On Competition

Author: Michael E. Porter
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 9781422155622
Release Date: 2008-10-01
Genre: Business & Economics

For the past two decades, Michael Porter's work has towered over the field of competitive strategy. On Competition, Updated and Expanded Edition brings together more than a dozen of Porter's landmark articles from the Harvard Business Review. Five are new to this edition, including the 2008 update to his classic "The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy," as well as new work on health care, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and CEO leadership. This collection captures Porter's unique ability to bridge theory and practice. Each of the articles has not only shaped thinking, but also redefined the work of practitioners in its respective field. In an insightful new introduction, Porter relates each article to the whole of his thinking about competition and value creation, and traces how that thinking has deepened over time. This collection is organized by topic, allowing the reader easy access to the wide range of Porter's work. Parts I and II present the frameworks for which Porter is best known--frameworks that address how companies, as well as nations and regions, gain and sustain competitive advantage. Part III shows how strategic thinking can address society's most pressing challenges, from environmental sustainability to improving health-care delivery. Part IV explores how both nonprofits and corporations can create value for society more effectively by applying strategy principles to philanthropy. Part V explores the link between strategy and leadership.

Competitive Advantage of Nations

Author: Michael E. Porter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 145165149X
Release Date: 2011-05-31
Genre: Business & Economics

Now beyond its eleventh printing and translated into twelve languages, Michael Porter’s The Competitive Advantage of Nations has changed completely our conception of how prosperity is created and sustained in the modern global economy. Porter’s groundbreaking study of international competitiveness has shaped national policy in countries around the world. It has also transformed thinking and action in states, cities, companies, and even entire regions such as Central America. Based on research in ten leading trading nations, The Competitive Advantage of Nations offers the first theory of competitiveness based on the causes of the productivity with which companies compete. Porter shows how traditional comparative advantages such as natural resources and pools of labor have been superseded as sources of prosperity, and how broad macroeconomic accounts of competitiveness are insufficient. The book introduces Porter’s “diamond,” a whole new way to understand the competitive position of a nation (or other locations) in global competition that is now an integral part of international business thinking. Porter's concept of “clusters,” or groups of interconnected firms, suppliers, related industries, and institutions that arise in particular locations, has become a new way for companies and governments to think about economies, assess the competitive advantage of locations, and set public policy. Even before publication of the book, Porter’s theory had guided national reassessments in New Zealand and elsewhere. His ideas and personal involvement have shaped strategy in countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Portugal, Taiwan, Costa Rica, and India, and regions such as Massachusetts, California, and the Basque country. Hundreds of cluster initiatives have flourished throughout the world. In an era of intensifying global competition, this pathbreaking book on the new wealth of nations has become the standard by which all future work must be measured.

Competition in Global Industries

Author: Michael E. Porter
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 0875841406
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Business & Economics

Essays discuss technology, manufacturing, marketing, finance, capital, government policies, coalitions, competition, and leadership in the global marketplace, and look at specific cases.

Modern Competitive Analysis

Author: Sharon M. Oster
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: UCSD:31822023727399
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Competition

Why do some companies thrive while others in the same industry languish? How can a struggling firm achieve higher annual earnings? What allows new corporations to become successful in highly competitive industries? In this book, now updated and expanded, Sharon Oster shows that combining a sound understanding of economic and managerial principles can make a striking difference in the quality of the strategic planning of an organization and provide guidelines for effective corporate strategies. The second edition of Modern Competitive Analysis presents an even more up-to-date examination of management strategy, integrating a wide spectrum of ideas from a number of diverse fields. It includes more material on organizational behavior and global/international strategies, as well as a longer list of case studies. Unusually broad in scope, with many examples from large and small companies, service firms, manufacturers, foreign and American organizations, as well as non-profit corporations, the book emphasizes an economic approach to strategic planning, using some of the most recent theories to illuminate situations faced by businesses today. Covering new and important areas in economics not treated in other management and strategic planning books, and couched in clear terms that make these concepts especially accessible, odern Competitive Analysis is a fundamental resource to the managers of today and tomorrow.

Porter s Five Forces

Author: 50MINUTES.COM,
Publisher: 50 Minutes
ISBN: 9782806268389
Release Date: 2015-09-17
Genre: Business & Economics

Understand competitive forces and stay ahead of the competition This book is a practical and accessible guide to understanding and implementing Porter’s five forces, providing you with the essential information and saving time. In 50 minutes you will be able to: • Understand the five forces that affect profitability and analyze each force in depth in relation to your company • Analyze the intensity of the competition within an industry and how this affects your business • Increase or maintain your competitive advantage according to the analysis ABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | Management & Marketing 50MINUTES.COM provides the tools to quickly understand the main theories and concepts that shape the economic world of today. Our publications are easy to use and they will save you time. They provide elements of theory and case studies, making them excellent guides to understand key concepts in just a few minutes. In fact, they are the starting point to take action and push your business to the next level.

Strategy

Author: Porter
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 0875842437
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Business & Economics

What makes up an effective strategy? Dealing with this question, this collection of Harvard Business Review articles offers insight and practical advice from the leaders in the field. It shows how advantage can and should be extracted from many sources, from marketing and joint ventures to financial analysis.

Red Ocean Traps Harvard Business Review Classics

Author: W. Chan Kim
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 9781633692671
Release Date: 2017-05-30
Genre: Business & Economics

As established markets become less profitable, companies increasingly need to find ways to create and capture new markets. Despite much investment and commitment, most firms struggle to do this. What, exactly, is getting in their way? The authors of the best-selling book Blue Ocean Strategy have spent over a decade exploring that question. They have seen that the trouble lies in managers' mental models—ingrained assumptions and theories about the way the world works. Though these models may work perfectly well in mature markets, they undermine executives' attempts to discover uncontested new spaces with ample potential (blue oceans) and keep companies firmly anchored in existing spaces where competition is bloody (red oceans). This article describes how to break free of these red ocean traps. To do that, managers need to: (1) Focus on attracting new customers, not pleasing current customers; (2) Worry less about segmentation and more about what different segments have in common; (3) Understand that market creation is not synonymous with either technological innovation or creative destruction; and (4) Stop focusing on premium versus low-cost strategies. The Harvard Business Review Classics series offers you the opportunity to make seminal Harvard Business Review articles a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world—and will have a direct impact on you today and for years to come.

Fast Track Photographer Revised and Expanded Edition

Author: Dane Sanders
Publisher: Amphoto Books
ISBN: 9780817435752
Release Date: 2010-05-18
Genre: Photography

Become the professional photographer you were meant to be. Competition in the photography industry has never been fiercer. But in this empowering guide, acclaimed photographer and speaker Dane Sanders reveals that the key to success is to stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and start focusing on your most powerful resource: you. Discover how to: · Use your unique skills and talents to carve out a niche all your own. · Avoid the mistakes most photographers make. · Choose a business style that fits the way you want to spend your time—and live your life. Fast Track Photographer is not just another how-to book—it’s an entirely fresh way of thinking about your business, whether you’re just starting out, or an industry veteran wondering why all your hard work isn’t working. If you want to build a competition-proof creative business in the twenty-first century, it’s time to throw out the old rulebook and get on the fast track! Includes free access to Dane’s popular self-assessment test (a $20 value) to jumpstart your journey! "I can't think of a better way for anyone to start their professional photo career than to read Fast Track Photographer." —Scott Bourne, publisher and host of Photofocus.com "As much about finding out who you are as it is about how to become a truly great photographer. Highly recommended!” —Amit Gupta, founder of Photojojo.com “This book is worth its weight in gold.” —Gary Fong, photographer, author, and creator of the Lightsphere “The best resource for today’s photographer—BAR NONE!” —Scott Sheppard, host of “Inside Digital Photography” From the Trade Paperback edition.

How

Author: Dov Seidman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118106372
Release Date: 2011-09-21
Genre: Business & Economics

Reveals how businesses and leaders can create lasting success by explaining how companies can shape their corporate cultures to build strong, principled organizations that achieve sustainable profits without sacrificing core values.

Michael Porter s Value Chain

Author: 50MINUTES.COM,
Publisher: 50 Minutes
ISBN: 9782806265906
Release Date: 2015-09-02
Genre: Business & Economics

Understand Michael Porter’s value chain in no time! Find out everything you need to know about this valuable business tool with this practical and accessible guide. The Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter has dedicated much of his career to studying competitive advantage. One of his best-known concepts is the value chain, which is used to deliver a product or service to the market and has three key objectives: to improve services, to reduce costs and to create value. The model can be applied to virtually any business in any sector, making it a vital tool for companies looking to make the most of their competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded market. In 50 minutes you will be able to: • Identify the nine functions that generate value within a business • Analyse your company’s activity to make the most of your competitive advantage • Find areas for improvement and take concrete steps to maximise performance ABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING The Management and Marketing series from the 50Minutes collection provides the tools to quickly understand the main theories and concepts that shape the economic world of today. Our publications will give you elements of theory, definitions of key terms and case studies in a clear and easily digestible format, making them the ideal starting point for readers looking to develop their skills and expertise.

Juicing the Orange

Author: Pat Fallon
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 1591399270
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Business & Economics

Drawing from 25 years of successful marketing and acclaimed, award-winning work, the authors show that bankable, creative ideas come from zeroing in on the one key business problem that must be solved and then rigorously unearthing insights that will lead to a spectacular solution.

Speaking of Sadness

Author: David Allen Karp
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195113861
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Medical

"Even though depression has periodically made me feel that my life was not worth living, has created havoc in my family, and sometimes made the work of teaching and writing seem impossible," writes David Karp, "by some standards, I have been fortunate." Indeed, depression can be devastating, leading to family breakups, loss of employment, even suicide. And it is a national problem, with some ten to fifteen million Americans suffering from it, and the number is growing. In Speaking of Sadness, Karp captures the human face of this widespread affliction, as he illuminates his experience and that of others in a candid, searching work. Combining a scholar's care and thoroughness with searing personal insight, Karp brings the private experience of depression into sharp relief, drawing on a remarkable series of intimate interviews with fifty depressed men and women. By turns poignant, disturbing, mordantly funny, and wise, Karp's interviews cause us to marvel at the courage of depressed people in dealing with extraordinary and debilitating pain. We hear what depression feels like, what it means to receive an "official" clinical diagnosis, and what depressed persons think of the battalion of mental health experts--doctors, nurses, social workers, sociologists, psychologists, and therapists--employed to help them. We learn the personal significance that patients attach to beginning a prescribed daily drug regimen, and their ongoing struggle to make sense of biochemical explanations and metaphors of depression as a disease. Ranging in age from their early twenties to their mid-sixties, the people Karp profiles reflect on their working lives and career aspirations, and confide strategies for overcoming paralyzing episodes of hopelessness. They reveal how depression affects their intimate relationships, and, in a separate chapter, spouses, children, parents, and friends provide their own often-overlooked point of view. Throughout, Karp probes the myriad ways society contributes to widespread alienation and emotional exhaustion. Speaking of Sadness is an important book that pierces through the terrifying isolation of depression to uncover the connections linking the depressed as they undertake their personal journeys through this very private hell. It will bring new understanding to professionals seeking to see the world as their clients do, and provide vivid insights and renewed empathy to anyone who cares for someone living with the cruel unpredictability of depression.

Planet Google

Author: Randall Stross
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416546962
Release Date: 2009-09-22
Genre: Business & Economics

Draws on interviews with Google's CEO and the heads of its newest businesses to trace the story of the company's ambitions and influence, covering such topics as its acquisition of YouTube and its role in reshaping business and culture.

White House Confidential

Author: Gregg Stebben
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781510714205
Release Date: 2016-07-19
Genre: History

An irreverent look at Presidential foibles, follies, fibs, and moral failures Were past presidents smarter, more honest, and better behaved that those we elect today? Don’t bet on it! White House Confidential shows that commanders-in-chief have been lying, cheating, stealing, and womanizing from the days of the Founding Fathers. Focusing on the qualities that never made it into White House press releases, the authors look at their sexual misdeeds and strange family relationships, scandals that engulfed administrations, fights with enemies, and questionable money matters. Dip into these pages to find out: Which president was famous for being the richest man alive because of all his brilliant real estate deals? Which president was born in Canada, and was ineligible to hold the office of president? Which president caused some problems by trying to grow “strange herbs” in the White House garden? Which president often ordered White House staff to rub Vaseline into his scalp while he ate breakfast in bed? Which president often called his deputy chief of staff “Turd Blossom”? Updated with new material about many presidents including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, White House Confidential will have you laughing (and sometimes cursing!) as you take a second look at the next occupant of the Oval Office.