- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1422160599
- ISBN-13: 978-1422160596
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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A book on understanding Porter is worthwhile because he's often misunderstood. He is widely and rightly regarded as the all-time greatest strategy guru, but that view gets the emphasis wrong.” Fortune magazine
If you have always intended to read Michael Porter's groundbreaking management classics, but have never quite got around to doing so, Joan Magretta's Understanding Michael Porter does the hard work for you” Financial Mail (South Africa)
Magretta’s book is a timely reminder that serves to put Porter’s thinking and concepts before us againideas that all firms and strategy practitioners would be well-advised to study and learn from an excellent read.” Quality Digest
Summing Up: Highly recommended” CHOICE
Joan Magretta lays out Porter’s ideas on competition in a concise, easy-to-read volume.” Business Day (South Africa)
The book is a great read even for those who are looking to get initiated into the Michael Porter way of thinking” The Economic Times (India)
Magretta adds value through fresh case studies showing how companies such as Zara, Ikea and In-N-Out Burger deploy Porter’s ideas. Written in a very accessible style, this is a book for managers rather than academics.” The Irish Times
Ms. Magretta does a superb job of clearly and logically explaining Prof. Porter’s concepts, with lots of helpful examples. This is a distillation, but it never feels sparse, with ample time for the reader to learn a concept and sufficient reinforcement of the ideas as you are guided through the Porter oeuvre. Reading it brings you up-to-date on his ideas and, more importantly, helps you to understand your own business and the strategic elements you may have missed.” The Globe & Mail
200 pages of simple, non-faddish common sense for business.” Anna Farmery, TheEngagingBrand.com
Book of the Month. This book will become the strategy bible for today’s busy managers.” Business Executive
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I wanted to get a better understanding of Michael Porter's views on strategy and so I bought Joan Magretta's book to read on a recent business trip. Though I needed to read the book twice in order to get a full understanding, the read was worth it.
I have now supplied copies of the book to our key managers in operations, finance and engineering, have run a 1/2 day planning meeting and will now move to quarterly reviews to discuss how to tweek our strategy to make better use of the things we do well and to work on the things we don't do very well.
Good book... Worth the time.
For anyone that is either an MBA student or thinking about going down the MBA path this book would be an excellent supplemental read.
This one, in my opinion, is a definite 5 star must have.
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