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Harvard Business Review on Managing the Value Chain Paperback – January 2, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 1 edition (January 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578512344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578512348
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Noyes on November 20, 2002
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Excellent stuff... its just that I didn't realize that it was a compliation of HBR articles (which I already owned).
- Modularity
- Li & Fung Hong Kong
- Chrysler Keiretsu
- Trust in Retail
- The Right Supply Chain
- Make your dealers your partners
- Value chain constellation
- Lean Production
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By A Customer on July 9, 2003
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I have a degree in Supply Chain Mgmt and I now work as a Supply Chain Consultant for a company in Atlanta. I picked up this book for useful tips and strategy and I was dissapointed with its contents. Its full of professor-speak BS, all the buzzwords and hip MBA slogans, but its short on anything that's practical. I would have enjoyed this book if were still a wet-behind-the-ears undergrad, real world experience makes cute catchprases and lofty anecdotes irrelevant.
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Discusses the value chain concept itself, how to construct one, analyzing the value chain and the business' cost drivers, determining industry profitability, Mintzberg's 5 P's of Strategy (1. Plan 2. Ploy 3. Pattern 4. Position 5. Perspective. All 5 P's help with long term objectives, action programs, and resource allocation priorities.)

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.
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This is one in a series of several dozen volumes that comprise the Harvard Business Review Paperback Series. Each offers direct, convenient, and inexpensive access to the best thinking ("ideas with impact") about the given subject in articles originally published by the Harvard Business School Review. I strongly recommend all of the volumes in the series. The individual titles are listed at this Web site: [...] The authors of various articles are among the world's most highly regarded experts on the given subject. Each volume has been carefully edited. Supplementary commentaries are also provided in most of the volumes, as is an "About the Contributors" section that usually includes suggestions of other sources that some readers may wish to explore.

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.
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