Lessons for Strategists in Graham & Dodd's Security Analysis, 6th Edition
Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 45-49, 2009
Posted: 12 Mar 2009
Date Written: March 10, 2009
Purpose - This paper aims to consider how corporate executives in a variety of industries can find important lessons in the recently published sixth edition of Benjamin Graham and David Dodd's Security Analysis (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008). Design/methodology/approach - This paper includes an interview with the lead editor of the book, value investor Seth Klarman. He explains key strategic lessons that corporate executives can learn from the value investing methodology. Findings - The insights contained within Security Analysis can and should be leveraged by business leaders and strategists to create value for their firms. Practical implications - Graham and Dodd-based valuation and investment is a viable method with which to assess corporate strategic initiatives (such as mergers and acquisitions, share buy-backs, etc.).
Originality/value - This paper, the first in a business strategy journal, explains how business leaders can become adept at using modern applications of Graham and Dodd-based valuation to inform strategic decision-making.
Keywords: Valuation, Value Investing, Corporate Strategy
JEL Classification: G30, G34
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