Crafting Strategy That Measures Up

  •  Kwaku Ahenkora    
  •  Ofosuhene Peasah    


The strategic management literature is replete with seldom-tested directives on crafting strategy. This study used
corporate historical analysis of Proctor and Gamble (P&G) to examine the extent to which the company’s near
decade (2000-2009) strategies reflect the theoretical rationale of Thompson and Strickland’s popular textbook’s
‘10 Commandments’ of crafting strategy. P&G attributed the decade’s performance to the choices it made by
designing the company to lead with clear strategies, core strengths needed to win in the industry, rigorous cash
and cost discipline and diversity of leadership. P&G’s strategy partially reflected the predominantly economic
themes of the 10 commandments. The company also leveraged dynamic capabilities and harnessed alliance
competence, concepts embedded in the evolution of strategic management.

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