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Author: Dr David Stevens
Pub Date: August 1997
Binding: Hardcover
Trim Size: 240 x 178 mm
ISBN: 0-07-470481-8
No of Pages: 376
Price $59.95 Australian RRP
$87.00 NZ (includes GST)

"This is an eminently readable book which is full of sound practical advice.
It describes a range of group problem solving methodologies
and illustrates vividly how they can aid modern business.
Mr Stevens is without doubt one of the world's most accomplished facilitators.
He has written a book which deserves to be read."

Dr Stuart Green, The University of Reading, UK

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This book is for any manager or team leader in any sized organisation, public or private, who needs to implement processes of projects and yield maximum returns with minimum risk.


Dr David Stevens is an organisational and corporate psychologist. He formed Strategic Thinking 10 years ago and since then has been involved in more than 1000 studies and projects with major government and multinational organisations in Australasia, the USA, the UK, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. He believes that we must harness the human mind, especially working in focused groups, as the greatest resource available in the development of businesses and projects. This concept has been applied to a wide range of businesses and projects, from small to large, all with outstanding success.


In Strategic Thinking, Dr Stevens advocates that the formal group problem solving methodologies that he has refined and practiced worldwide should be taken from the large government and private sector organisations and applied to small business to dramatically increase profitability.

The processes put forward in the book are practical and can be undertaken in short, one to two day workshops or retreats. Chapters include:


Strategic Thinking will allow the reader to:

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Strategic Thinking the paper-back version

"The value management process identified savings of HK$1.4 billion in three days for a project in Honk Kong; £80 million for another in England in one day; more than Aus$70 million in two days for an airport in Australia. What project can afford not to have the benefits of these secrets?"

Ian Daly
Chairman, Rawlinsons, Australia

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Strategic Thinking written in Chinese language

"Many of Dr. Stevens' facilitation secrets are revealed, but the extensive use of case studies for real organisations gives the reader tremendous insight in decision-making processes that lead to success for organisation, big or small."

Filipo Sarti
Managing Director, Symonds Facilities and Project Management, Australia

"The techniques and processes described in this book are proven. this easy-to-read presentation articulates how strategic thinking and group problem solving can be exploited on major infrastructure projects."

Malcolm Pearson
Managing Director, Maunsell Management, Hong Kong


Participatory Business Planning

In this book, David Stevens explains how the principles of Participatory Business Planning may be applied to any business or public body, of any size and how they can turn adversity into prosperity and efficiency.

The innovative approach to business planning described in this book is the result of not only many years' research, but of the experience of running over 300 participatory sessions in a whole range of enterprises, in every State in Australia as well as other countries throughout the world.

Through this book, David Stevens brings the benefit of the revolutionary concept to all companies and steers them through the troubled waters of recession.

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