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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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    Skinny Pete 06-24-17
    Skinny Pete 06-24-17
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    "Might be the best business book I've ever read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Understanding Michael Porter to be better than the print version?

    I listened to this while commuting to and from the office. Because I was driving, I expect that the audio edition was a better choice. Seriously, I have no idea. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version, and I have no experience with the print version.


    What other book might you compare Understanding Michael Porter to and why?

    If I knew of other business books that were this good, I would add them to my reading list. I haven't found anything similar to date. I did greatly enjoy the insights shared in The Real Life MBA by Jack Welch with a lot of material I was able to immediately take to work. But this book is really in a different league.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A clear, concise understanding of competitive advantage -- both what it is and what it isn't. But the way so many brilliant concepts were tied together so easily was absolutely superb.


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

    I spent half of the book just in awe of the material being presented. The other half I spent annoyed that I had never heard of this book nor its contents. I feel that had I read this book at the beginning of my career it would have been a complete game changer.


    Any additional comments?

    Many complaints about the narrator on this book in other reviews. I noticed what they were complaining about, and I HATE narrators that stand out for bad reasons. I heard the annoying speech, but I didn't find it to be a distraction from the material presented.

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    Sherman 06-06-17
    Sherman 06-06-17
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    "Great information was worth the dry performance."

    Information stands the test of time and is relevant for anything from your hair salon to your latest startup idea.

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    Mark Freedman 03-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great content, terrible narrator. Still recommend."

    highly recommended despite the pick for narrator. will need to listen to this book over and over to truly absorb the material.

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    @ScottMorrisUCD 11-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great synopsis of Porter's work"

    Loved the content, but dit NOT like the narrator's snarky voice, particularly on the ending of sentences/phrases.

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    GRS 10-10-16
    GRS 10-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great synthesis"

    A lot more people talk about Porter and his ideas than have his books. Agreed, plowing through all his work takes a lot of time and concentration . With this concise, readable compilation of his work over four decades there is no excuse to no excuse to not read about his enduring framework.

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    frankiethepunk 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Essential if you want to assimilate Porter quickly"

    Overall I found this book well written and interesting. It gives the reader a quick and clear understanding of Porter's theories.

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    Chris C Sydney, Australia 08-05-16
    Chris C Sydney, Australia 08-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "great content, frustratingly articulate voice"

    great content, frustratingly articulate voice actor, especially the word strategy.. sorry to make it person but it was piercing my ears..

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    DavPar Texas 08-04-16
    DavPar Texas 08-04-16

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    "Awful Narration
    The narrator is truly infuriating "

    The narrator is really really really infuriating with his Narration specially with his inflections at the end of every sentence. The content is mediocre.

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    MTG 04-21-16
    MTG 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. <br/><br/>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.

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