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Competitive Strategy: What Is Strategy | [Michael Porter]

Competitive Strategy: What Is Strategy

This audiobook was created based on Michael Porter's landmark book Competitive Strategy. This was Mr. Porter's synopsis of his book for the Harvard Business Review.
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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook was created based on Michael Porter's landmark book Competitive Strategy. This was Mr. Porter's synopsis of his book for the Harvard Business Review. This audiobook emphasizes that operational effectiveness is not strategy, that strategy rests on unique activities done by the organization, strategic positioning, the entrepreneurial edge, generic and specific strategies, that sustainable strategic positions require trade offs, that proper fit drives both competitive advantage and sustainability, rediscovering focused strategies, the failure of blurred and straddled strategies, the growth trap, that profitable growth is often niche oriented, the role of leadership in creating and maintaining clear strategies, and that the new entrant and new company advantage is executing clear strategies.

©2010 Michael Porter (P)2010 Christina Brown

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    Richard Avon, CT, United States 01-26-12
    Richard Avon, CT, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2001

    Rich Berning, MD

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    "Tough to listen to this one"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I struggled to listen all the way to the end of this book. The subject matter is presented pretty dryly- more like a college thesis paper- and clearly not a


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Blue Ocean Strategy


    Do you think Competitive Strategy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ANTONIO MEXICO DF, Mexico 12-13-11
    ANTONIO MEXICO DF, Mexico 12-13-11
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    "Great content, poor reading style"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Competitive Strategy to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely not. I have read the original article by Porter at the HBR magazine. I wanted to have the text in audio to listen to it again and reinforce concepts while driving. However, the reading is rather poor, the voice of the reader is monotonous, there is no sound editing, the noise of the cracking chair of the reader in the background distracts and, overall, the audio quality is not satisfying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The contents. Michael Porter's ideas are very useful and powerful


    What didn’t you like about Deaver Brown’s performance?

    The reading is disapassionate and rather poor, the voice of the reader is monotonous, there is no sound editing (e.g. a sound indicating a change of section), the noise of the cracking chair of the reader in the background speaks of sloppiness in the recording process and, overall, the audio quality is not satisfying as the driving normal sounds require high quality of the recording.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The monotonous reading was a deterrant of this. Only the qaulity of the contents prevented me from not finishing the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Porter's work deserves much better audiobook quality!.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Potomac, MD, United States 06-11-12
    Marc Potomac, MD, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible audio quality"
    What disappointed you about Competitive Strategy?

    This article is very difficult to listen to. The audio quality is poor; there is echo and editing remarks throughout. The narrator is lifeless.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a seminal work in academics and it should be better wrought.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

    A woman woul dbe better suited to narrate the text.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    This is a seminal work in academics.


    Any additional comments?

    Technology has certainly improved enough to make this technically more acceptable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Highland Village, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Scott Highland Village, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great content, atrocious production"
    Where does Competitive Strategy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a big fan of Michael Porter and this was a broad overview of his concepts. As far as business books, Competitive Strategy is a must-read (listen).


    What didn’t you like about Deaver Brown’s performance?

    Despite excellent content, I could not get over the fact that he continually pronounced "Ikea" as aye-a-KEY-a. Did the editor not understand how this should be pronounced? One time would be tolerable. Twenty mispronounciations was a distraction. The sound is also of low quality though this is more a production issue than the narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would like to say it was an extremely positive reaction, which it may have been had the narrator not sounded like he was reading out loud in my bathroom, but the poor production and performance distracted from the content. I'll never see another Ikea store again without thinking of this book...based solely on the way the narrator pronounced it. So I guess that is a positive for Ikea.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the performance, I would recommend the book. It's a short listen, and the content is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George MARY ESTHER, FLORIDA, United States 11-30-12
    George MARY ESTHER, FLORIDA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thrilled it's on audible, good for price"
    Would you try another book from Michael Porter and/or Deaver Brown?

    I couldn't get over the pronunciation of Ikea. The recording sounded like it was done with an old-school tape recorder. Other than that, for $2 its good to hear a classic.


    What didn’t you like about Deaver Brown’s performance?

    I did not care for his performance on this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 06-23-14
    Ben 06-23-14
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    "Read the article!! Do not listen!!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Recording is not produced well and echos. Narrator's overall rhythm and delivery of well-written sentences is poor and almost impossible to get passed in order to absorb content.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim San Ysidro, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Tim San Ysidro, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent short review of Porters work"
    What did you love best about Competitive Strategy?

    This is an good review of Porters work in Strategy. A great way to keep up while you are driving to work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-18-13
    Timothy Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sounds like some guy read article in his basement"
    What disappointed you about Competitive Strategy?

    This is clearly not a professionally recorded audiobook but sounds like some guy (unfortunately a very poor reader) recorded this in his basement with amateur recording equipment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this person. Too bad Michael Porter's great work is being treated so poorly for someone to make a quick buck (unfortunately including mine).


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

    Someone with a sense of vocal tone and inflection who knows how to read aloud for effectiveness.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Michael Porter's great content is the only redeeming quality


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Germantown, TN, United States 02-02-13
    Mike Germantown, TN, United States 02-02-13
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    What did you love best about Competitive Strategy?

    I know this book very well and was thrilled at the idea of getting a high quality narrated version of this important text. Unfortunately this recording is no better than if I had read the book aloud to myself in front of a recording device.


    What other book might you compare Competitive Strategy to and why?

    Competitive Advantage


    How could the performance have been better?

    Professional narration with significantly improved audio controls, the narration is relatively poor and the audio quality is very hollow


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning moved me to write an unfortunately negative review


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this was better I don't know if I will be able to have the patience to listen to this for more than a little time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Austin, TX, United States 07-10-12
    George Austin, TX, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mediocre at best"
    What disappointed you about Competitive Strategy?

    Not very insightful, and it seemed to rarely finish a full thought and dive deeply into the subject at hand.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The recording quality is terrible. It sounds like the it was recorded in the narrator's kitchen. It was a chore to just get through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    "Start With Why" is a more indepth and much better performed book that covers all of the same ideas with more fleshed out thoughts and follow-up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    2/27/12
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    "Narration Poor, content useful"

    Make sure you listen to the sample before buying this. It is not the usual high quality that survives audibles quality control - which in this instance is ironic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ChangePro
    4/24/12
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    "Grating voice, brilliant content"

    Sorry Mr Brown, your enthusiasm for your subject is not conveyed in your vocal delivery. Such a pity. The brilliance of the analysis deserves to be conveyed with passion and vibrancy, not in a nasal twang with a strange background echo.
    On second listening (I was hypnotised to sleep on the first), I found the content everything I had hoped.
    Porter challenges the modern shibolleths of process and continuous improvement in favour of radically strategic free-thinking. Listen and weep for the years of conventionality that creates "anti-competition".

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