In this book, strategy expert and Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath takes on one of most fundamental and recognized notions in strategy: that of sustainable competitive advantage. She argues that this can no longer be the Holy Grail for companies because in a constantly changing environment, deeply ingrained structures and systems designed to extract value actually become a liability. The new path to winning includes taking advantage of shorter term opportunities, as well as relying on new organizational talents like speed and decisiveness. McGrath defines the new transient life cycle of competitive advantage and shows how successful firms manage through it by using an updated philosophy.
The End of Competitive Advantage offers a bold new set of principles for competing in what we now understand is a continuously volatile and uncertain environment. Consider this your fresh strategy playbook for competing in an accelerating world.
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McGrath, Rita. The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.