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Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance

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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 transf ...more
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Published June 30th 2008 by Free Press (first published January 1st 1985)
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Sean
Jul 02, 2014 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ux-books
If they were ever relevant, this book's theories are almost completely outdated and misleading now.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
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Omar Halabieh
Dec 22, 2013 Omar Halabieh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nigel
Good rigorous overview of how to go about appraising a market and in particular the competition that will be faced and the considerations that need to be made in face of the identified and also less obvious competition (e.g. from adjacent markets/technologies). The process is sound although where the book is of course now struggling is in it's age; it was written and published in the mid '70's and of course much has chnaged since then in how fast a market moves and in the tools available to make ...more
Leo Daphne
Jan 22, 2015 Leo Daphne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quite detailed exploration on competition, and stuffs behind it, either in conceptual or practical way. It also offers a very helpful model to understand how those stuffs work in forming something called: competition, and of course how to win it using the title of this book: competitive advantage.
Sue
Apr 10, 2015 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dry and dated..... Reads like an old textbook. Some useful concepts illustrated with examples from companies that are no longer part of today's world.....making its content harder to apply.
Jowfar Sadique
May 18, 2014 Jowfar Sadique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's a great book
Khalid
May 18, 2014 Khalid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GOOG
Connie Siu
Jun 15, 2013 Connie Siu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"
Vetri
Jun 27, 2007 Vetri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!!
Michael Porter is a genius!! Baru kali ini gw ngerti keterkaitan antara konsep persaingan, produktivitas, inovasi dan keunggulan daya saing.
Alan
Jan 20, 2008 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
One of those must-reads. You have to know the forces. But not, unlike Drucker, something I looked back to.
Prana Business
Jan 26, 2011 Prana Business rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very technical but truly the go-to book if you're an executive looking to improve your firm.
Ian James
Jan 01, 2011 Ian James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The classic foundation of business theory, impervious to trends and fads in business theory.
Richard
Jun 24, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic book for business professionals. Got to be into business to follow the text adequately.
Sergei
Aug 10, 2015 Sergei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long read but worth it.
Ah Sokono
good book for business
Bruce Flanagan
Mar 05, 2011 Bruce Flanagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So long ago I hardly remember
Ken Davidian
this is a GREAT book.
Dev Thomas
Mar 26, 2012 Dev Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bible on strategy
Carlos E.
Apr 12, 2013 Carlos E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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