Competition, Competitive Advantage, and Clusters

The Ideas of Michael Porter
Edited by Robert Huggins and Hiro Izushi

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ISBN-10: 9780199578030
ISBN-13: 978-0199578030
Pages: 328
Binding: Hardback

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Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Michael Porter’s works – strategy, international business, competitiveness
Contributions from leading authorities across the disciplines
Editors interviewed Michael Porter
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 elevated it 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.

  • Comprehensive coverage of all apsects of Michael Porter’s works – strategy, international business, competitiveness
  • Contributions from leading authorities across the disciplines
  • Editors interviewed Michael Porter

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 to all 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 has sought 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.

Readership: Academics, researchers, and students in business and management, business managers, and policy makers

Table of Contents

1: Robert Huggins and Hiro Izushi: Introduction
Part I
2: Jay B. Barney: Establishing Strategic Management as an Academic Discipline
3: J.-C. Spender: Why Competitive Strategy succeeds – and with whom
4: Nicolai J. Foss: Eclecticism and the Evolution of Strategy Research
5: Robert E. Hoskisson, Michael A. Hitt, William P. Wan, and Daphne Yiu: Antecedents and Precedents to Porter’s Competitive Strategy
6: Omar Aktouf, Miloud Chennoufi, and W. David Holford: The Strategic Management Framework: a Methodological and Epistemological Examination
Part II
7: Robert M. Grant: National Economic Development and the Competitive Advantage of Nations
8: Jan Fagerberg: Domestic Demand, Learning, and the Competitive Advantage of Nations: an Empirical Analysis
9: Brian Snowdon: The Growth and Competitiveness of Nations: the Contribution of Michael Porter
Part III
10: Christian H. M. Ketels: Clusters and Competitiveness: Porter’s Contribution
11: Edward J. Malecki: On Diamonds, Clusters, and Regional Development
12: Ron Martin and Peter Sunley: Clusters, Evolutionary Economics, and Policymaking
13: Robert Huggins and Hiro Izushi: Conclusion

Additional Information

Edited by Robert Huggins, Director, Centre for International Competitiveness, Cardiff School of Management, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and Hiro Izushi, Senior Lecturer in Innovation, Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School

Robert Huggins, Cardiff School of Management, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Hiro Izushi, Aston Business School
Jay B. Barney, Ohio State University
J.-C. Spender, Lund/ESADE
Nicolai J. Foss, Copenhagen Business School
Robert E. Hoskisson, Arizona State University
Michael A. Hitt, Texas A&M University
William P. Wan, Texas Tech University
Daphne Yiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Omar Aktouf, HEC Montréal
Miloud Chennoufi, Canadian Forces College
W. David Holford, University of Québec at Montréal
Robert M. Grant, Bocconi University
Jan Fagerberg, University of Oslo
Brian Snowdon, Durham University
Christian H. M. Ketels, Harvard Business School
Edward J. Malecki, the Ohio State University
Ron Martin, University of Cambridge
Peter Sunley, University of Southampton