Gustavo Ballvé on December 25th, 2009
Corporate Strategy, Food for thought, Home, Mental models

In 2008, Michal Porter attended the World Knowledge Forum in South Korea and reaffirmed his “5 Competitive Forces” theory (video in the top right corner). We decided to put together a small collection of links to recent articles and videos regarding competition and corporate strategy as defined by Porter. As this blog will always remind readers, “take it with a grain of salt”! No matter how famous the expert, how “make-sense” his arguments, always check, search for contradictions and weaknesses and ultimately make up your own mind.

Merry Christmas!LINKS:

Mr. Porter reviewed his original 1979 article in a 2008 article called The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy.

Harvard interview with him right before the 2008 article. McKinsey Award video interview.

Skepticism pays: On Wikipedia, you can find a summary of the common criticisms regarding the 5 Forces theory. Nice starting point.

Useful YouTube links:

INSEAD Knowledge asks about the usefulness of long-term thinking in the midst of a severe downturn.

1-hour lecture on the competitiveness of a region and its urban areas (seems a bit off-topic, but is it really?)

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