his trip began with a paper by Henry called `Strategy Formation: Schools of Thought,` published by Jim Fredrickson in a collection entitled Perspectives on Strategic Management (HarperCollins, 1990). Bruce used the paper in a course at Trent University and found that it worked well. `Why don't you do a book on it?` he suggested. `Why don't we do it together?` Henry replied. They both thought that Joe would make an excellent member of the team. So the safari was launched.
We did not, however, write this as a textbook or some sort of academ-ic treatise. From the outset, we believed that the book should have as much relevance for managers and consultants in practice as students and professors in the clasroom. So we set out to write an easily accessible explanation of the fascinating field of strategic management. Sure, some parts may appeal more to practitioners, while others may be more of interest to the academically inclined. This is in the nature of the beast. We did not set out to domesticate it but to make it friendly. We wanted readers from everywhere to join our safari. But at the same time we want to challenge you. We take risks and hope that they will invigorate you. For as we argue throughout, the field of strategic management needs to be opened up, not closed down; it needs reconciliation among its many different tendencies, not the isolation of each.
To enrich the experience of this safari, we hope to follow up with a Guidebook. We have also prepared an Instructor's Manual to facilitate the use of this rather unconventional book in the classroom.
We owe many thank-yous. Bob Wallace of The Free Press must be especially singled out. In the musical chairs world of publishing these days, to be able to work with someone of his caliber, dedication, and experience is most unusual. Abby Luthin gave welcome support there as well.
Kate Maguire provided great help, as she has so often in the past. (Kate labeled the manuscript `The Beast` long before it received its current title!) She was supported admirably by Elana Trager, especially in tracking down some tricky bits of information. Coralie Clement dealt with all the references and permissions, plus lots more, working across countries, authors, and problems with remarkable skill. At one point, she wrote in an e-mail, `I think it's pretty awesome that I am communicating with a Franco-Anglo-Canadian in India about a book being published in the U.S. and Europe.... Ahhh, modern life.`
Particularly wise and helpful were comments on the manuscript provided by Joelle Meric. Thanks also go to the doctoral students of Henry's colloquium in Montreal, who made a number of helpful suggestions, and to Maeve Quaid, Doug Torgerson, and Melissa Nadler. We also express our appreciation to Denise Fleck for doing the index.