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    DescriptionCOMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE introduces a whole new way of understanding what a firm does. Porter's groundbreaking concept of the value chain disaggregates a company into 'activities', or the discrete functions or processes that represent the elemental building blocks of competitive advantage. Now an essential part of international business thinking, COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE takes strategy from broad vision to an internally consistent configuration of activities. Its powerful framework provides the tools to understand the drivers of cost and a company's relative cost position. Porter's value chain enables managers to isolate the underlying sources of buyer value that will command a premium price, and the reasons why one product or service substitutes for another. He shows how competitive advantage lies not only in activities themselves but in the way activities relate to each other, to supplier activities, and to customer activities. That the phrases 'competitive advantage' and 'sustainable competitive advantage' have become commonplace is testimony to the power of Porter's ideas. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE has guided countless companies, business school students, and scholars in understanding the roots of competition. Porter's work captures the extraordinary complexity of competition in a way that makes strategy both concrete and actionable.

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    Competitive Advantage
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael E. Porter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    ISBN 13: 9780743260879
    ISBN 10: 0743260872

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    BIC subject category V2: HP
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    DC21: 658.001
    BIC subject category V2: KJB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17850
    Libri: ENGM8000, WETT1094
    BISAC V2.8: BUS042000
    Libri: MANA1073, STRC0350, UNTE9977
    BISAC V2.8: BUS069030, BUS041000, BUS070000
    LC classification: HD41 \.P66
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Free Press
    Publication date
    01 July 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Michael E. Porter, one of the world's leading authorities on competitive strategy and international competitiveness, is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is the author of fourteen books, among them COMPETITIVE STRATEGY, THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE OF NATIONS, and CASES IN COMPETITIVE STRATEGY.
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    "Financial Times" The most influential management book of the past quarter century....A veritable goldmine of analytical concepts and tools to help companies get a much clearer grasp of how they can create and sustain competitive advantage.