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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,196 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The essential complement to the pathbreaking book Competitive Strategy, Michael E. Porter's Competitive Advantage explores the underpinnings of competitive advantage in the individual firm.

Competitive Advantage introduces a whole new way of understanding what a firm does. Porter's groundbreaking concept of the value chain disaggregates a company into "activities," or the d
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Free Press (first published January 1st 1985)
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If they were ever relevant, this book's theories are almost completely outdated and misleading now.

Still the core concepts are useful to understand, because they've been drilled into the heads of most MBA's – and many haven't learned to question Porter's dangerously misleading precepts. Learning them will reveal a set of blind spots that afflict many of your partners, clients and competitors. (In fact, "blind spots" may be too mild. For some they're an Achilles Heel.)

Awareness of these common d
Omar Halabieh
Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- "Both industry attractiveness and competitive position can be shaped by a firm, and this is what makes the choice of competitive strategy both challenging and exciting. While industry attractiveness is partly a reflection of factors over which a firm has little influence, competitive strategy has considerable power to make an industry more competitive strategy has considerable power to make an industry m( or less attrac
Connie Siu
A very comprehensive discussion on strategy development. The core concepts for building competitive advantage are still relevant even though the book was published back in 1985. It serves as a great reference for anyone who is involved in strategy work.
يوسف زهدى
"A very good and will structured strategy book, I'd give it 5 stars except for the too much details it includes that turns it to be more of an academic reference than a practical book"
Jun 27, 2007 Vetri rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone!!
Michael Porter is a genius!! Baru kali ini gw ngerti keterkaitan antara konsep persaingan, produktivitas, inovasi dan keunggulan daya saing.
One of those must-reads. You have to know the forces. But not, unlike Drucker, something I looked back to.
Prana Business
Very technical but truly the go-to book if you're an executive looking to improve your firm.
Ian James
The classic foundation of business theory, impervious to trends and fads in business theory.
Classic book for business professionals. Got to be into business to follow the text adequately.
Ah Sokono
good book for business
Bruce Flanagan
So long ago I hardly remember
Dev Thomas
The Bible on strategy
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