The Strategy Book

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The tools include: SWOT analysis, Porter's 5 forces of competition, McKinsey's 7-S framework, BCG’s product portfolio matrix, Kim and Mauborgne's blue ocean, Kaplan and Norton's balanced scorecard, Mintzberg’s deliberate and emergent, Prahalad's bottom of the pyramid and twenty-one more. * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. “Strategy is about shaping the future,” writes Max McKeown.

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Renee Mauborgne - Co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy , Renee offered great insights on creating demand, most particularly on creating consumer demand where little or none previously existed. Smart leaders spend more time on creativity than productivity.&#

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Marginal Market Opportunities

Harvard Business Review

Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne of INSEAD have written a whole book about Blue Ocean Strategy as they call it, in which successful companies innovate their value propositions to attract customers who have never engaged with their type of product or service before. A classic example is the Australian Wine Yellow Tail in the USA market, a case that Kim and Mauborgne document fully in their book. The gamble worked and Yellow Tail successfully made wine a working class product.

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Dead, but Physical Retail Isn’t

Harvard Business Review

As families moved out to the suburbs, and interstate highways improved distribution and logistics, a single location focused on a particular product area made a lot of sense. To understand the shift, just walk into your nearest Apple store, where you will find a limited selection of products and no cash registers. The recent bankruptcy filing at Toys “R” Us has roiled the toy industry. Yet the struggles at the company are not new. The firm was taken private in a $6.6

You Can Win Without Differentiation

Harvard Business Review

From Michael Porter to Costas Markides and through the Blue Oceans of Kim and Mauborgne, strategy scholars have been urging executives to distinguish their firm’s offerings and carve out a unique market position. The trick is that when there is uncertainty about the quality of a product or service, firms do not have to rely on differentiation in order to obtain a competitive advantage. McKinsey, of course, offers the most uncertain product of all: Strategy advice.

Apple Versus the Strategy Professors

Harvard Business Review

Steve Jobs' revival of the company began with a decision to narrow product lines down to a handful, and its big product successes of recent years have all been defined to a large extent by what Jobs and Apple's designers decided to leave off.

What Is Strategy, Again?

Harvard Business Review

If you read what Peter Drucker had to say about competition back in the late ’50s and early ‘60s, he really only talked about one thing: competition on price. He was hardly alone — that was evidently how most economists thought about competition, too.