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Competing for the Future

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New competitive realities have ruptured industry boundaries, overthrown much of standard management practice, and rendered conventional models of strategy and growth obsolete. In their stead have come the powerful ideas and methodologies of Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad, whose much-revered thinking has already engendered a new language of strategy. In this book, they develo ...more
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Published April 1st 1996 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published July 1st 1994)
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Omar Halabieh
As best summarized by the authors this book is about: "The goal of this book then can be simply stated: to help managers imagine the future and, having imagined it, create it. We want to help them get off the restructuring treadmill and get beyond the reengineering programs that simply rev up today's performance. We want to help them capture the riches that the future holds in store for those who get there first."

This book truly and thoroughly re-defines what strategy is and how it can be levera
It is an okey book to read but it is very focused on big enterprises and their activities which makes it lose a bit value from my point of view.
I liked the ideas of the book and it has some good points. However, sometimes it felt like it took one chapter to explain something that could have been said more quickly. In a similar manner they use a lot of examples and I think repeat them at times in different chapters.

All in all, it was an interesting read and they have really nice ideas. Even thoug
Nanda Rajanala
This book is all about "core competence", a term coined by the authors (Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad) several years before and had become an industry buzz word. I liked the book as it tried to elevate strategy to a different status, a more positive one, in the eyes of companies.

It was however surprising that nothing much has changed the shape and face of what strategy is in companies since the time this book was written. Strategy is still considered a burden in several organizations and consulti
This book was included in my book: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.
Sep 02, 2008 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who wants to use their brain
This is the best book on the big picture I've ever read (to date - Sept. 2007). The authors elaborate on REAL strategic thinking, not the 5-10 year junk that is SO prevalent in business and Christian literature (not that this is a Christian book by any means).

Real strategy that needs a good 10 to 50 years to germinate. Strategy that goes after goals that there is, currently, NO way to achieve! Sweet. Imagine wanting to get real-time, full audio-video communication between any two people in the w
Lamec Mariita
The book is a good introduction to some important strategic concepts. Although it is no longer required reading at top consulting firms, it is still relevant and important. The book was very interesting. Hamel and Prahalad focused on the three most important areas that can determine a company's success: core competencies, resources and capabilities. I think it's an important book to read.
Redza Ali
The core message is 'Worry about the future'.

The book asks key questions to help leaders examine their organization: are we innovating enough? are we just following others? are we spending time on creating new products/markets? do we know what we're good at? do we understand our strategic direction and where it'll take us? etc etc
Matt Mayevsky
Competing for the Future is a must read for every manager and entrepreneur who wants to change the world. The book does not provide ready-made recipe to catch up with the future, this book teaches you how to think about the future. I highly recommend it.
Businesses rarely spend enough time focused on the future; the Board and CEO should be creating markets for products that will be available a couple years out, and the strategy should be at least five years into the future.
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An interesting book about corporate vision and a framework by which to begin to evaluate it. An interesting book for those trying to navigate corporations and identify growth opportunities.
This book has a lot of great insights. It was written 17 years ago but it has many things that are still valid today. A must read for a manager.
Kevin Altman
Another great follow up by Gary Hamel! How to remain competitive and relevant as a leader in a new and innovative world.
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Lori Grant
A must-read book on competition for knowledge workers who want to be in executive role and entrepreneurs.
Samuel Nolley
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Amazing amazing information on business strategy
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