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About Kim Warren

Originator of Strategy Dynamics

Kim is an experienced strategy professional, teacher and writer. His work now focuses entirely on the practical, rigorous method known as Strategy Dynamics which he developed to help businesses and other organisations of any kind or size radically improve their planning and implementation of strategy.

After 15 years in senior strategy roles in business, Kim joined the Strategy faculty at London Business School, teaching on MBA and Executive programs. Realising serious limitations with the strategy methods available – see The Trouble with strategy … (Kindle, 2012) he developed the powerful strategy dynamics frameworks. He is author of the prize- winning Competitive Strategy Dynamics (Wiley, 2002), a major strategy textbook Strategic Management Dynamics (Wiley, 2008), and e-book summary of the method – Strategy Dynamics Essentials (Kindle, 2011). Widely used in business schools, this latest book is also invaluable to consultants and executives engaged in strategy.

With colleagues, he has developed many simulation-based business games that provide a clear understanding of his rigorous, fact-based approach to developing and managing Strategy and performance. To these learning materials has now been added the powerful, easy to use Sysdea online modelling software. He offers a fully-featured online course in Strategy Dynamics, also available as part of a Masters degree programme - see strategydynamics.com/sdcourse.

Collaborations with leading consulting firms have extended the scope of Strategy Dynamics' impact to corporate strategy, equity analysis, technological disruption and due-diligence for M&A and private equity deals. Consulting relationships also enhance and develop the approach, recent examples including the UK Government's Dept for International Development, Microsoft Inc, Visa International, BT plc, Barclays Bank, Schneider Electric and PWC, and other public sector and voluntary organisations.

Most recently, his work has proved directly applicable to issues in international development, such as Aid for Trade, and supporting Private Sector Development in emerging countries, through the UK Dept for International Development.

Kim has an engineering background, an MBA and PhD from the London Business School. His early career was spent in the oil and petrochemicals industry. He was later retail strategy director for Whitbread PLC during the group's transformation to become the dominant operator in many leisure sectors.

Kim's work, publications, software and extensive learning materials are available on this site. You can contact Kim using our contact form or via LinkedIn

Publications

The Trouble with Strategy, 2012, Strategy Dynamics Ltd.

Strategy Dynamics Essentials, 2009, Strategy Dynamics Ltd.

Strategic Management Dynamics, 2008, Wiley: New York.

Improving strategic management with the fundamental principles of system dynamics, 2006, System Dynamics Review, 21(4), 329 – 350.

Invisible ink, 2004, Business Strategy Review, 15(4), 57-65.

Why has feedback systems thinking struggled to influence strategy and policy formulation?, 2004, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 21(4), 331 – 347.

The Critical Path, 2003, Vola Press. Republished by Business Experts Press, 2009

People Power, 2003, with Jeremy Kourdi, Vola Press. Republished by Business Experts Press, 2009

Competitive Strategy Dynamics, 2002, Wiley: New York. (Superseded by Strategic Management Dynamics, above)

Operationalising the Impact of Competence-Building on the Performance of Firms' Resource-Systems, in Sanchez R. (ed.), 'Perspectives on Resources, Capabilities and Management Processes', 2001, Elsevier Science.

'Talent Growth Dynamic' (with others), McKinsey Quarterly, 2000, No.1, pp.106-115.

'The Softer Side of Strategy Dynamics', Business Strategy Review, 11(1), 2000, pp.45-58. Reprint (PDF)

'The Dynamics of Rivalry', Business Strategy Review, 10(4), 1999, pp.41-54. Reprint (PDF)

'The Dynamics of Strategy', Business Strategy Review, 10(3), 1999, pp.1-16. Reprint (PDF)

'Designing your Growth Path: an Interview with Charles Farquharson (Mercury Asset Management)', Jnl of the Operational Research Society, 50(4), 1999, pp.392-395.

'The Effective Communication of System Dynamics to Improve Insight and Learning in Management Education' (with Paul Langley), Jnl of the Operational Research Society, 50(4), 1999, pp.396-404.

The end of Voodoo brand management, (with others), McKinsey Quarterly, 1998, No. 2, pp.106-117.

'The growth of service and the service of growth', Decision Support Systems, 19 (1997), pp.271-287 - with A van Ackere and E Larsen.

'Building Resources for Competitive Advantage' in Mastering Management, Dickson T and G Bickerstaffe (eds), 1997, FT Pitman: London

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