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Porter’s Five Forces Model

February 28th, 2010 Comments off

In Chapter 13 we discuss strategy and the factors that impact how a company positions itself in the marketplace.  This discussion encompasses the Five Forces Model outlined by Michael Porter in 1979, even though our textbook doesn’t reference this fact.  Porter is still teaching at Harvard and has recently provided an updated look at his model and the way that it applies to competition today even with the introduction of the brand new technologies like the internet and online shipping/competition.

I stumbled upon an interview of Michael Porter when I subscribed to the Harvard Business Video IdeaCast series in Itunes.  If a picture is worth a thousand words then I guess that makes video worth even more.  If you are so inclined, I recommend that you subscribe to both the video and audio versions of IdeaCast in your RSS reader or Itunes (video/audio).  You may also want to track down some topics that interest you at one of the many sites that carry these resources such as the Harvard Business Publishing YouTube site.

Sustainable Business Truths: Perception is Reality

September 7th, 2009 Comments off

harvardbusinesspublishingHere’s a short piece from Harvard Business Publishing that makes the case that regardless of any arguments that can be made about whether or not global warming or climate change is real, the fact is that the business community needs to treat it as such.  The author of this piece has written a book called Green Recovery that may interest some of you as well.  His three main points in dealing with green business concepts are that resources are not infinite, the value is in the value chain, and climate change is a business and political reality.

Sustainable Business Truths: The Least Your Employees Need to Know. Andrew Winston.  Harvard Business Publishing. Wednesday August 26, 2009