A serial successful strategic transformer of businesses: an interview with Anthony Habgood, Chairman of Whitbread plc, Reed Elsevier plc and former CEO and Chairman, Bunzl plc

O'Regan, N. and Ghobadian, A. (2010) A serial successful strategic transformer of businesses: an interview with Anthony Habgood, Chairman of Whitbread plc, Reed Elsevier plc and former CEO and Chairman, Bunzl plc. Journal of Strategy and Management, 3 (1). pp. 72-78. ISSN 1755-425X

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17554251011019422

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how key strategic decisions are made in practice at successful FTSE 100 companies. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a semi-structured interview with the Chairman of Whitbread plc, Reed Elsevier plc, Mr Anthony Habgood. Mr Habgood has a track record in successfully achieving corporate strategic transformation. Findings – The paper sheds light on ingredients of successful strategy formulation and implementation, corporate strategic transformation, key elements of successful mergers and acquisitions and leadership as a vital ingredient in corporate performance. Research limitations/implications – The paper presents views of a successful and highly regarded Chairman of two FTSE 100 companies. Mr Habgood was also the Chief Executive of a third FTSE 100 company. It provides an insight on how strategy is made and executed. Originality/value – The paper bridges the gap between theory and practice. It provides a practical view and demonstrates how corporate leaders think about key strategic issues. Article Type: Viewpoint

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:organizational restructuring, acquisitions and mergers, strategic leadership
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:13155
Deposited By: A. Lawson
Deposited On:05 Oct 2010 13:05
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:04

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