Clockspeed (Large Print)
Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage
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· “A new lens for rethinking your business and the tools to mine your supply chain for fresh gold.” —Atlanta Business Chronicle
About the Book
In business today, all advantage is temporary. In order to survive-let alone thrive-companies must be able to anticipate and adapt to change, or face rapid, brutal extinction. In Clock speed, Charles Fine draws on a decades worth of research at M.I.T.s Sloan School of Management to introduce a new vocabulary for understanding the forces of competition and making strategic decisions that will determine the destiny of your company, as well as your industry. Taking inspiration from the world of biology, Fine argues that each industry has its own evolutionary life cycle (or ''clock speed''), measured by the rate at which it introduces new products, processes, and organizational structures. Just as geneticists study the fruit fly to gain insight into the evolutionary paths of all animals, managers in any industry can learn from the industrial fruit flies-such as Internet services, personal computers, and multimedia entertainment-which evolve through new generations at breakneck speed. Applying the lessons of the fruit flies to industries as diverse as bicycles, pharmaceuticals, and semiconductors, Fine illustrates how competitive advantage is lost or gained by how well a company manages dynamic web of relationships that run throughout its chain of suppliers, distributors, and alliance partners. Packed with revolutionary concepts and tools to help managers make key strategic decisions that affect current and future performance, Clock speed shows, as no other book before it, how the ultimate core competency is mastering the art of supply chain design, carefully choosing which components and capabilities to keep in-house and which to purchase from outside.
About the Author
Charles H. Fine is a professor of management and director of the Technology Supply Chain Research Project at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He has conducted extensive research on the dynamics of technology management, supply chain design, and industry competitiveness, and has consulted to major corporations, including GM, Corning, Lockheed, and Intel.
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