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Beyond Porter – A Critique of the Critique of Porter

By Dagmar Recklies

The writings of the American management-guru and Harvard-Professor Michael E-Porter are considered to be among the most influential of their subject – and among the most critiqued ones. Porter had a lasting influence on strategic management with his books about competitive advantages on industry level and on global level, which were written in the eighties. Porter’s models like the Five Competitive Forces, the Value Chain or Porters Diamond have become standard equipment of the manager’s toolbox. 

Porter’s ideas became more and more subject of critique under the impression of the developing Internet economy during the last decade. Critics point out that economic conditions have changed fundamentally since that time. The rise of the Internet and of various e-business applications has strongly influenced nearly all industries.  

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