Narrow Strategy

Narrow strategy understands the world in terms of conflicts and opponents.

In this narrow view of the world, relationships are rarely built. They are more often broken or leveraged against each other.

Broad strategy understands the world as communications and commerce among interdependent parties in relationships that can always be conceived to exist for mutual benefit.

In this broad view of the world, relationships are not only sought but also fostered. They are nurtured with care to be embedded in networks of value for all.

Comments:

Masood, what was this apropos of?

examples of businesses/corporations who might adopt "narrow" strategies? Can someone in this globalized world afford narrow strategies?

Posted by Umang Kumar on May 03, 2007 at 05:31 AM PDT #

May be this is not so related to business, but I think in such narrow view of the world security means more locks, rules, punishment ,boundary, and hiding.

I think you can relate this idea to your previous discussion about trust.

Posted by pasparto on May 03, 2007 at 06:46 AM PDT #

Pasparto - Yes, you're right. this doesn't just have to do with the business world.

Umang - You're right. Most companies have grown out of this. However, there are still many companies which think of their relationships as governed by zero-sum games, not only w.r.t. direct competitors but also w.r.t. suppliers and customers. In certain very odd dimensions this might be true. In others, relationships can hardly be governed by zero sum games but feed directly on commerce (exchange) and creation of value networks. (I'll think about examples but I'm leaving on a short trip and won't be back until later Friday.)

Posted by M. Mortazavi on May 03, 2007 at 07:02 AM PDT #

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