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Post Number:#1 by Scerakor
» 11 Oct 2017, 15:02

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Influence of Military Strategies to Business" by M.D. White.]

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2 out of 4 stars
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For all of recorded history, human beings have waged war against one another. Ever since that first battle, we have studied that very act of war. It is, therefore, no surprise that Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is still studied today. M.D. White takes the study of war one step further and applies those strategies (and others) directly to business and business models in The Influence of Military Strategies to Business.

This book touches on many of the important aspects of running a business (as well as leading a company) and makes the parallels between them and military strategies. Many of the military concepts in
this book come from Sun Tzu’s famous work, but M.D. White also touches on some other aspects of warfare. He equates the strategies found in military doctrine to business planning, business models, market analysis, strategies for large and small companies, selling strategies, innovation, and more. By approaching the marketplace as your battleground/environment, your competitors as your enemy, and market research as intelligence gathering, it is easy to see how companies are able to apply the multitude of military strategies to their advantage.

As a military officer, I absolutely love the idea of equating military strategies to business practices. What many people forget is that, when you get down to it, a nation’s armed forces are a business as well. I love the concept that researching timeless texts could potentially give rise to revolutionary developments in the field of business. I really enjoyed that White was able not only to make the comparisons between warfare and business but also give relevant examples of real-life companies’ successes (and failures) based on the concepts presented. It brings the ideas that White is proposing down to the working level and makes them a reality for the reader. What I liked the most about this book was the particular chapters on offensive and defensive strategies. It was extremely interesting for me to see these particular concepts of warfare (e.g. shock and awe, flanking attack, strategic withdraw, etc) applied to a particular commercial sales approach.

Although I like the concept of this book in general, I found that it was poorly put together as a whole. I found that the flow from chapter to chapter didn’t really work to its advantage and, in fact, led to more confusion than clarification. As well, there was little consistency in both the syntax and the wording. For example, even in the table of contents, some chapters are all in capitals while others are not, the title of Sun Tzu’s work is both in quotes and not, and there is no consistency in chapter naming. In the chapters themselves, I would have expected there to always be a comparison between the military strategies presented and business, but this did not end up being the case. I found that some chapters would go on for pages at a time simply discussing business best practices (without any link to military strategy) and others simply discussed elements of Sun Tzu's work without making the appropriate business connection. Finally, and what I liked least about the book, is how the exact same quotes or examples were used many times over and in different chapters. One particular quote from Sun Tzu, regardless of its relevance, was used at least six additional times throughout the book. This repetition gives the book the impression that there is little material to work with if it is forced to reuse a single quote again and again.

I really wanted to enjoy this book. I was looking forward to a comprehensive and well-organized treaty on the translation of military strategies to business processes/tactics. Unfortunately, this book fell short of my expectations for the reasons outlined in the paragraph above. That being said, if you can get past the book bouncing between topics, it does have an interesting message and presents some thought-provoking ideas. For this reason, I will give this book 2 out of 4 stars. If you are a voracious consumer of business strategy literature, I honestly think that you will get some very good nuggets of information and food for thought from this book. If you are just a casual reader or a stickler for information flow in your non-fiction books, this one won’t be for you.

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Re: Official Review: The Influence of Military Strategies to

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 20 Oct 2017, 08:17

Once again, this is one of those books that sounds like it would benefit from a good editor. Someone that can help with the flow of topics and chapters as well as editing. I'm sure there are good strategies to use mixed in there. Thanks for the review.
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Post Number:#3 by The Irmuun
» 20 Oct 2017, 09:11

I loved the influence of Military Strategies to Business, if had this book ten years ago my business journey would have been so much easier and less frightening.

It is a very exciting book and clears the mind of any fear of the future and what to do next, you feel your confidence grow with every page you turn, hearing the inner voices go from I can't do this, to I can do this, to I want to do this to, I am doing it, I have taken the first step. Wow, I am on my way :)
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Post Number:#4 by Mercy Bolo
» 20 Oct 2017, 14:47

I was getting interested in reading this book until you said it was poorly put together.
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Post Number:#5 by Christina Rose
» 20 Oct 2017, 16:00

Too bad this book did not meet your expectations. There was definite potential there, from the way it sounds. Maybe better preparation would have been beneficial to the final outcome. It is an interesting concept to draw parallels between military strategies and business practices. I probably won't be reading this book, but I appreciate your review.
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Post Number:#6 by Al Chakauya
» 20 Oct 2017, 17:11

From the way you say it, it sounds the book has a lot of potential. A good Editor would do the trick. Let me hasten to say that I am tempted to read the book because of the unusual link between military strategies and the business fratenity. A splendid review though, well done.
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Post Number:#7 by Amica
» 21 Oct 2017, 03:01

Good for busy people who want to learn more about job
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Post Number:#8 by NWOBODO P A
» 21 Oct 2017, 16:28

This book is good for business morgues, a gave it 3 out of 4 stars# millitary stratregies.
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Post Number:#9 by Aimy
» 23 Oct 2017, 03:10

Thanks for the thorough review. It's been helpful in gaining an insight into the subject matter. I feel sorry that despite having the interesting and useful information, this book couldn't be rated well because of the mentioned flaws.
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Post Number:#10 by Quinto
» 24 Oct 2017, 05:55

Appling military knowledge to business is certainly a good idea. For it's passionate and zealous. Nice review.
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Post Number:#11 by meteku4
» 24 Oct 2017, 06:04

I no doubt agree that great strategies are needed for great business successes. Great review.

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I no doubt agree that great strategies are needed for great business successes. Great review.
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Post Number:#12 by Kat Berg
» 25 Oct 2017, 00:10

Hmm, I have been reading a lot lately about business practices, particularly in the realm of leadership and management, so this seems like a book I would check out, but especially in non-fiction it is extremely hard for me to look past poor editing. Primarily because it makes me wonder if the information is trustworthy (although I'm not sure that is an entirely just concern). Such a shame, but thanks for the insightful review.
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Post Number:#13 by readandsmile
» 28 Oct 2017, 07:23

oh, so sad for your experienced on this book. War is sometimes betrayed by their own race for business purposes. WSell, nice review. Cheers!
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Post Number:#14 by Mtsweni Nelsy
» 05 Nov 2017, 13:43

There is nothing more disappointing than to read a good book with a serious need for editing. Thanks for the review.
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