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<p><b><i>OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD<br />WALL STREET JOURNAL AND BUSINESSWEEK BESTSELLER<br />RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC AND IMPACTFUL STRATEGY BOOKS EVER WRITTEN</i></b></p> <p><b>The global phenomenon that has sold over 4 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 46 languages and is a bestseller across five continents--now updated and expanded with new content. Named by <i>Fast Company</i> as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. A strategy classic.</b></p> <p>In this perennial bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, globally preeminent management thinkers W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne challenge everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, <b><i>BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY</i></b>, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating &quot;blue oceans&quot;--untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.</p> <p><b><i>BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY</i></b> presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes: </p> <ul> <li>A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red</li> <li>Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time</li> <li>Two new chapters and an expanded third one--Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps --that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years</li> </ul> <p></p> <p>A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space--and making the competition irrelevant.</p> <p>To learn more about the power of <b><i>BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY</i></b>, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you'll find all the resources you need--from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.</p>

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OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD
WALL STREET JOURNAL AND BUSINESSWEEK BESTSELLER
RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC AND IMPACTFUL STRATEGY BOOKS EVER WRITTEN

The global phenomenon that has sold over 4 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 46 languages and is a bestseller across five continents--now updated and expanded with new content. Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. A strategy classic.

In this perennial bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, globally preeminent management thinkers W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne challenge everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating "blue oceans"--untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes:

  • A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red
  • Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time
  • Two new chapters and an expanded third one--Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps --that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years

A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space--and making the competition irrelevant.

To learn more about the power of BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you'll find all the resources you need--from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.

The global phenomenon that has sold over 4 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 46 languages and is a bestseller across five continents--now updated and expanded with new content

In this perennial bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, globally preeminent management thinkers W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne challenge everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, Blue Ocean Strategy, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating "blue oceans"--untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes:

  • A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red
  • Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time
  • Two new chapters and an expanded third one -- Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps -- that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years

A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space--and making the competition irrelevant.

To learn more about the power of blue ocean strategy, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you'll find all the resources you need--from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.

Specifications

Publisher
Harvard Business Review Press
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
W Chan Kim; Renée a Mauborgne
ISBN-13
9781625274496
Publication Date
February, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1625274491

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Blue Ocean Strategy re...
Blue Ocean Strategy really opened my eyes to a new way of looking at strategy. Although each of the companies highlighted in the book were not new information for me, I had never thought about what they've accomplished in terms of a Blue Ocean Strategy. This book takes something that any business person knows intuitively and puts it into a concrete methodology that can be applied in your own business. One such methodology is the Eliminate-Reduce-Raise-Create grid. Since reading that chapter, I've been applying the grid to nearly everything I've come across. It is a great way to have a fresh look at just about every aspect of your business. Look at your competition and identify what they are doing that can be completely eliminated without damaging your value to customers. For Southwest Airlines, it was seat assignment. Then look at what you can reduce that will set you apart. Again, for Southwest, it was meals. Now, although serving peanuts instead of a full meal is common-place today, when Southwest started doing it, it was a completely new idea. Next, look at what you can raise. What is your competition doing that you can do better, but that will also raise the value for your customers? For Southwest, it was the level of service. Southwest is known for their great customer service. Finally, what can you create that your competition isn't doing? Southwest created the short point-to-point departure system that made shorter trips more affordable for everyone. There are a lot of other tools in this book that any business owner or corporate department manager can quickly apply and improve in their own business.
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A little unrealistic f...
A little unrealistic from my perspective. This is in the top echelon of business books, no doubt. However, I thought it was a little idealistic in its portrayal that any business can seek and find a blue ocean strategy, that the concept is original, and somewhat trivializes switching out revenue. I thought the concept of competing against substitutes using a new business model was a recast of Michael Porter, with a dash of the Innovator's Solution by Christensen. It seemed to not be written by CEO's but more like consultants or theoreticians who'd found a trend or phenomenon, rather than how -- if you own or run an existing business - can you rip it toward Blue Ocean. This will be a great book if you like Jim Collins or Christensen or generally business books, but moreso if you are aspiring rather than existing CEO.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars
Blue Ocean Strategy re...
Blue Ocean Strategy really opened my eyes to a new way of looking at strategy. Although each of the companies highlighted in the book were not new information for me, I had never thought about what they've accomplished in terms of a Blue Ocean Strategy. This book takes something that any business person knows intuitively and puts it into a concrete methodology that can be applied in your own business. One such methodology is the Eliminate-Reduce-Raise-Create grid. Since reading that chapter, I've been applying the grid to nearly everything I've come across. It is a great way to have a fresh look at just about every aspect of your business. Look at your competition and identify what they are doing that can be completely eliminated without damaging your value to customers. For Southwest Airlines, it was seat assignment. Then look at what you can reduce that will set you apart. Again, for Southwest, it was meals. Now, although serving peanuts instead of a full meal is common-place today, when Southwest started doing it, it was a completely new idea. Next, look at what you can raise. What is your competition doing that you can do better, but that will also raise the value for your customers? For Southwest, it was the level of service. Southwest is known for their great customer service. Finally, what can you create that your competition isn't doing? Southwest created the short point-to-point departure system that made shorter trips more affordable for everyone. There are a lot of other tools in this book that any business owner or corporate department manager can quickly apply and improve in their own business.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
A little unrealistic f...
A little unrealistic from my perspective. This is in the top echelon of business books, no doubt. However, I thought it was a little idealistic in its portrayal that any business can seek and find a blue ocean strategy, that the concept is original, and somewhat trivializes switching out revenue. I thought the concept of competing against substitutes using a new business model was a recast of Michael Porter, with a dash of the Innovator's Solution by Christensen. It seemed to not be written by CEO's but more like consultants or theoreticians who'd found a trend or phenomenon, rather than how -- if you own or run an existing business - can you rip it toward Blue Ocean. This will be a great book if you like Jim Collins or Christensen or generally business books, but moreso if you are aspiring rather than existing CEO.
Blue Ocean Strategy really opened my eyes to a new way of looking at strategy. Although each of the companies highlighted in the book were not new information for me, I had never thought about what they've accomplished in terms of a Blue Ocean Strategy. This book takes something that any business person knows intuitively and puts it into a concrete methodology that can be applied in your own business. One such methodology is the Eliminate-Reduce-Raise-Create grid. Since reading that chapter, I've been applying the grid to nearly everything I've come across. It is a great way to have a fresh look at just about every aspect of your business. Look at your competition and identify what they are doing that can be completely eliminated without damaging your value to customers. For Southwest Airlines, it was seat assignment. Then look at what you can reduce that will set you apart. Again, for Southwest, it was meals. Now, although serving peanuts instead of a full meal is common-place today, when Southwest started doing it, it was a completely new idea. Next, look at what you can raise. What is your competition doing that you can do better, but that will also raise the value for your customers? For Southwest, it was the level of service. Southwest is known for their great customer service. Finally, what can you create that your competition isn't doing? Southwest created the short point-to-point departure system that made shorter trips more affordable for everyone. There are a lot of other tools in this book that any business owner or corporate department manager can quickly apply and improve in their own business.
A little unrealistic from my perspective. This is in the top echelon of business books, no doubt. However, I thought it was a little idealistic in its portrayal that any business can seek and find a blue ocean strategy, that the concept is original, and somewhat trivializes switching out revenue. I thought the concept of competing against substitutes using a new business model was a recast of Michael Porter, with a dash of the Innovator's Solution by Christensen. It seemed to not be written by CEO's but more like consultants or theoreticians who'd found a trend or phenomenon, rather than how -- if you own or run an existing business - can you rip it toward Blue Ocean. This will be a great book if you like Jim Collins or Christensen or generally business books, but moreso if you are aspiring rather than existing CEO.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Blue Ocean Strategy re...

Blue Ocean Strategy really opened my eyes to a new way of looking at strategy. Although each of the companies highlighted in the book were not new information for me, I had never thought about what they've accomplished in terms of a Blue Ocean Strategy. This book takes something that any business person knows intuitively and puts it into a concrete methodology that can be applied in your own business. One such methodology is the Eliminate-Reduce-Raise-Create grid. Since reading that chapter, I've been applying the grid to nearly everything I've come across. It is a great way to have a fresh look at just about every aspect of your business. Look at your competition and identify what they are doing that can be completely eliminated without damaging your value to customers. For Southwest Airlines, it was seat assignment. Then look at what you can reduce that will set you apart. Again, for Southwest, it was meals. Now, although serving peanuts instead of a full meal is common-place today, when Southwest started doing it, it was a completely new idea. Next, look at what you can raise. What is your competition doing that you can do better, but that will also raise the value for your customers? For Southwest, it was the level of service. Southwest is known for their great customer service. Finally, what can you create that your competition isn't doing? Southwest created the short point-to-point departure system that made shorter trips more affordable for everyone. There are a lot of other tools in this book that any business owner or corporate department manager can quickly apply and improve in their own business.

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Starts out criticizing...

Starts out criticizing "Built To Last" by saying that companies are not the proper "atom" to evaluate... H-P did well, but didn't even keep up with its market. The proper "atom" to evaluate is initiatives. Initiatives allow you to see how to really prosper. I think I agree with the assessment that this book is more of a description of how things *could* be than a how-to manual, but even that's a useful service since it adds another type of story to the "Business Narrative"

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While not terribly rob...

While not terribly robust academically, it illustrates a great framework for thinking about innovation and change in business. This is the best read on that subject that I've seen that really shows what I know to be true in practice. Really explains how to use something old like the Michael Porter structural analysis of industries for inventive creative solutions to transform boring dumb industries.

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This book for me basic...

This book for me basically had three parts. The first part on the concept of the strat canvas which I felt was the most useful. This was followed by a second part on the ways to find blue ocean markets - not as useful but still useful. The third part was more of the same - stuff about getting buy in and strategic alignment. I guess it was included for comprehensive-ness of the book?

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This book had me for t...

This book had me for the first part and lost me for the second. The first half of the book explains Blue Ocean Strategies. Go where your competitors aren't sounds impossible. It is not. And being reminded in such a compelling and forceful way was well worth the price of admission. The implementation guide is clearly created by smart academics. It is too ivory tower and not nearly enough throw the computer on the ground and figure it out. Way too complicated, these are Harvard guys after all (LOL). I walked away thinking no way you could go through the exercise without a consultant (which may be the point), but it doesn't matter as there is plenty of useful, actionable stuff in the first half.


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