5 Best Strategic Planning Books Ever Written

Do you want to learn the strategic planning concept from top-rated strategic management books? In this article, we will show you best strategic planning books.

Finding Best Strategic Planning Books

Business strategy comes in many shapes and forms. It can be as simple as the business plan. Or it can be more hardcore like the book Art of War by Sun Tzu. Modern strategy formulation tools and methods can be something like,

- The Value Chain Model by Michael Porter
- The Balanced Scorecard by David P. Norton and Robert S. Kaplan
- The SWOT Analysis by Albert S. Humphrey
- The Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
- The Core Competency by C. K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel
- The Business Model Canvas by Alexander Osterwalder

However, there are 3 ways or basic components of strategy in business that are the basis of any strategy which is listed below,

- Diagnosis of the nature of challenges or levels of competition in business.

- Guiding Policy or a broad statement about how a company or organization should work with the challenges.

- Action Plans or a list of things a company or organization should do to meet the Guiding Policy.

To formulate the annual strategy and plans, many people may rely way too much on gut feelings, information technology implementation, cost reduction plan or imitate what the key competitors are working on which are kind of knee-jerk reaction.

Then, how can we make sure that our competitive strategy is not too generic and the organization can work with a higher level of competition?

Strategic Planning Books Ranking

We believe a good strategy should be tested by international business leaders or CEOs who master the strategy every day. To help our readers find the strategic management books that really works, we come up with the data collection plan as described below,

- First, we find a list of strategic management books and strategic thinking written by notable business leaders on Wikipedia and notable business blogs and websites.

- After that, we check out the news website to find news releases about the launch of the books on strategic planning, strategy, strategic thinking, business planning, strategy and execution and business model development.

- We also search for the strategic management books written by CEOs on Goodreads and Amazon.com

- Then, we remove books irrelevant to strategic planning and strategic thinking from the list such as customer service, project management and team building.

- After that, we evaluate each book on strategic planning by popularity using review ratings on Goodreads and Amazon.com

- We also evaluate the strategic management books by reader feedback and how often the strategy books are updated.

- Finally, we make the final cut of strategic management books we would like to recommend to our readers.

Best Strategic Planning Books are as below:

  1. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy

  2. Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by Alan Lafley

  3. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

  4. TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments by Douglas Conant

  5. Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak

Do you like strategic planning books on this list?


- Porter, M. E. (1985). Competitive advantage: creating and sustaining superior performance. 1985. New York: FreePress, 43, 214.

- Kaplan, R. S., Kaplan, R. S., Norton, D. P., & Norton, D. P. (1996). The balanced scorecard: translating strategy into action. Harvard Business Press.

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Last review and update: Jul 3, 2020
All contents are written by Ben Benjabutr unless marked as [Guest Commentary]

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Ben Benjabutr is the author and editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in supply chain management. You can connect with Ben via Twitter, and Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.