Competitive Strategy

  • by Michael Porter
  • Narrated by Deaver Brown
  • 1 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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?


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- Richard

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!.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2010
  • Publisher: Simply Media