This book reflects the history, current issues, and future challenges of the strategic management field. It highlights the distinctiveness of strategic management as different from a specialized functional area in an organization or a specific academic discipline.
About the Editors Howard Thomas is Dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and James F. Towey Professor of Strategic Management at UIUC. He became Dean in May 1992, after serving as Interim Dean since August 1991. Prior to this he was Foundation Professor of Management at the Australian Graduate School of Management, AGSM, Australia's National Business School in Sydney, New South Wales, and Director of the Doctoral Program at London Business School, England. He is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts in the field of strategic management theory. He serves on the editorial boards of various management journals and is Vice President of Publications for the Strategic Management Society and has published widely in the areas of corporate and competitive strategy. He has an international reputation as a consultant in strategy and serves on a number of boards. Donald E. O'Neal, MBA and PhD (Business Administration) University of Illinois, is an Assistant Professor of Management at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois. After a successful business career, including management positions in engineering and sales and, latterly, as Vice President of Human Resources, he studied for a doctorate in strategic management at UIUC. His interests include research in corporate governance, and consulting in the areas of strategy and leadership.