Greenwald, Bruce C. N.. Competition demystified: a radically simplified approach to business strategy / Bruce Greenwald and Judd. Kahn. p. cm. Includes index. Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy professor Bruce Greenwald offers a bold new theory of competition – a theory. In Competition Demystified, Bruce Greenwald and Judd Kahn define strategy as outward facing decisions addressing two primary issues: the.

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Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy

Overall, this was a decent read, but comprtition times become a bit one dimensional. He clearly explains a lot of concepts with real world examples. Greenwald logically lays out a framework for assessing the competitive landscape. This book changed the way that I think about strategy and the way to focus the strengths of our company in our competitive landscape. Successful firms recognize their competitive advantage gteenwald they leverage those advantage in the marketplace.

Many investors and analysts are too optimistic about growth, especially after meeting a charismatic CEO with an aggressive plan for expansion. I heard about this book through a My key take-aways for this book are: This chapter is worth reading for all interested in long-term value investing.

Competition Demystified

What are the genuinely important factors that separate good from ordinary businesses? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Greenwald finishes dompetition suggestions on new valuation approaches for whole businesses or capital investments that can also encompass a company’s strategic position.


One can learn a lot. Feb 11, Vemystified Cosentino rated it really liked it. But, skip the chapters starting with “co-operation”. As an investor, I use the concepts in this book as my framework to distinguish companies with a sustainable competitive advantage from most companies that lack a true edge.

Also, competituon more importantly, its WAY too long for the information given. But every manager will find Competition Demystified useful as well. To ask other readers questions about Competition Demystifiedplease sign up. Jan 28, Yu Shimada rated it really liked it. However, I would say that at times it can be quite boring and lengthy. Some of their statements are short but hold a huge amount of strategic meaning.

I am sure will reread for my investing study. Return to Book Page. But it is still not easy.

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Jan 20, Patrick Voigt rated it it was amazing. The book strikes me as non-saying. Here demyetified get a really good introduction to game theory, and have some high-profile cases to follow like the “Cola Wars” between Coke and Pepsi and the collusion between the Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses. Hardcoverpages. I recommend the book to everyone with interest in competitive strategy.

This book is the only book I know that goes kind of against Porter’s five forces and makes legit arguments. This book can be petty and academic at points, This book changed the way that I think about strategy and the way to focus the strengths of our company in our competitive landscape. Apr 29, Zahedul rated it really liked it. If a company can erect strong barriers to entry – through customer captivity, lower production costs, or economies of scale – it can manage these advantages, anticipate competitors’ moves, or achieve stability through bargaining and cooperation.


Many of the cases are out of date like Apple around early s which the authors conclude are “going nowhere”but the faulty analysis proves to me that their framework is not comletition useful. Dec 07, Pontaeus rated it it was ok. Technology is only a tool and cannot provide sustained competitive advantages since it can be copied easily.

Each case study covers pages, enough to drive home the points, but not so much as to make you get lost or forget. Perhaps the difference is in the author’s definition of time horizon. This is a great book if you have an interest in business strategy and how businesses actually survive in a long time period. Is differentiation a value creating strategy?

And by competitive advantages, he means concrete factors that enables some companies to achieve extraordinary profitability over an extended period of time.

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