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Harvard Business Review on Managing the Value Chain Paperback – January 2, 2000
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Provides insights into a corporate strategic product system to assist in deciding which activities really add value to the customer and how to perform them in the most efficient manner, the foundation of a firm's success, which can be based on its architecture, reputation or innovative capabilities or a combination of the three.
I took 5 pages of notes on this book to serve as future reference.
In this volume, the reader is provided with eight articles whose authors provide a variety of perspectives on managing the value chain. Given when they first appeared in the HBR (1993-1998), some but remarkably little of the material is dated. Here are brief excerpts from the Executive Summaries of two articles:
"As businesses as diverse as auto manufacturing and financial services move toward modular designs, the authors say, competitive dynamics will change enormously. No longer will assemblers control the final product: suppliers of key modules will gain leverage and even take on responsibility for design rules. Companies will compete either by specifying the dominant design rules (as Microsoft does) or by producing excellent modules (as does disk drive maker Quantum does)." Managing in an Age of Modularity," Carliss Y. Baldwin and Kim B. Clark
"In today's fast-changing competitive environment, strategy is no longer a matter of positioning a fixed set of activities along that old industrial model, the value chain.Read more ›
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The book is in excellent condition, and although it is not the required text for the class, it will make excellent reference material.Published 9 days ago by sheila edward
Great Book. Great Resource for Logistics/Supply Chain Majors.Published 2 months ago by PatrickIsHelpful
Once again, HBR has produced an accessible book that highlights the forefront of ideas of the value chain. Read morePublished on November 10, 2000 by Jason Villarreal