28th May 2002 - Competing for the Future

During a trip to London over the past couple of days I had the opportunity to read "Competing for the Future" by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad. The book was recommended to me by Pat Robinson in relation to my preparation to the next survey called "Business Intelligence in the Future".

This book is a great inspiration for any MBA who has not yet read it. It reminds us to think in more than just incremental changes. To suit this purpose a number of business cases are reviewed such as Caterpillar vs. Komatsu, IBM vs. Apple and Xerox vs. Canon; they all show that innovation, leveraged by a strategy along the lines of an organizations core competency, is more powerful than a good reputation and track record.

The point of the book is simple: innovate or be overrun. However, the significance of the book is that it does not only make the point, it also gives a suggestion for fueling the innovation process through steps of unlearning old habits to developing and controlling new markets before they even emerge. In general a brilliant and thought provoking book that prompts the reader to ask the question: how much time do I spend on looking forward?

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