Companies made more than 42,000 alliances over the past decade worldwide, many of which failed to deliver strong results. This book explains why and how you can seize the benefits from your business’s network of alliances with customers, suppliers and competitors.
This network can provide three key advantages:
· superior information
· better cooperation
· increased power
Network Advantage shows how awareness of these three advantages can help align your portfolio of alliances with your corporate strategy to maximize advantages from existing networks and to position your business as an industry leader.
This book is written by three leading authorities in the field of organizational management who work with many international corporate clients. Based on groundbreaking research and illustrative cases, it provides practical tools to help you think strategically about reconfiguring your alliances and partnerships. For business executives, consultants, and executive MBAs who want to get the most advantage from the combined power of their alliance portfolios, Network Advantage offers in-depth, practical guidance. Make it your first strategic connection to gaining competitive advantage!
Companies’ connections to other firms—their network of alliances—matter for economic success. In this practical, jargon-free, evidence-based book, three experienced scholar/educators provide practical tools to understand your company’s network positioning and what to do to build webs of relationships that provide competitive advantage and economic value.
—Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and co-author of The Knowing-Doing Gap.
The book, Network Advantage, presents compelling ideas and is a must-read. It articulates three different perspectives to think about a firm’s network advantage and shows how a firm can maximize the value of its alliance network. The book is filled with theoretical and practical insights on the topic and offers captivating case studies to illustrate its key points. It is fun to read. I highly recommend this book.
—W. Chan Kim, The BCG Chair Professor of INSEAD and the Co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute
In this eminently researched book, the authors show how executives and entrepreneurs alike can unlock the value of alliances. And the book comes with some "secrets" to success that most managers overlook. Every CEO, executive and entrepreneur who are collaborating with other firms ought to read this book.
—Morten T. Hansen, Professor at University of California at Berkeley, author of Collaboration and co-author of Great by Choice.
Don’t compete alone! “Network Advantage” provides a fresh perspective on how all firms can benefit from their alliances and partnerships. The authors seamlessly integrate academic research and real life examples into a practical step by step guide for unleashing the power, information and cooperation advantages available in networks. A must read for thoughtful executives and entrepreneurs alike.
—Stein Ove Fenne, President, Tupperware U.S. & Canada
Having the "right" business network is everything for a company's success in Asia and worldwide. With its rich cases and practical tools, this book is an indispensable guide for a thoughtful executive on how to design, build and manage a network that will make your firm globally competitive.
—Yong-Kyung Lee, Former CEO of Ko
Table of Contents
Introduction All Roads Lead to London 1
Chapter 1 Network Advantage: Making the Stealth Bomber 23
Chapter 2 Comparing Network Advantage: Sony versus Samsung 49
Chapter 3 The First-Degree Perspective: Strengthening the Foundation of Network Advantage 73
Chapter 4 The Second-Degree Perspective: Understanding the Alliance Portfolio Configurations that Deliver Network Advantage 91
Chapter 5 Evaluating and Changing Your Alliance Portfolio Configuration 117
Chapter 6 The Third-Degree Perspective: Achieving the Status Advantage 143
Chapter 7 Assessing and Increasing Your Status: Extracting Energy from Waves 171
Chapter 8 Maximizing Network Advantage: Designing Your Alliance Portfolio Strategy 189
Chapter 9 Recognizing Patterns: Two Alliance Portfolio-Building Styles 207
Chapter 10 Management Practices to Sustain Network Advantage 225
Appendix One About Our Research 249
Appendix Two The Toolbox 257
Appendix Three Directory of Company Names 289