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Business Planning and Market Strategy offers students, entrepreneurs, and executives penetrating insights into developing business plans and market strategies that bolster the odds of succeeding in today's highly competitive marketplace. Rather than reduce the planning process to mechanistic, step-by-step instructions, which promote “thinking inside the box”, author E.K. Valentin provides practical planning guidelines that encourage creative strategic problem solving. Drawing on both his business experience and the business literature, he explains not only what entrepreneurs and executives should look at when pondering plans and strategies, but also what they should look for. The book's unique applied perspective, sets Business Planning '; Market Strategy apart from conventional “how” planning guides.

Devising a Business Model
Devising a business model

[T]he real environment is altogether too big, too complex, and too fleeting for direct acquaintance. We are not equipped to deal with so much subtlety, so much variety, so many permutations and combinations. And although we have to act in that environment, we have to reconstruct it on a simpler model before we can manage with it.

Walter Lippmann

How does your business work? Which customers does it target? And how does it create superior value for customers and shareholders? If your business has a long successful history, you may be able to answer quickly. But if it is a new venture or a venture in decline, you may have to think long and hard before responding.

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