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Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,993 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 592 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1985)
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Omar Halabieh
Dec 02, 2013 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
Jul 30, 2010 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If they were ever relevant, this book's theories are almost completely outdated and misleading now.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
Apr 10, 2015 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. ...more
Michael Porter has unquestionably been to corporate strategy what Mendelejev was to chemistry with the periodic table or von Linné to botany with the taxonomy system. But perhaps different from these two, for our purposes here it is a tricky task indeed to separate one piece of Porter ́s work to review. The sum of value of Competitive Strategy, Competitive Advantage, The Competitive Advantage of Nations, On Competition and numerous groundbreaking papers, is simply greater than the individual par ...more
I'd be loathe to recommend this book to anyone outside of a business degree or the financial industry. It certainly reads like a theory dug up from the schools of higher education. Of course, we can't forget how some of the best stories and legends deal with competition and leaders.

Why would people be a competitive advantage?

It would likely feed into the notion that everyone is a risk manager and called to be leaders. This, in turn, leaves us vulnerable to attack if some agents become outed as p
Donald Tysor
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Understanding competition in the business world is what this Harvard Professor is all about, he believes capitalism is our best benefactor and our savior in the future. This is the book for understanding what business is all about. Though a bit dated, if combined with his new writings it gives you an overall picture of business, while portraying what an individual can do also...A must read for any businessman, from student to senior leader.
All the best,
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if at some elements slightly outdated and too focused on deep analysis, this is still such a valuable guidebook on thinking about competition and forming competitive advantage.
And i’ve finally managed to finish reading it! Took me years
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timeless advice
Cemal Duman
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterpiece. Everytime i read i find something useful.
Mamta Mittal
too much technical
Carlos Gomes
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for those interested in strategic planning subject.
Adrian Solorzano
Excellent book to read for historical purposes. It's outdated in many aspects. Worth checking out at the library. ...more
Extremely repetitive.
Josephine Amalie
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remains highly relevant for application in international business and trade, particularly in analysis under the aegis of game theory.
Nigel Street
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 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.
Connie Siu
Jun 15, 2013 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.
Jan 20, 2008 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.
Ian James
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The classic foundation of business theory, impervious to trends and fads in business theory.
Prana Business
Jan 26, 2011 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. ...more
Bruce Flanagan
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So long ago I hardly remember
Ken Davidian
this is a GREAT book.
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"
Ah Sokono
good book for business
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long read but worth it.
Stefan Bruun
A classic
I feel like I‘ve been reading this book since the dawn of time. In reality, it‘s only been a bit over a year. The content is so good - Porter is still taught today for a reason - but it‘s SO dense.
Antti Aalto
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
Brilliant breeze of common sense.
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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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