Strategic Management Practices Issues Group

U.S. Trust

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

January 21, 2011: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

The Strategic Management Practices Issues Group offers a more interactive alternative to Chicago Booth’s alumni round tables. Attendance at each session is limited to 20 participants, who gather to discuss a strategy topic chosen for that month. Discussion is guided by suggested readings that are relevant to the topic, and by a facilitator who ensures a lively discussion with balanced participation. The group is a great way to challenge your own ideas, gain new perspectives, and get to know fellow Booth alums better. No matter what aspect of strategy your work entails, this forum provides an enjoyable way to sharpen your business acumen. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, except December, from 7:30 until 8:45 AM.


Discussions are held in the Burnham Rooms at US Trust in Chicago, our host and co-sponsor. There is no fee for attending, but registration closes two days prior to the event. No registrations can be accepted after this time. If you register and your schedule changes, please let us know immediately so we can offer your seat to someone else. 


We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting, where you can update your MBA, interact with fellow Booth alums, expand your professional network ... and still make it to the office by 9:00 AM!


U.S. Trust
Burnham Rooms
231 South LaSalle
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Disruptive Strategy Models

January 21, 2011


The plunging temperatures and the stalling economic recovery have prompted us to kick off our 2011 Strategic Management discussions by examining the idea of disruptive models.  How can they help us, hurt us, or maybe even get us back on track?

To prepare for the discussion on Friday, January 21, please review the following articles:


What Strategists Can Learn from Sartre

By James Ogilvy, Strategy +Business, Winter 2003
Strategic thinking can benefit from philosophy. In this reflective piece, the author explained why in an uncertain world where competitive advantage is insecure, setting strategy must become an existential exercise.


How to Win by Changing the Game

 By Cesare Mainardi, Paul Leinwand, and Steffen Lauster,

Strategy +Business, Winter 2008
This was the magazine’s first major piece on capabilities-driven strategy, laying the groundwork for Leinwand and Mainardi’s book The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy (Harvard Business Press, 2010).

What to Do Against Disruptive Business Models (When and How to Play Two Games at Once)

By Constantinos C. Markides and Daniel Oyon,  June 26, 2010

Fighting against a disruptive business model by rolling out a second business model is one option for companies to consider. But to make that work, you need to avoid the trap of getting stuck in the middle.

We welcome suggestions for articles and topics.  If anyone has a topic idea or would like to facilitate one of our discussions, please e-mail Rachel Kaberon at We value diverse perspectives and encourage volunteers to lead conversations or participate in article selection. 


No Charge


Register Online
Online registration, including a current e-mail address and phone number, is required. Registration closes two days prior to the event; no late registrations will be accepted.

Attendance at each session is limited to 20 participants. If your schedule changes after you register, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your seat to someone else.

Deadline: 1/19/2011


Bob Rieder, '06