Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blue Ocean Strategy ... A must read book

"Blue Ocean Strategy" is a must read book for anybody interested in business. It has exposed the secret of innovation of revolutionary companies, who changed the way world did business at their times and set new rules for the Game of Business.

Rather than competing within the confines of the existing industry or trying to steal customers from rivals (Bloody or Red Ocean Strategy) in the HBR of October 2004 W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne suggest Blue Ocean Strategy: developing uncontested market space that makes the competition irrelevant.

According to Kim and Mauborgne, competing in overcrowded industries is no way to sustain high performance. The real opportunity is to create blue oceans of uncontested market space.

Of course competition matters. But by focusing on competition and "competitive advantage", according to Kim and Mauborgne, scholars, companies, and consultants have ignored two very important - and far more lucrative - aspects of strategy:

- One is to find and develop blue oceans, and

- The other is to exploit and protect blue oceans. These challenges are very different from those to which strategists have devoted most of their attention.

In blue oceans, demand is created rather than fought over. There is ample opportunity for growth that is both profitable and rapid.

There are two ways to create blue oceans:

- One is to launch completely new industries, as eBay did with online auctions.

- It is more common for a blue ocean to be created from within a red ocean when a company expands the boundaries of an existing industry.

If you want to know more about this book, then click on the link below.

Blue Ocean Strategy


Tuhin Chaturvedi said...

In context of this discussion,what do you think of strategies of Apple's iPod and to a certain extent Amul's business model?

Le_Plan said...

I would consider both as blue oceans. One created with technological innovation and later business innovation.

These are actually among the best blue oceans in recent time.

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