- Hardcover: 397 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684841487
- ISBN-13: 978-0684841489
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors 1st Edition
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About the Author
Michael E. Porter, one of the world's leading authorities on competitive strategy and international competitiveness, is the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. In 1983, Professor Porter was appointed to President Reagan's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, the initiative that triggered the competitiveness debate in America. He serves as an advisor to heads of state, governors, mayors, and CEOs throughout the world. The recipient of the Wells Prize in Economics, the Adam Smith Award, three McKinsey Awards, and honorary doctorates from the Stockholm School of Economics and six other universities, Porter is the author of fourteen books, among them Competitive Strategy, The Competitive Advantage of Nations, and Cases in Competitive Strategy, all published by The Free Press. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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Top Customer Reviews
Everyone else writing on this topic after Porter is pretty much saying, "Me too". Start with the original.
Reading Art of War and those kinds of books gives you another kind of strategy, which is very useful in combination with the things Porter gives you. Basically, I think Porter has done a great job of "summarizing" the strategy-process, and this is why the book is fo famous, and it is also why I give it 4 and not 5 stars. With sound theory and thorough work you will get the same insights as with Porters framework, and you will also be better equipped to deal with the peculiarities in every situation. Nevertheless, many peole don't have time/the interest for more than a summary, so for them this book is great. And for the rest it's great to get through it to learn the "common language" that is prevalent in the industry of strategy and anlysis today.
On the other side of the coin, the version of the book I have is from about 1980, and the examples are a bit dated, and the world has changed quite a bit since then. It is easy to get wrapped up in the successes and failures of the compaies that Porter calls out as having superior competitive positions back in 1980 and looking at where they are (or aren't) today.
In summary - the framework for analysis is still revelvant and very useful, the examples are very dated, but if you are doing any level of competitive analysis, you will be almost expected to have read and used this book - the Bible of Competitive Strategic thought.
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