Achieving and Maintaining Strategic Competitiveness in the 21st Century: the Role of Strategic Leadership
Author(s): R. Duane Ireland and Michael A. Hitt
Source: The Academy of Management Executive (1993-2005), Vol. 19, No. 4, Classic Articles from
AME (Nov., 2005), pp. 63-77
Published by: Academy of Management
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