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The Ultimate Competitive Advantage: Secrets of Continually Developing a More Profitable Business Model

7 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Donald Mitchell

It's a challenge to discuss business models compellingly, but management consultants Mitchell and Coles do an impressive job of it here. Their thesis: the best-performing corporations are those that constantly review and update their business models … see full wiki

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Author: Donald Mitchell
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
8 reviews about The Ultimate Competitive Advantage: Secrets...
review by . September 29, 2010
Too many business managers focus on a successful company's minimum requirements. Have customers; collect receivables; remit payables; weather disasters; out-maneuver competitors and not unimportantly; report profits. Donald Mitchell and Carol Coles, two Massachusetts-based business consultants, in their third book, challenge managers to recognize that business model obsolescence is the major unperceived opportunity for and at the same time threat to their enterprises. By simply adding these …
review by . March 01, 2004
This book does two things - (1) it describes how to achieve and sustain competitive advantage by examining your current business model and refactoring it to take advantage of emergent opportunities or changing business climates, and (2) it teaches you how to think out of the box.Thinking out of the box is a prerequisite for refactoring your business model, and unlike the plethora of books on this seemingly ineffable topic, this book will provide you with the knowledge and skills to do just that. …
review by . March 01, 2004
This book does two things - (1) it describes how to achieve and sustain competitive advantage by examining your current business model and refactoring it to take advantage of emergent opportunities or changing business climates, and (2) it teaches you how to think out of the box.Thinking out of the box is a prerequisite for refactoring your business model, and unlike the plethora of books on this seemingly ineffable topic, this book will provide you with the knowledge and skills to do just that. …
review by . July 02, 2003
There is no single ultimate competitive advantage, except perhaps to know that none exists and that to stay static is to perish. While some concepts are universal to business, there are so many niche-specific strategies, that few approaches work everywhere. The authors of this book understand that, and most of their ideas are based on the simple concept that one must always be business-savvy paranoid. This means that you should never assume without proof that a customer will remain a loyal one, …
review by . May 28, 2003
This is the latest of three business books co-authored by Don Mitchell and Carol Coles. In my opinion, none offers "cutting edge thinking" but each provides an abundance of valuable information, thoughtful analysis, and practical (i.e. doable) recommendations which are directly, indeed urgently relevant to any organization, regardless of its size, nature or current circumstances. In this volume, as he and Coles suggest, the message is "to develop and implement a superior management process that …
review by . May 09, 2003
Reviewed by Theresa Welsh, author and reviewer, co-author of The Brave New Service Strategy The Ultimate Competitive Advantage gives business advice that seems simple and obvious, but actually doing what the authors suggest takes vision and effort. Mitchell and Coles tell us if we want to succeed in business, we must constantly improve our business model -- another way of saying "if you keep on doing the same old thing, you'll soon be out of business." What I liked about their approach is that it …
review by . May 04, 2003
THE ULTIMATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE is obviously a book written for companies, large and small, a sort of self help book on a grand scale. Not being a corporate type I read this book more on the stance of evaluating the quality of writing and communication. This is a very finely tuned book, rich with examples of what works and what hinders the race for success in today's market place. The information presented is sound (very informative for the non-corporate types), well paced, and more important …
review by . April 05, 2003
The Ultimate Competitive Advantage gives an excellent account on how business succede. The fundamental concept of this book is that companies must continue to alter their business model to the changes that happen in their respective industries. This books is fully loaded with successful business models from many companies like Paychex, Dell, Xlinx, Iron Mountain, and Habitat For Humanity. The details behind these success stories are fascinating.The book is presented in a very easy to read fashion. …
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