Competitive Strategy - Explained
What is a Competitive Business Strategy?
If you still have questions or prefer to get help directly from an agent, please submit a request.
We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
- Marketing, Advertising, Sales & PR
- Accounting, Taxation, and Reporting
- Professionalism & Career Development
Law, Transactions, & Risk Management
Government, Legal System, Administrative Law, & Constitutional Law Legal Disputes - Civil & Criminal Law Agency Law HR, Employment, Labor, & Discrimination Business Entities, Corporate Governance & Ownership Business Transactions, Antitrust, & Securities Law Real Estate, Personal, & Intellectual Property Commercial Law: Contract, Payments, Security Interests, & Bankruptcy Consumer Protection Insurance & Risk Management Immigration Law Environmental Protection Law Inheritance, Estates, and Trusts
- Business Management & Operations
- Economics, Finance, & Analytics
What is a Competitive Strategy?
A competitive strategy focuses on how a business unit will compete against competitors within the market. Implementing a business unit’s competitive strategy should further the organization-level strategy.
Back to: STRATEGY & PLANNING
The primary understanding of competitive strategies comes from Michael Porter’s Generic Strategies:
- Cost-Based Strategy
- Differentiation Strategy
- Focus Strategy
The objective of a competitive strategy is to establish some form of competitive advantage within the market.
The primary tool for measuring the competitive position of an organization in the market is Porter’s 5 Forces Model.
How do Competitive Strategies Change Over the Business Lifecycle?
Competitive strategy is about trying to achieve some kind of advantage over competitors.
A firm may be in a position to influence the industry growth rates and the course of the life cycle.
Two main techniques for this are the following:
Pricing strategies in the introductory phase.
An innovator may decide to go for (low) penetration price and high initial growth, or for (high) skimming price and slower initial growth.
Life-cycle stretching and renewal
Firms individually or collectively may extend the life of an industry through innovation and marketing improvements.
In any event, the competitive strategy chosen will seek to take advantage of some characteristic of the entity at that stage of its lifecycle.
- Organizational Strategies
- Growth-Based (Expansion) Strategies
- Inorganic Growth
- Organic Growth
- Integration or Combination (Horizontal and Vertical)
- Asset Acquisition Strategy Definition
- Horizontal Integration - Explained
- Backward Integration - Explained
- Cooperative Strategy
- Consortium Definition
- Stability and Retrenchment Strategies
- Competitive Strategies
- Contestable Market Theory
- Value Disciplines
- Porter's Generic Strategies
- Differentiation (Strategy)
- Niche Market Strategy
- Long Tail
- Low-Cost Production
- Resource-Based View of the Firm
- Resource Dependency Theory
- Ansoff Matrix
- Customer-Centric Strategy
- Blue Ocean Strategy
- Overfished Ocean Strategy
- Hedgehog Concept (Strategy)
- Innovation Strategy
- Bleeding Edge
- 3 Horizons of Growth
- Disintermediation (Strategy)
- Strategic Alliance
- Coopetition (Strategy)
- Loss Leader Strategy
- Lean Strategy
- Game Theory Perspectives
- Functional Strategies
- Marketing Strategy
- Zero-Cost Strategy Definition
- Mobile First Strategy Definition
- Operational Strategy