Competition, Competitive Advantage, and Clusters: The Ideas of Michael Porter

Paperback | October 24, 2012

EditorRobert Huggins, Hiro Izushi

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Harvard professor, Michael Porter has been one of the most influential figures in strategic management research over the last three decades. He infused a rigorous theoretical framework of industrial organization economics with the then still embryonic field of strategic management and elevatedit to its current status as an academic discipline. Porter's outstanding career is also characterized by its cross-disciplinary nature. Following his most important work on strategic management, he then made a leap to the policy side and dealt with a completely different set of analytical units.More recently he has made a foray into inner city development, environmental regulations, and health care services. Throughout these explorations Porter has maintained his integrative approach, seeking a road that links management case studies and the general model building of mainstream economics. With expert contributors from a range of disciplines including strategic management, economic development, economic geography, and planning, this book assesses the contribution Michael Porter has made to these respective disciplines. It clarifies the sources of tension and controversy relating toall the major strands of Porter's work, and provides academics, students, and practitioners with a critical guide for the application of Porter's models. The book highlights that while many of the criticisms of Porter's ideas are valid, they are almost an inevitable outcome for a scholar who hassought to build bridges across wide disciplinary valleys. His work has provided others with a set of frameworks to explore in more depth the nature of competition, competitive advantage, and clusters from a range of vantage points.

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Harvard professor, Michael Porter has been one of the most influential figures in strategic management research over the last three decades. He infused a rigorous theoretical framework of industrial organization economics with the then still embryonic field of strategic management and elevatedit to its current status as an academic dis...

Professor Robert Huggins is Professor of Economic Geography at Cardiff University and Director of its Centre for Advanced Studies. Prior to this he held a chair at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (2008-2011), and a Senior Lectureship at the University of Sheffield (2005-2008). He also has private sector experience managing ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pagesPublished:October 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Robert Huggins and Hiro Izushi: IntroductionPart I2. Jay B. Barney: Establishing Strategic Management as an Academic Discipline3. J.-C. Spender: Why Competitive Strategy succeeds - and with whom4. Nicolai J. Foss: Eclecticism and the Evolution of Strategy Research5. Robert E. Hoskisson, Michael A. Hitt, William P. Wan, and Daphne Yiu: Antecedents and Precedents to Porter's Competitive Strategy6. Omar Aktouf, Miloud Chennoufi, and W. David Holford: The Strategic Management Framework: a Methodological and Epistemological ExaminationPart II7. Robert M. Grant: National Economic Development and the Competitive Advantage of Nations8. Jan Fagerberg: Domestic Demand, Learning, and the Competitive Advantage of Nations: an Empirical Analysis9. Brian Snowdon: The Growth and Competitiveness of Nations: the Contribution of Michael PorterPart III10. Christian H. M. Ketels: Clusters and Competitiveness: Porter's Contribution11. Edward J. Malecki: On Diamonds, Clusters, and Regional Development12. Ron Martin and Peter Sunley: Clusters, Evolutionary Economics, and Policymaking13. Robert Huggins and Hiro Izushi: Conclusion