Stephen Bungay

Director, Strategic Management Centre, London

Stephen Bungay

After graduating from Oxford and the University of Tübingen, West Germany, Stephen worked for The Boston Consulting Group for a total of seventeen years. He then ran the commercial operations of a Lloyds-based insurer before subsequently joining the Strategic Management Centre in 2001. He teaches on executive programmes at several business schools, including Ashridge and the ESMT Berlin, and is a regular guest speaker at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He also works as an independent consultant and conference speaker and has published articles on a range of business topics in publications such as HBR. 


His first book on military history, The Most Dangerous Enemy – A History of the Battle of Britain, published in 2000, has now become the standard work on the subject. A second work, Alamein, appeared in 2002. Since 2004, he has been making regular appearances on television history documentaries. His book about strategy execution, The Art of Action – How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results appeared in 2011. Some of its key concepts are being applied in companies ranging from Shell to the Mercedes Formula 1 team and have featured in international conferences. His current work is focussed on the most effective ways of developing an agile strategy in an environment of high uncertainty. He recently launched a new website about the subject, https://www.agilestrategy.co.uk/ Stephen’s basic approach to strategy and strategy execution is outlined on his website, www.stephenbungay.com

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