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A serial successful strategic transformer of businesses An interview with Anthony Habgood, Chairman of Whitbread plc, Reed Elsevier plc and former CEO and Chairman, Bunzl plc

A serial successful strategic transformer of businesses An interview with Anthony Habgood,... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how key strategic decisions are made in practice at successful FTSE 100 companies. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a semi‐structured interview with the Chairman of Whitbread plc, Reed Elsevier plc, Mr Anthony Habgood. Mr Habgood has a track record in successfully achieving corporate strategic transformation. Findings – The paper sheds light on ingredients of successful strategy formulation and implementation, corporate strategic transformation, key elements of successful mergers and acquisitions and leadership as a vital ingredient in corporate performance. Research limitations/implications – The paper presents views of a successful and highly regarded Chairman of two FTSE 100 companies. Mr Habgood was also the Chief Executive of a third FTSE 100 company. It provides an insight on how strategy is made and executed. Originality/value – The paper bridges the gap between theory and practice. It provides a practical view and demonstrates how corporate leaders think about key strategic issues. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Strategy and Management Emerald Publishing

A serial successful strategic transformer of businesses An interview with Anthony Habgood, Chairman of Whitbread plc, Reed Elsevier plc and former CEO and Chairman, Bunzl plc

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1755-425X
DOI
10.1108/17554251011019422
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how key strategic decisions are made in practice at successful FTSE 100 companies. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a semi‐structured interview with the Chairman of Whitbread plc, Reed Elsevier plc, Mr Anthony Habgood. Mr Habgood has a track record in successfully achieving corporate strategic transformation. Findings – The paper sheds light on ingredients of successful strategy formulation and implementation, corporate strategic transformation, key elements of successful mergers and acquisitions and leadership as a vital ingredient in corporate performance. Research limitations/implications – The paper presents views of a successful and highly regarded Chairman of two FTSE 100 companies. Mr Habgood was also the Chief Executive of a third FTSE 100 company. It provides an insight on how strategy is made and executed. Originality/value – The paper bridges the gap between theory and practice. It provides a practical view and demonstrates how corporate leaders think about key strategic issues.

Journal

Journal of Strategy and ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 23, 2010

Keywords: Organizational restructuring; Acquisitions and mergers; Strategic leadership

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