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Book Synopsis: “Understanding Michael Porter”

Posted: September 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Title

“Understanding Michael Porter”

The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy

Author:

Joan Magretta

Synopsis:

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 many in business may know Porter’s name, many managers misunderstand and misuse his concepts.

Understanding 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 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.

Reviews

“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)

— Written by The Signal with material supplied by Barnes and Noble

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