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Competing for the Future

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,240 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published 1994)
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Omar Halabieh
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Michael
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Nanda Rajanala
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Todd
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-best
This book was included in my book: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. www.100bestbiz.com ...more
Rae
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
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Noric Dilanchian
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best business books I've ever read.
Nihal Vrana
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you can get over its snobbish style and "we know the best, everybody is sh*t" attitude, it is pretty insightful. It is not as groundbreaking as it sells itself to be (they haven't come up with the quantum mechanics theory of strategy, it is mostly common sense); but overall it provides good planning for macro, long-term strategy. If you are in high-tech, Deeptech business it provides good ammo for strategic discussions. Also, I should admit that they got 80% of the tendencies for the next 20 ...more
Martín Mengarelli
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Totally worth it

Totally worth reading it. As the authors themselves put it, it's a book about making a difference. With plenty of real life experiences, the authors lead us to learn to enlarge our vision and knowledge... to see how we can better compete for the future. Highly recommended.
Felipe Albuquerque
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mandatory reading to whosoever want to learn about visionary strategy. This book has great content and describes very interesting and diverse cases.
It's very repetitive though, and lacks direct references to scientific studies. Maybe this happens because scientific research on networks of companies wasn't so advanced by the time this book was written.
Christina
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to think like an entrepreneurial non-profit. I have not see any other book re non-profit management & leadership that is this helpful to explore how to expand your current "business" and to create new and additional programs/services. ...more
Mary Kelly
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Good ideas, but a hard read. Worth the effort, but slow and kind of tangled.
Juan Delgado
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
still relevant today. especially the last chapter.
BrianMay
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice book, really I love it.
Turgut
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!
Linda
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are many books in this revolutionary one. It generates many ideas to build a meaningful business and helps to find purpose in our actions
Dana
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great follow up by Gary Hamel! How to remain competitive and relevant as a leader in a new and innovative world.
David
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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Lamec Mariita
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Red
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Brian
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked 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.
Charlie
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How to think like an entrepreneurial non-profit. I have not see any other book re non-profit management & leadership that is this helpful to explore how to expand your current "business" and to create new and additional programs/services. ...more
Matt Mayevsky
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economics
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.
J
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
May Ling
Jun 13, 2011 added it
Shelves: business
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.
Samuel Nolley
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
Goodreads lost it - but this is "Competing for the Future" by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad
Nipun
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amazing amazing information on business strategy
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must-read book on competition for knowledge workers who want to be in executive role and entrepreneurs.
Kevin Altman
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great follow up by Gary Hamel! How to remain competitive and relevant as a leader in a new and innovative world.
Dennis ILIN
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish to have read it earlier.

There are many books in this revolutionary one. It generates many ideas to build a meaningful business and helps to find purpose in our actions.
Marko
I have the german and the english edition.
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Dr. Gary P. Hamel is an American management expert. He is a founder of Strategos, an international management consulting firm based in Chicago.

Gary Hamel is Professor of Strategic Management at London Business School. He has researched strategy development in a multinational context.

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