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Strategic Management , Sixth Edition
Charles W. L. Hill, University of Washington
Gareth R. Jones, Texas A&M University
Exploring the Web
Chapter 1: The Strategic Management Process


Go to the web site of 3M (http://www.3m.com/) and visit the section that describes its history (http://www.3m.com/about3m/history/index.jhtml). Using the information contained here, map out the evolution of strategy at 3M from its establishment to the present day. To what degree do you think that this evolution was the result of detailed long-term strategic planning, and to what degree was it the result of unplanned actions taken in response to unpredictable circumstances?

General Task:
Search the Web for a company site with sufficient information to map out the evolution of that company's strategy over a significant period of time. What drove this evolution? To what degree was it the result of detailed long-term strategic planning, and to what degree the result of unplanned actions taken in response to unpredictable circumstances?


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