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Profit from the Core: Growth Strategy in an Era of Turbulence

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Written by the leaders of Bain & Company's worldwide strategy practice, and based on a 10-year study of 2,000 companies, this book argues that a timeless strategic principle focusing on a central profit area remains the key source of competitive advantage and the only viable platform for successful expansion. ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published 2001)
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Greg Stoll
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was OKish. (I'd give it 2.5 stars if allowed to) The main thesis is that your business should figure out what it's good at and focus on that. When you want to expand, focus in adjacent markets where you can leverage what you're good at. The book is very down on diverse conglomerates.

Which is all fine and such, but the book itself was kind of dull and repetitive. Also, being written in 2001, it has some amusing bits:
- It quotes Mitt Romney! (the book was written by people at Bain)
- It i
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Tim
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Good fundamentals, not much new here.
Jamesdunning
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Joint first in my list of business books. Provides an excellent rationale as to why chasing every potential opportunity can be so dangerous and the merit of self-reinforcing focus.
Jeff Herle
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good frameworks and diagnostics for thinking about growth. A little dated in terms of company examples.
Lori Grant
A must-read book on strategic frameworks for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs.
Daniel
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
These Bain and Company authors review successful attributes of leading companies. Most notably the focus on a single strategy.
Bernhard
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Nice stats to show what makes sense intuitively; Schuster bleib' bei Deinen Leisten! ...more
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