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Competitive Strategy (edition 2004)

by Michael E. Porter

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Title:Competitive Strategy
Authors:Michael E. Porter
Info:Free Press (2004), Paperback, 416 pages
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Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors by Michael E. Porter

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  ronchan | Nov 14, 2016 |
26 years later it's become a classic, and rightly so. Porter writes a comprehensive analysis of competitive strategy. He was apparently the first to write a comprehensive guide (in business), and thus provided a breakout point from previously static analysis. Though completely dry, his book is comprehensive and quite concise. He gets his points across without a lot of graphs. His examples are still familiar and illustrate his points efficiently. This book is a good reference, with easy sections and headings available to bring the reader back to key points. I have a respectable exposure to strategy, and this introduced me to a lot of concepts I hadn't considered in the course of practice. ( )
  jpsnow | May 6, 2008 |
Taught me a lot about how to think of industries and business opportunities. ( )
  BrianDewey | Aug 7, 2007 |
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Competitive Strategy has filled a void in management thinking. It provides an enduring foundation and grounding point on which all subsequent work can be built. By bringing a disciplined structure to the question of how firms achieve superior profitability, Porter's rich frameworks and deep insights comprise a sophisticated view of competition unsurpassed in the last quarter-century.
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Now nearing its 60th printing in English and translated into nineteen languages, Michael E. Porter's Competitive Strategy has transformed the theory, practice, and teaching of business strategy throughout the world. Electrifying in its simplicity -- like all great breakthroughs -- Porter's analysis of industries captures the complexity of industry competition in five underlying forces. Porter introduces one of the most powerful competitive tools yet developed: his three generic strategies -- lowest cost, differentiation, and focus -- which bring structure to the task of strategic positioning. He shows how competitive advantage can be defined in terms of relative cost and relative prices, thus linking it directly to profitability, and presents a whole new perspective on how profit is created and divided. In the almost two decades since publication, Porter's framework for predicting competitor behavior has transformed the way in which companies look at their rivals and has given rise to the new discipline of competitor assessment.

More than a million managers in both large and small companies, investment analysts, consultants, students, and scholars throughout the world have internalized Porter's ideas and applied them to assess industries, understand competitors,, and choose competitive positions. The ideas in the book address the underlying fundamentals of competition in a way that is independent of the specifics of the ways companies go about competing.

Competitive Strategy has filled a void in management thinking. It provides an enduring foundation and grounding point on which all subsequent work can be built. By bringing a disciplined structure to the question of how firms achieve superior profitability, Porter's rich frameworks and deep insights comprise a sophisticated view of competition unsurpassed in the last quarter-century.

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In this pathbreaking book, Michael E. Porter unravels the rules that govern competition and turns them into powerful analytical tools to help management interpret market signals and forecast the direction of industry development.

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