Chapter 2 Identifying Competitive Advantages


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Learning Outcomes

Explain why competitive advantages are typically temporary List and describe each of the five forces in Porter¶s Five Forces Model Compare Porter¶s three generic strategies Describe the relationship between business processes and value chains




Identifying Competitive Advantages ‡ To survive and thrive an organization must create a competitive advantage ± Competitive advantage ± a product or service that an organization¶s customers place a greater value on than similar offerings from a competitor ± First-mover advantage ± occurs when an organization can significantly impact its market share by being first to market with a competitive advantage 2-3 .

Identifying Competitive Advantages ‡ Organizations watch their competition through environmental scanning ± Environmental scanning ± the acquisition and analysis of events and trends in the environment external to an organization ‡ Three common tools used in industry to analyze and develop competitive advantages include: ± Porter¶s Five Forces Model ± Porter¶s three generic strategies ± Value chains 2-4 .

The Five Forces Model ± Evaluating Business Segments ‡ Porter¶s Five Forces Model determines the relative attractiveness of an industry 2-5 .

Buyer Power ‡ Buyer power ± high when buyers have many choices of whom to buy from and low when their choices are few ‡ One way to reduce buyer power is through loyalty programs ± Loyalty program ± rewards customers based on the amount of business they do with a particular organization 2-6 .

Supplier Power ‡ Supplier power ± high when buyers have few choices of whom to buy from and low when their choices are many ± Supply chain ± consists of all parties involved in the procurement of a product or raw material 2-7 .

Supplier Power ‡ Organizations that are buying goods and services in the supply chain can create a competitive advantage by locating alternative supply sources (decreasing supplier power) through B2B marketplaces ± Business-to-Business (B2B) marketplace ± an Internet-based service that brings together many buyers and sellers 2-8 .

Supplier Power ‡ Two types of business-to-business (B2B) marketplaces ± Private exchange ± a single buyer posts its needs and then opens the bidding to any supplier who would care to bid ± Reverse auction ± an auction format in which increasingly lower bids are solicited from organizations willing to supply the desired product or service at an increasingly lower price 2-9 .

Threat of Substitute Products or Services ‡ Threat of substitute products or services ± high when there are many alternatives to a product or service and low when there are few alternatives from which to choose ± Switching cost ± costs that can make customers reluctant to switch to another product or service 2-10 .

Threat of New Entrants ‡ Threat of new entrants ± high when it is easy for new competitors to enter a market and low when there are significant entry barriers to entering a market ± Entry barrier ± a product or service feature that customers have come to expect from organizations in a particular industry and must be offered by an entering organization to compete and survive 2-11 .

Rivalry Among Existing Competitors ‡ Rivalry among existing competitors ± high when competition is fierce in a market and low when competition is more complacent ‡ Although competition is always more intense in some industries than in others. the overall trend is toward increased competition in just about every industry 2-12 .

The Three Generic Strategies ± Creating a Business Focus ‡ Organizations typically follow one of Porter¶s three generic strategies when entering a new market 2-13 .

The Three Generic Strategies ± Creating a Business Focus 2-14 .

Value Creation ‡ Once an organization chooses its strategy. each of which adds value to the product or service for each customer 2-15 . such as processing a customer¶s order ± Value chain ± views an organization as a series of processes. it can use tools such as the value chain to determine the success or failure of its chosen strategy ± Business process ± a standardized set of activities that accomplish a specific task.

Value Creation ‡ Combining Porter¶s Five Forces and three generic strategies create business strategies for each segment 2-16 .

Value Creation ‡ Value Chain 2-17 .

Value Creation ‡ Value chains with Porter¶s Five Forces 2-18 .

How can Apple use environmental scanning to gain business intelligence? 2. and Entertainment 1. Using Porter¶s Five Forces Model. analyze Apple¶s buyer power and supplier power 2-19 .OPENING CASE STUDY QUESTIONS Apple ± Merging Technology. Business.

Which of the three generic strategies is Apple following? 4. Which of Porter¶s Five Forces did Apple address through the introduction of the iPhone? 2-20 . and Entertainment 3.OPENING CASE STUDY QUESTIONS Apple ± Merging Technology. Business.

banks and credit card companies hope to convince consumers to buy products. with their cell phones instead of pocket change ‡ A transaction fee will be charged for each transaction ‡ The ability to charge items to a cell phone has significant business potential 2-21 .CHAPTER TWO CASE Say ³Charge It´ with Your Cell Phone ‡ By associating a credit card with a cell phone. such as soda.

Do you view this technology as a potential threat to traditional telephone companies? If so. Using Porter¶s Five Forces describe the barriers to entry for this new technology 2-22 .Chapter Two Case Questions 1. what counterstrategies could traditional telephone companies adopt to prepare for this technology? 2.

Describe the value chain of the business of using cell phones as a payment method 5. Which of Porter¶s three generic strategies is this new technology following? 4. How could Apple¶s iPhone use this technology to 2-23 gain a competitive advantage? .Chapter Two Case Questions 3. What types of regulatory issues might occur due to this type of technology? 6.

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