The Emergent Approach to Strategy

The Emergent Approach to Strategy

Adaptive Design & Execution

Peter Compo


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Consultants and academics continue to report chronic failures of strategy practice.Two causes dominate: strategy is still not fully defined, and strategy practice is still largely based on a planned versus adaptive view of the world. The Emergent Approach to Strategy digs deep into complex adaptive systems to bring a new clarity to strategy function and incorporate this understanding into practice.

The emergent approach practice includes:

  • An agile method for strategy framework design
  • Scenario and bottleneck diagnosis techniques
  • A four-station dashboard emphasizing execution
  • A new set of strategy tests called the five disqualifiers

Go to to access the following resources:

  • Chapter supplements with appendixes, commentary, and added examples
  • Five Task Sets: a guidebook for implementation of the approach
  • Templates for use in strategy materials
  • Additional examples of the Five Disqualifiers in various fields of endeavor


Peter Compo:
After earning a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from City College New York and a background in music, Peter Compo spent 25 years at E.I. DuPont. Working in both commodity products and tech ventures, he held leadership positions in marketing, supply chain, product, and business management and was the corporate lead for integrated business planning. Seeing the same strategy challenges and the same adaptive patterns of innovation in all these areas of experience inspired him to create the emergent approach.