Strategy Execution: Preparing Business Leaders of the Future

September 2, 2021
Hosted by William Ulrich

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Multiple studies show that strategy execution is a major challenge for corporations and government agencies of all types and sizes. As organizations attempt to improve and streamline their ability to execute their strategies, it raises the question as to how well institutions of higher learning are preparing tomorrow’s business leaders in this area. Will new recruits from prestigious schools be able to step into the strategy execution void? Academic institutions have long taught strategy definition approaches and techniques, but evidence suggests that strategy execution program offerings are much less likely to be offered by major universities. In this episode of The North Star, William Ulrich welcomes guest Dr. Brian Cameron to discuss the state of available strategy execution offerings at major universities. The discussion will focus on the strategy execution gap in higher education programs, what is available from selected institutions, and available resources for universities seeking to incorporate strategy execution into MBA and related programs. Join this discussion to gain insights into where this discipline stands in academia, why it should be a focal point for university programs, and opportunities for strategy execution to expand in business and related curriculum.

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The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, often challenging conventional wisdom for achieving an organization’s strategic vision. The host and thought leaders from multiple fields explore concepts that include rethinking innovation, increasing enterprise agility, transitioning to the circular economy, managing enterprise risk and becoming a cognitive enterprise. Setting sights on one’s “north star” is only half the story. Decades of experience point to the headwinds organizations have faced in pursuit of their strategic vision. To that end, the North Star examines how organizations can more effectively deliver on critical business strategies in these uncertain times. The show tackles intractable challenges that many organizations have historically sidestepped, such as optimizing major program investments and untangling high risk technology deployments. While the show often points toward the road less traveled, that road that can make all the difference.

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William Ulrich

William Ulrich is President of Tactical Strategy Group, Inc., Cofounder of Business Architecture Associates, President and Cofounder of the Business Architecture Guild and Cutter Consortium Fellow. As a management consultant for more than 40 years, Mr. Ulrich continues to serve as advisor, mentor and workshop leader to corporations and governments worldwide. He is a thought leader in strategy execution, business transformation, business architecture and transformation oversight. Mr. Ulrich has the unique ability to engage executives and practitioners across business and IT boundaries to facilitate and streamline ecosystem-wide transformation. His transformation workshops and lectures have been widely attended by organizations worldwide. Mr. Ulrich blends his IT transformation expertise with his extensive business architecture and business transformation experience to deliver end-to-end solutions that are fully aligned to business strategy. He has authored or coauthored multiple books and transformation methodologies and was an originating contributor to “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge.” Prior to founding Tactical Strategy Group in 1990, Mr. Ulrich served as management consultant, spending the bulk of the 1980s with KPMG where he helped mature its software reengineering practice. His latest writings focus on the cognitive enterprise, transitioning to the circular economy and business-driven IT architecture transformation.

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