Michael Porter

United States
Born on 23 May 1947


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Overall size is largely irrelevant for competitive advantage.

Economist (1990)
Some people think that Japan's success is due to cartels and collaboration. It is not. In the industries in which Japan is internationally successful, it has many fiercely competitive local rivals.

Economist (1990)
Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of values.

Harvard Business Review (1996)
A strategy delineates a territory in which a company seeks to be unique.
Strategy 101 is about choices: You can't be all things to all people.
Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it's about deliberately choosing to be different.
The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.
The company without a strategy is willing to try anything.
The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
The essence of strategy is that you must set limits on what you're trying to accomplish.
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