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I. Industry and Competitive Analysis. What are the boundaries of the industry?. 2. What is the structure of the industry?. Questions involved. 3. Which firms are our competitors?. 4. What are the major determinants of competition?.

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    1. I. Industry and Competitive Analysis • What are the boundaries of the industry? 2. What is the structure of the industry? Questions involved 3. Which firms are our competitors? 4. What are the major determinants of competition?

    2. Why a Definition of Industry Boundaries is Important • Helps executives determine arena in which their firm competes • Focuses attention on firm’s competitors • Helps executives determine key factors for success • Gives executives another basis on which to evaluate their firm’s goals

    3. Sources of Difficulty in DefiningIndustry Boundaries Evolution of industries over time creates new opportunities and threats Industry evolution creates industries within industries Industries are becoming global in scope

    4. Issues in Defining an Industry • What part of the industry corresponds to our firm’s goals? • What are the key ingredients of success in that part of the industry? • Does our firm have the skills needed to compete in that part of the industry? • Will the skills enable us to seize emerging opportunities and deal with future threats? • Is our definition of the industry flexible enough to allow necessary adjustments to our business concept as the industry grows?

    5. Characteristics of Industry Structure • Structural attributes– Enduring characteristics giving an industry its distinctive character • Variations among industries involves examining • Concentration– Extent to which industry sales are dominated by only a few firms • Economies of Scale– Savings firms within an industry achieve due to increased volume • Product Differentiation– Extent to which customers perceive products of firms in industry as different • Barriers to Entry– Obstacles a firm must overcome to enter an industry

    6. Variables in Identifying Competitors • How do other firms define the scope of their market? • The more similar the definitions of firms, the more likely the firms will view each other as competitors • How similar are the benefits the customers derive from the products and services other firms offer? • The more similar the benefits, the higher the level of substitutability between them • How committed are other firms to the industry? • To size up commitment of potential competitors to industry, reliable intelligence data are needed concerning potential resource commitments

    7. Common Mistakes in IdentifyingCompetitors • Overemphasizing current and known competitors while ignoring potential entrants • Overemphasizing large competitors while ignoring small ones • Overlooking potential international competitors • Assuming competitors will continue to behave in same way

    8. Common Mistakes in IdentifyingCompetitors (contd.) • Misreading signals indicating a shift in focus of competitors • Overemphasizing competitors’ financial resources, market position, and strategies while ignoring their intangible assets • Assuming all firms in industry are subject to same constraints or are open to same opportunities • Believing purpose of strategy is to outsmart competition, rather than satisfy customer needs

    9. Forces Driving Industry Competition New Entrants Threat of new entrants Bargaining power of suppliers Bargaining power of buyers Industry Competitors Suppliers Buyers Rivalry Among Existing Firms Threat of substitute products or services Substitutes

    10. II. The Firm’s External Environment • Technological • Ecological Remote Environment (Global and Domestic) • Economic • Social • Political Industry Environment (Global and Domestic) • Entry barriers • Supplier power • Buyer power • Substitute availability • Competitive • rivalry Operating Environment (Global and Domestic) • Labor • Suppliers • Customers • Competitors • Creditors THE FIRM