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Essential Reading for Strategy Professionals

Below are a list of recommended publications to support learning of best practice within Strategy, M&A and Entrepreneurship. 

Business Plan Formulation

Preparing Effective Business Plans: An Entrepreneurial Approach

This book is for the future entrepreneur who wants to understand the critical issues and feasibility of developing a business venture, while developing an extensive business plan.  Buy on or Buy on

The Ernst & Young Business Plan Guide

Excellent guide on the fundamentals on writing a strong business plan. Buy on or Buy on

The Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies

One of the best books for business planning in a small business context.  Buy on or Buy on


Competitive Intelligence

The Complete Guide to Competitive Intelligence (Fifth Edition)

Comprehensive guide to CI. Detailes a blueprint for conducting the entire competitive intelligence process from start to finish. Buy on

Competitive Intelligence

Good strategic outline on CI. Buy on or Buy on

The New Rules of Competitive Intelligence

Good outline of new models of Competitive Intelligence. Buy on or Buy on


Due Diligence

Due Diligence: An M&A Value Creation Approach

This nuts-and-bolts guide examines all aspects of an M&A due diligence from coming to the decision to acquire a company, to who should be on the due diligence team, to the actual process and the final report and post-closing follow up. Buy on or Buy on

M&A Transactions: Financial Due Diligence From Zero to Professional 

The heart of this book focuses on three most detailed, complex and challenging areas of financial due diligence process and report in a M&A transaction environment in the marketplace; i.e., quality of earnings, cash flows and net assets, together with a high-level summary of the business overview and accounting matters/basis of financial information sections. Buy on or Buy on

Venture Capital Due Diligence: A Guide to Making Smart Investment Choices and Increasing Your Portfolio Returns

Comprehensive framework for conducting the venture capital due diligence process. Buy on or Buy on


Venture Capital

The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies

Describes the various aspects of raising the venture fund, sourcing and structuring investments and insights to generate returns in a consistent manner. Buy on or Buy on

The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital

Pioneers of the PE & VC industry share the investing and management wisdom they have gained by investing in and transforming their portfolio companies. Buy on or Buy on

Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur 

Complete toolbook thoroughly details how venture capitalists arrange the financing for a company; what they look for in a business plan; how they value a business; and how they structure the terms of an agreement. Buy on or Buy on


M&A Process 

Mergers and Acquisitions: A Step-by-Step Legal and Practical Guide

Getting mergers and acquisitions transactions successfully completed requires an understanding of the legal framework, negotiating points, and practical aspects of each stage of the deal. Buy on or Buy on

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Restructurings

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Restructurings, new edition analyses the strategies and motives that inspire M&As, the laws and rules that govern the field, as well as the offensive and defensive techniques of hostile acquisitions. Buy on or Buy on

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Restructuring Activities, Seventh Edition

In the seventh edition of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Restructuring Activities - winner of a 2014 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from the Text and Academic Authors Association - Donald DePamphilis looks into the heart of current economic trends. Buy on or Buy on


Market Analysis

Strategic Market Research: A Guide to Conducting Research that Drives Businesses

For a company to embrace market research as a facilitator of change, it must be willing to take the approach that makes the most impact on its organization. That approach is the key in making a difference using market research. In this guide, author Anne Beall shares her unique procedure for conducting strategic market research. Buy on or Buy on

Market Analysis: Assessing Your Business Opportunities

Planning is a critical process when starting a new business or introducing a new product. Market Analysis shows readers how to execute a feasibility study for more effective planning. A step-by-step approach leads the reader through the feasibility analysis process and describes what needs to be done and how to do it. Buy on or Buy on

Market Segmentation: How to do it, how to profit from it

The Butterworth-Heinemann edition of what was previously published by MacMillian, is a thoroughly revised and updated version. Buy on or Buy on


Strategic Planning

Simplified Strategic Planning: The No-Nonsense Guide for Busy People Who Want Results Fast

Good outline of strategic planning approaches for large businesses. Buy on or Buy on

10 Steps to Successful Strategic Planning

A strategic plan is central to a company's ability to make critical business decisions and develop a mission and vision that will inspire and excite employees, customers, partners and shareholders. Buy on or Buy on

Strategic Planning For Success: Aligning People, Performance, and Payoffs

Offers you a pragmatic guide to the design and development of practical and pragmatic strategic thinking and organizational alignment that will yield high-impact results and measurably add value to you, your organization, your clients, and society. Buy on or Buy on


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