Strategy& Foresight

Strategy& Foresight contains an indispensable selection of our best, most provocative and timely work.

June 2016

What do Apple, Danaher, Natura, Haier, and IKEA have in common? They have succeeded by breaking the rules

In all too many businesses there is a significant and unnecessary gap between strategy and execution: a lack of connection between where the enterprise aims to go and what it can accomplish. In our new book, Strategy That Works: How Winning Companies Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap, published by Harvard Business Review Press, we studied 14 iconic companies to learn what they do to close the strategy-to-execution gap – how they create value for customers, what few capabilities allow them to do so in a way that others cannot, and what products and services thrive in their unique capabilities system. What did we discover? Leaders of these companies excel at 5 unconventional acts — management practices that contradict conventional wisdom.

Featured Foresights

5 Ways to Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap

Many executives doubt whether their strategies will bring them success. Five unexpected behaviors can help them change course.

Find out more

5 Ways to Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap

Strategy That Works: Five acts to transform your future

Business strategy is broken — and success may lie in breaking the rules. See the ideas that inspired Strategy That Works.

Watch the video

Five acts to transform your future

Company examples

We studied 14 iconic companies to learn how they create value in a way that others cannot. Learn their secrets to success.

Read their stories

Company examples

2016 Industry Perspectives

Where is your industry headed in the year ahead? Read Strategy&’s analysis of major trends, challenges, and opportunities to consider in 2016 and beyond.

Learn more

2016 Industry Perspectives

Strategy That Works Profiler

Business strategies often fail because of a gap between strategy and execution. Take 5 minutes to learn where your organization stands.

Start the profiler

Strategy That Works Profiler

Strategy& Foresight archive

November, 2016
Strategic transformations — marked by the collision of technological breakthroughs, financial crises, demographic shifts, and other global forces — continue to make waves across industries.

Meet our leader