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Competing Against Time

How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets

George Stalk Jr., Thomas M. Hout

Publisher: Free Press, 1990

ISBN: 0-02-915291-7

Keywords: Strategy


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Competing Against Time

by Roland Buresund last modified 2011-06-11 15:37

Rating: ****** (Decent)

Classical MBA litterature.

In 1990 this book was revolutionary. Today, it is mostly interesting as the first book on the subject. Nobody in todays (business) world can have missed out on the concept that time is (or can be) a competitive advantage. If you have missed this basic fact, do read this book, it explains in rather boring terms why it is so. Personally I think they put to much emphasis on time as a competitive advantage, and tend to disregard other factors, equally important. A more relevant reading would in my opinion be D'Aveni's Hypercompetition, that takes the concept to its logical conclusion, which Hoult and Stalk misses.

Unfortunately, neither of the authors are very entertaining writers, especially as this book is usually mandatory/recommended reading in most MBA classes on strategy.

In conclusion, good, once revolutionary, but today mostly over-rated.

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