a tight match between their strategic direction and the capabilities that make them unique.
Every enterprise has an informal as well as a formal organization. The formal is the side with which business people are usually most familiar. The informal is generally less familiar. It consists of emerging ideas, social networks, working norms, values, peer relationships, and communities of common interest – the elements that often hide beyond the boundaries of the formal. In Leading Outside the Lines, authors Jon Katzenbach and Zia Khan make the compelling case that it is in the less familiar informal world where magic happens … yet one without the other is unlikely to sustain peak performance over time.
In The China Strategy, Edward Tse, describes how to build the capabilities that business leaders need for operating an integrated China-global strategy.
The Right Fight
Harmony and alignment are not always the best way to get the most out of organizations. Contrary to conventional management wisdom, leaders can unleash creativity, innovation and the productive potential of their employees by strategically employing “right fights,” The fundamental premise: A certain amount of struggle and stress energizes organizations and individuals, leading to optimal execution.
Cut Costs and Grow Stronger
In this e-book published as part of the Harvard Business Press “Memo to the CEO” series, Shumeet Banerji, Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi provide executives with the tools they need to rapidly implement capabilities-driven cost reduction.
Written by Gerald Adolph and Justin Pettit, this book in the “Future of Business” series examines the effect five long-term trends and the current downturn are having on M&A and suggests ways companies can improve their deal-making strategies, capabilities, and tactics.
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The latest in the “Future of Business” series debunks the major myths around the changing nature of energy in the 21st century and makes it clear that for business leaders, the status quo is not an option.
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Each year, billions of dollars are spent on marketing endeavors. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the money disappears into thin air, and marketing executives are left wondering if any of it came back in the form of ROI. The Four Pillars of Profit-Driven Marketing offers a practical, proven framework that helps marketers capture the metrics essential to determining ROI and use them to develop an overall marketing strategy based on accurate ROI figures.
This book reflects the increasingly widespread conviction in global corporations that people are a primary asset and competitive advantage, and that a compelling people strategy is required to fully realize their value.
If your goal is to hone your deal-making skills and capabilities, to ensure the fulfillment of fiduciary responsibility, or to build your personal reputation for M&A success, The CFO as Deal Maker is essential reading.
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strategy+business editor Art Kleiner updates his 1996 classic for a new generation of managers and management students in the 2008 edition of this highly acclaimed book.
This strategy+business Reader is for both public- and private-sector organizations, in any part of the world. It can help change you from a reluctant manager, complying with pressure from outside, to a proactive advocate for your own best customer: Yourself.
A groundbreaking book offers an engrossing overview of the new era of manufacturing and the modern strategies that are streamlining success.
This book asserts that we are at the beginning of a consumer-centric digital age where traditional ways of marketing products and services are no longer viable. The book explores the potential of the digital era and its implications for executives and marketing and ad professionals.
Experts show how leaders in business, government, and civil society can reach across national and sector divisions, forming collaborative "megacommunities" that are directed toward a common goal.
Interviews with Chief Marketing Officers from leading companies make it clear: The business of the CMO is being a Growth Champion in the C-Suite.
Whether performance measurement and capital planning or risk management and capital structure, this book translates the principles of corporate finance theory into practical methods for implementing them.
In this strategy+business Reader, a team of experts from Booz & Company explore the emerging phenomenon known as as "shelf-centered collaboration."
This strategy+business Reader will help executives unveil the opportunities, manage the risks, and navigate the complexities inherent in doing business in China.
A compilation of the latest and most innovative ideas in modern manufacturing thought to offer new ways to understand manufacturing: its costs, its hidden value, and its opportunities.
The Whole Deal shows readers that a new era of successful mergers is upon us, one in which tough lessons about planning and execution are being applied to today’s deals.
This book reveals that a clear view is emerging of the changes that lie ahead for the global services industry, as well as of the most effective approach for dealing with these changes.
A compilation of some of the best thinking on how companies can step up to the innovation challenge: designing winning business models, developing breakthrough products and services, and streamlining innovation operations.
Every company has a personality. Does yours help or hinder your results?
Jon Katzenbach writes about how pride can motivate employees to achieve higher performance and how instilling pride can be achieved.
A team strives for something greater than what its individuals can achieve individually. In the Discipline of Teams, Jon Katzenbach discusses how teamwork can be instilled to empower organizations.
Organizations can develop a competitive advantage by employing five balanced motivational paths – mission, process and metrics, entrepreneurial spirit, individual achievement and recognition and celebration – to achieve better performance with their workforce.
Jon Katzenbach highlights key takeaways from his articles in the Harvard Business Review on the roadblocks that every team faces and benefits that await top teams.
Teams at the Top analyzes the notion that less team performance is seen in top organizations and explains that high-performing organizations require a balanced leadership effort that fully exploits non-team and team approaches.
This book is the story of real change leaders -- middle managers. It shows senior managers how companies can tap into this source of leadership capability drive success.