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Understanding Michael Porter Audiobook
Understanding Michael Porter
Written by: 
Joan Magretta
Narrated by: 
Erik Synnestvedt
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Understanding Michael Porter Audiobook

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy

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Publisher's Summary

A Distillation of The Most Important Business Thinking of Our Time

Michael Porter’s groundbreaking ideas on competition and strategy have unfolded over three decades and are spread across a dauntingly long list of publications. Every manager can name individual pieces of his work - competitive advantage, the value chain, five forces - but no one, not even Porter himself, has put the entire puzzle together to reveal it as an integrated whole. This lucid, concise audiobook does just that. Written with Porter’s full cooperation by Joan Magretta, his former editor at Harvard Business Review, this book provides an engaging summary of Porter’s ideas and an invaluable synthesis of this important body of work, making clear how each of Porter’s powerful concepts relates to the others and, most important, to the practical realities managers face.

Modern thinking about competition and strategy begins with Porter’s frameworks. They are the most widely used in practice by managers around the world. But as Magretta points out, Porter is often misunderstood and his frameworks misapplied. Magretta’s own wide-ranging business experience allows her to identify the most common of these misconceptions - among them, the deeply held but dangerous belief that competition is about being the best. Understand Porter and you will see why competing to be the best sparks an inevitable race to the bottom.

Understanding Michael Porter will enable all leaders throughout any organization to grasp Porter’s seminal ideas about competition and strategy and deploy them to achieve competitive success.

©2011 Joan Magretta (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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    Jason Canterbury, CT, United States 04-12-12
    Jason Canterbury, CT, United States 04-12-12
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    "Excellent Material!"

    Great material on competitive strategy. Unfortunately it was very difficult to tolerate the way the narrator finished the sentences. I almost stop listening. Using a kindle or nook woud be the way to go.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Madelyn 04-21-16
    Madelyn 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic distillation and explanation!"
    What made the experience of listening to Understanding Michael Porter the most enjoyable?

    Michael Porter is one of the most influential business thinkers of the past 40 years. His thinking on the Five Forces and other aspects of both competitive and business strategy are widely studied and used across the world. That said, Dr. Porter's writing IS academic and he has expanded and revised some of his older thinking. The author of this book is a fellow academic and (dare I say?) protege of Dr. Porter.

    She has done a masterful job of making his work more accessible and easier to understand PLUS she's indicated when he has revised his thinking over the years. Invaluable book if you want to apply Dr Porter's analytical templates to your business.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice artist was clear and easy to understand. I listen to my books at about 1.25 speed and even at the higher speed he was easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Søren 04-18-16
    Søren 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Clear and concise summary of Michael Porter"

    Very pleased, gave me a better understanding of Porters models,their application and a nuanced understanding of competition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory A Roche 10-29-15
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    "True philosophy on strategy"

    Michael porter is the best for education on strategy.

    We used his knowledge to establish methods for our companies process for strategy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Nicholasville, KY, United States 06-19-15
    Matthew Nicholasville, KY, United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Erik Synnestvedt"

    Why do publishers keep hiring Erik Synnestvedt? His reviews are universally negative so why is he still reading books for Audible? He's ruining excellent books like this. Text-to-speech is getting really good. Audible's competitive advantage is excellent narrators. Bad narrators can easily be replaced with text-to-speech and erode any competitive advantage that Audible has. Please invest in good narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean P. Harry 06-02-15 Member Since 2015

    Sean Harry

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    "Good book. Annoying narrator."

    This is a great review of Porter on strategy. But the narrator has a very annoying voice. Next time I'll buy the book and read it for myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 03-26-15
    Jeff 03-26-15
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    "Worth the time, but do listen to the sample."
    If you could sum up Understanding Michael Porter in three words, what would they be?

    Succinct, Clear, Useful


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator does have a style that's a little less than totally enjoyable. But if you can handle the sample, the info is worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're too busy to read his books and articles that updated theories from the books, this is the book for you. A summary of Porter isn't for the casual observer, but it the author does a good job of making it accessible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eben V Pelcyger Boulder, CO United States 02-08-15
    Eben V Pelcyger Boulder, CO United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "if you love Porter's work, you'll enjoy this book"

    excellent summary of Porter's body of work. I listen to it regularly when thinking about strategic issues

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barkan Saeed 09-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book and must listen for Managers"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    All stores which tell what strategy is not..


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

    I have listened to this book three times but most of the time in chunks


    Any additional comments?

    The book was great but Joan is a poor narrater and it is very difficult to understand him

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mozingo Charlotte Hall, MD 04-08-14
    K. Mozingo Charlotte Hall, MD 04-08-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Just awful narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. His pronunciation was so awful, it was a distraction.


    Has Understanding Michael Porter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The problem is, because of the odd narration, I do not understand Michael Porter.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Synnestvedt?

    Almost anyone


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

    I have no idea. I can't listen to it


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, get another narrator then let everyone who attempted to listen to this version have it free. This is valuable information ... That I don't have although I paid for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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