Sun Tzu and the Art of Business

Now in its sixth printing. Translated into five languages.

To hand down the wisdom he had gained from years of battles, more than two millenia ago the famous Chinese general Sun Tzu wrote the classic work on military strategy, The Art of War. Because business, like warfare, is dynamic, fast-paced, and requires an effective and efficient use of scarce resources, modern executives have found value in Sun Tzu’s teachings. But The Art of War is arranged for the military leader and not the CEO, so making connections between ancient warfare and today’s corporate world is not always easy.

In Sun Tzu and the Art of Business, Mark R. McNeilly shows how the six strategic principles he developed from studying Sun Tzu’s Art of War can be successfully applied to modern business situations. Here are really two books in one: Mark McNeilly’s synthesis of Sun Tzu’s ideas into six strategic principles for the business executive, plus the entire text of Samuel B. Griffith’s popular translation of The Art of War.

By using modern examples throughout the book from GE, Microsoft, AT&T, BMW, Southwest Airlines, FedEx, and many others, he illustrates how, by following the wisdom of history’s most respected strategist, executives can avoid the pitfalls of management fads and achieve lasting competitive advantage.