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On Competition

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  332 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
For the past fifteen years, Michael Porter's work has defined our fundamental understanding of competition and competitive strategy. Presented here for the first time as a collective whole are a dozen articles -- two entirely new pieces together with ten of Porter's articles from the Harvard Business Review, as well as an introduction from Porter, his first statement on ho ...more
Hardcover, 485 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Harvard Business School Press
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Peter Michael
Jan 14, 2013 Peter Michael rated it it was amazing
While still in his twenties as a Harvard graduate student in the 1970s, Porter discovered (as opposed to constructed) many of the fundamental strategic drivers of successful organizations including generic strategy, the taxonomy of growth, stability and retrenchment strategies, and much more which finally made planning into true strategic planning. This book is a summary of his work since.
Gene Babon
Sep 26, 2009 Gene Babon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strategy
If you can't obtain an MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS) due to cost, time or ability, then the next best thing might be to invest in the published works of HBS leaders. Michael Porter is one HBS author frequently quoted in other business books. On Competition Updated and Expanded Edition captures the essence of his decades of research and thinking on the topic.

Each chapter represents an individual publication dating back to 1985. I have to admit that I had doubts that decades-old informati
Milla Nezlina
Mar 25, 2011 Milla Nezlina rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Well, it is hard to get through the pages filled with smart ideas but it is definitely worth applying some efforts. After reading only 1/3 of the book I already have all ideas about competition structured in my head.
Nov 29, 2015 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of Michael Porter's articles from over the years. It had a surprisingly large focus on potential benefits to society through private sector competition which was very engaging for me. Through his use of examples he is able to demonstrate effectively what he terms positive sum competition for both the private sector and non-profits. He also lays out guidelines for what he believes the role of government in business should be, as facilitators and regulators instead of attempting to dr ...more
Vivek Agarwal
Apr 27, 2015 Vivek Agarwal rated it it was amazing
A lot of this book makes sense just logical and practical

However unless you are deeply involved in the process of developing a key competitive advantage from analysing your own industry and there by trying to figure out the main factors of production

And then trying to build a culture for innovation you need to READ this book

Read it cover to cover

There is so much information and knowledge and experience and related case studies of the largest corporations that every page has some sort of take
Jul 05, 2008 nanto rated it it was amazing
Shelves: management
I think i have half read this book. It means that i can say i have open the book and read some part of it. But if it said that i know some the point Porter try to say, I can say yes. But there are a lot more for me to say that i got all the points Porter wanna say.

Bila Gidden pernah mengemukakan istilah stucturationist maka pendekatan Porter dalam menentukan competitiveness itu berdasarkan struktur pasar, bukan berdasarkan pendekatan lain yang menekankan pada unit (agen atau dalam studi manajeme
Leo Daphne
Jan 22, 2015 Leo Daphne rated it it was amazing
I may regard him as the most important book-writer in management-field. His name is easily found in many books. And this book itself offers a good approach to perceive what competition is, though (as it happened to every books) many are still criticizing him.

But still, this writing has a very big influence in shaping my perspective on business competition.
Aug 03, 2014 Carlton rated it it was amazing
Business school bible
May 09, 2014 Mike added it
the innovation
Alex Timberman
May 08, 2014 Alex Timberman rated it it was amazing
Great book on strategy and competition. Competition is a great thing. It pushes everyone else to upgrade and innovate and companies should welcome it. In the competitive landscape, firms should discover the processes that can help define a real strategy, which is very different from benchmarking, as well as being much more difficult to emulate. Michael Porter has been around a long time and his work on strategy and clusters are classic, and yet still highly relevant.
Jan 09, 2015 Averill rated it it was ok
boring read.
Guilherme Nunes
Mar 25, 2011 Guilherme Nunes rated it really liked it
Great book on the bottom-up building of competitiveness for countries and regions. Very significant not just to governments but to every party involved in the supply chain.

The books is only worth 5 stars with the harvard case studies tough...
Timothy Mallon
Jan 11, 2016 Timothy Mallon rated it it was amazing
Read this for an "Accounting for Management" class at my university. This book, and the class in general, added some much-appreciated perspective to my business education, especially as an Accounting major.
Ian James
Jan 01, 2011 Ian James rated it really liked it
I re-read this after 22 years and it is still the cornerstone of any serious study of sustainable strategic advantage.
Robin Brenizer
Apr 20, 2011 Robin Brenizer rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite thinkers and business writers.
Jul 21, 2013 Kintan rated it really liked it
Competitive strategy at its best!
Vahagn Grigoryan
Apr 24, 2014 Vahagn Grigoryan rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book.
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Great one :)
Jul 31, 2007 John rated it it was amazing
Already a classic.
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Michael E. Porter is the leading authority on competitive strategy, the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states, and regions, and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as health care, the environment, and corporate responsibility.

Professor Porter is generally recognized as the "Father of Strategy", as has been identified in a variety of rankings and
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