DescriptionWhy is it that Casio can sell a calculator more cheaply than Kellogg's can sell a box of corn flakes? Why can FedEx "absolutely, positively" deliver your package overnight but airlines have trouble keeping track of your bags? Why does Lands' End remember your last order and even your family's clothing sizes but after ten years of membership American Express still solicits you to join? How is it that some companies are reinventing competition in their markets while others are seemingly oblivious to the changing world around them? These are the questions that authors Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema explore in their groundbreaking book, The Discipline of Market Leaders, from the same consulting firm that brought you business reengineering. The answers provide a revolutionary way of thinking about customers, competition, markets, and the fundamental structure of your organization. The authors' thesis is deceptively simple: that successful organizations - the market leaders - excel at delivering one type of value to their chosen customers. The key is focus. Market leaders choose a single "value discipline" - best total cost, best product, or best total solution - and then build their organization around it. They sustain their leadership position not by resting on their laurels, but by offering better value year after year. Choosing one discipline to master does not mean abandoning the other two, only that a company must stake its reputation - and focus its energy and assets - on a single one to achieve success over the long term. No company can reliably succeed today by trying to be all things to all customers. Through detailed case studies of some of the world's best-known companies, TheDiscipline of Market Leaders examines the implications of each discipline from an operating standpoint, offering step-by-step guidance on choosing and implementing the right one. Each discipline demands a distinct organizational model with its own structure, processes, information
Basic Books (AZ)
January 10, 1997
5.3 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author
Michael Treacy is the President and founder of Treacy & Company. He is the author of Double Digit Growth: How Companies Achieve It No Matter What and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Formerly a Professor of Management at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Treacy has a PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an engineering degree from the University of Toronto. Fred Wiersema is a business strategist and the author of The New Market Leaders: Who's Winning and How in the Battle for Customers, among other books. He received his PhD in business administration from Harvard.