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“Joan Magretta lays out Porter’s ideas on competition in a concise, easy-to-read volume.” – Business Day (South Africa)
“If you have always intended to read Michael Porter's groundbreaking management classics, but have never quite got around to doing so, Joan Magretta's Understanding Michael Porter does the hard work for you” – Financial Mail (South Africa)
Competitive advantage. The value chain. Five forces. Industry structure. Differentiation. Relative cost. If you want to understand how companies achieve and sustain competitive success, Michael Porter’s frameworks are the foundation. But while everyone in business may know Porter’s name, many managers misunderstand and misuse his concepts.
The Essential Michael Porter sets the record straight, providing the first concise, accessible summary of Porter’s revolutionary thinking. Written with Porter’s full cooperation by Joan Magretta, his former editor at Harvard Business Review, this new book delivers fresh, clear examples to illustrate and update Porter’s ideas.
Magretta uses her wide-ranging business experience to translate Porter’s powerful insights into practice and to correct the most common misconceptions about them — for instance, that competition is about being unique, not being the best; that it is a contest over profits, not a battle between rivals; that strategy is about choosing to make some customers unhappy, not being all things to all customers.
An added feature is an original Q&A with Porter himself, which includes answers to managers’ FAQs.
Eminently readable, this book will enable every manager in your organization to grasp Porter’s ideas — and swiftly deploy them to drive your company’s success.
“A book on understanding Porter is worthwhile because he's often misunderstood. He is widely and rightly regarded as the all-time greatest strategy guru, but that view gets the emphasis wrong.” Fortune magazine
About The Author
Joan Magretta has worked with Michael Porter for almost two decades. She is a senior associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, a McKinsey Award winner, and author of What Management Is, a top pick of its year by The Economist. She was a Bain partner and strategy editor of Harvard Business Review.
|Publisher||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Imprint||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Number of Pages||208 Pages|
I learned my lesson My value is determined by the value I create for others. This book is that best explanation of Potter's strategy in easy to digest chapters. Highly recommended for anybody who wants to get better understanding of one the most abused and misused word spoken in every organization - strategy.
The book is very good read.. back to basics! Best part is, you can apply each and every Porter's theory into your business after going through this book. Not just superficial reading of your MBA, but real explanation of strategy, competition and value chain.