This is the second topic in our serial on Strategy. I had mentioned earlier that we will limit our concern to Business Strategy for now.
But since the book has already explained to reasonable extent a lot of theories on Business Strategy. My specific concern with this serial especially after this topic is to take us on practical journey on micro, small and medium scale businesses in Nigeria and if the theories are really relevant to our environment and if YES, how far are they being implemented, suggesting areas of improvements and why some are not or may never be practicable.

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What then is Business Strategy?
The word ‘Strategy’ is coined from the Greek word ‘Strategia’ used in Military Science to mean ‘all comprehensive plans and tactics deployed in distinguishing battles within wars and prosecuting those battles, leading to the ultimate defeat of the enemy and eventual victory at the wars.

Strategy has now been imported into management or business after the Second World War (1945). Some of the early management writers on Strategy are Chandler, Drucker, Johnson, Scholes and Wittington etc.

Levels of Business Strategy?
There are three levels of Strategy:
– Corporate Strategy: This has to do with making business decisions and visioning objective.
– Competitive Strategy: This has to do with how each business competes at the market place or in a given industry and thereby contributes to its Organizational objective.
– Functional Strategy: This has to do with the different functions or functional areas that are c-ordinated and integrated to support the Competitive or Business Strategy leading to the ultimate achievement of the Corporate Strategy.

Elements of Corporate Strategy
– Deciding the vision and mission of the entity.
– Deciding the entity’s business or products portfolio
– Matching the entity’s businesses to available resources and external realities.
– Matching the entity’s vision and mission to shareholder’s expectation
– Matching the entity’s vision and mission to other stakeholders’ expectation.

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