The global phenomenon that has sold 3.6 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 46 languages and is a bestseller across five continents—now updated and expanded with new content
Blue Ocean Strategy – In this perennial bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, globally preeminent management thinkers W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne challenge everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, Blue Ocean Strategy, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans”—untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.
Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes:
- A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red
- Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time
- Two new chapters and an expanded third one — Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps — that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years
A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space—and making the competition irrelevant.
To learn more about the power of blue ocean strategy, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you’ll find all the resources you need—from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.
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Book Review by Aubrey Betts
Very insightful content with the best takeaway for me being the strategy of making the competition irrelevant. Not to ignore the competition but to understand the consumers who hire a product or service to solve a problem and differentiate your product or service to avoid commoditization. There are tools to help hypothesize how your company’s competencies of understanding new technologies, new materials, new channels for reaching consumers, etc. are more simply, more efficiently, less expensively changing the way consumers end-use a product or service to the extent that it expands the market to non-consumers. Much like Apple did when it introduced PC’s into the home and how Amazon is leveraging the Internet as a way of changing how consumers buy products around the world.
As I read the book I would put it down often just to think about how I could use what I was learning and apply it in the classroom. This is a good read whether you are a businessman, a doctor, a teacher, a volunteer or involved in any other discipline.
From Publishers Weekly
Kim and Mauborgne’s blue ocean metaphor elegantly summarizes their vision of the kind of expanding, competitor-free markets that innovative companies can navigate. Unlike “red oceans,” which are well explored and crowded with competitors, “blue oceans” represent “untapped market space” and the “opportunity for highly profitable growth.” The only reason more big companies don’t set sail for them, they suggest, is that “the dominant focus of strategy work over the past twenty-five years has been on competition-based red ocean strategies”-i.e., finding new ways to cut costs and grow revenue by taking away market share from the competition. With this groundbreaking book, Kim and Mauborgne-both professors at France’s INSEAD, the second largest business school in the world-aim to repair that bias.
Using dozens of examples-from Southwest Airlines and the Cirque du Soleil to Curves and Starbucks-they present the tools and frameworks they’ve developed specifically for the task of analyzing blue oceans. They urge companies to “value innovation” that focuses on “utility, price, and cost positions,” to “create and capture new demand” and to “focus on the big picture, not the numbers.” And while their heavyweight analytical tools may be of real use only to serious strategy planners, their overall vision will inspire entrepreneurs of all stripes, and most of their ideas are presented in a direct, jargon-free manner. Theirs is not the typical business management book’s vague call to action; it is a precise, actionable plan for changing the way companies do business with one resounding piece of advice: swim for open waters.
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“one of the bestselling business books of the century” — Financial Times
“Blue Ocean Strategy is the most successful book on business master-planning…” — The Economist
“A great read for any leader looking to get a real edge in business and establish a real competitive advantage in the market.” — Qantas The Australian Way
Praise for Blue Ocean Strategy:
- A bestseller across 5 continents
- More than 3.6 million copies sold worldwide
- Translated into 46 languages
- A Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Fast Company bestseller
- Thinkers50 Strategy Award for Best Business Book of the decade
- The Fast Company Leadership Hall of Fame
- Winner of the Carl S. Sloane Award for Excellence in Management Consulting
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Originally published: 2004
Pages: 240 pp, 287 pp (expanded edition)