Wargaming for Leaders: Strategic Decision-Making from the Battlefield to the Boardroom.

Author:Marshall, Jeffrey
 
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Wargaming for Leaders: Strategic Decision-Making from the Battlefield to the Boardroom. By Mark Herman, Mark Frost and Robert Kurz. McGraw-Hill, 262 pages. $27.95.

War games aren't all Civil War reenactments or military exercises; they can also be extrapolated to business strategy, as the authors detail. Indeed, the writers--executives at management-consultancy Booz Allen--trace the history of the firm's work in this area back to 1987. That's when executives of Florida-utility firm Florida Power and Light Co., took a fancy to the idea of wargaming and worked for assessing strategic options in a dynamic competitive arena.

The book has a heavy military and geopolitical emphasis that, while intriguing, doesn't offer a lot of application to the corporate world. However, for those fascinated by the notion of working out...

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