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Competitive Advantage

This 5 page paper discusses different aspects of competitive advantage: what it is and how companies can gain a competitive advantage. Porter's description of creating a competitive advantage is offered along with very recent comments from other experts. The advantages and disadvantages of acquisitions and mergers are also discussed. One illustration is included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Competitive Advantages of Burberry

This 6 page paper looks at the different sources of competitive advantage in the luxury firm Burberry. The company, which competes using differentiation as its main source of competitive advantage, has a number of advantages including, but not limited to aspects such as brand value, internal design resources and the approaches to marketing. The paper examines the sources of competitive advantage and considers how they may be using the future. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

Human Resource Roles In The Workplace

A 6 page paper. Human resource management has changed a great deal over the last two decades. It is now more strategic and can be seen as a competitive advantage for the organization. This essay discusses a number of issues like work/life balance, flexibility, helping the parent of children with emotional problems, workplace branding, work/family border theory, boundaries, and competitive advantage. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

The Competitive Advantage of a Global Logistics Network

This 6 page report discusses setting up a global logistics network in order to gain a competitive advantage in both sales and production. Implementing a global logistics network offers significant benefits leading to increased competitive advantages. The ability to reduce the uncertainty of transportation, sales, and manufacturing by tracking the movement of goods and updating the information continuously allows any organization to better manage exceptions and problems, as well as reducing the number of production mishaps or materials allocations and supply. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Strategy and Advantage at Marriott International

A 14 page paper discussing ways in which Marriott International ensures continued competitive advantage. Marriott is one of the "quiet giants" experiencing consistent growth and perennially looks for ways to improve both customer service and competitive advantage. The company appears to be largely ignoring the trend of merger mania, quietly and consistently building its position on the basis of performing its functions exceedingly well while ensuring a loyal and long-term workforce, frequently by means of socially responsible programs good for both the company and its locations. Includes SWOT and PEST analyses. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

Can Knowledge Give a Company a Competitive Edge?

The phrase “knowledge is power” is often used and usually taken to be true. If this is correct then the use of knowledge by an organization should help create a competitive edge or competitive advantage. This 11 pages paper explores the use and development of knowledge, how it can help and uses a case study to show how knowledge can be the source of a sustainable competitive advantage. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

Dell Competitive Position

This 3 page paper considers the competitive position of Dell, looking at the competitive advantages that they have since losing their initial competitive advantage of the direct sales model. Other issues discussed include the way the firm is eating terms of the product lifecycle, the management of the supply chain and the way that diversification should take place. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

Competitive Advantage and International Trade

This 9 page paper is written in two parts. The first part explains the concept of competitive advantage and looks at how a firm may decide what form of advantage to pursue. The second part of the paper discusses advantages and challenges and strategies that may be found in international business. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

Competitive Analysis of Ryanair

This 15 page paper is based on a case study provided by the student, and examines the competitive position of Ryanair in 1999. The first part of the paper looks at the competitive advantages that the company has been able to develop, and discusses the way that value is added. Second part of the paper discusses whether or not the competitive advantages are sustainable and identifies the most likely competitor. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

Gaining Competitive Advantages

This 3 page paper looks at concept of competitive advantage and considers the way in which a firm may build the foundation to gain and then maintain a competitive advantage, looking at both cost advantage and differentiation. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

Differentiation Strategy

This 5 page paper looks at the ways in which differentiation may be used as a competitive advantage and how a strategy may be formed in order to use this advantage described by Michael Porter as one of the only two available competitive advantages. The paper looks at different types of differentiation and includes consideration of the financial implications. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

Information Technology, the Internet and Amazon

This 8 page paper considers the book store, how they currently use information technology to create a competitive advantage and how they ensure this continues. The paper then looks at the Leavitt diamond model and a stakeholder analysis, finishing with a consideration of the different nature of internet marketing when compared with the traditional bricks and mortar companies. The bibliography cites 11 sources.

Gathering Information for Business Process and System Change

A 4 page paper presenting a plan for gathering information regarding a planned system change at estate appraisal company DEF Corporation. The system the company currently uses appears to be adequate for its own needs for the present, but alteration of processes has the potential of greatly improving customer response capabilities, which in turn positively affects DEF Corporation’s competitive advantage while also increasing DEF’s productivity. The paper discusses hierarchical decomposition of the current IT system, and interviewing stakeholders using a questionnaire to ensure uniformity and completeness of response. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Competitive Advantage At Spine And Rehab Office

A 5 page paper. This essay discusses building a competitive advantage based on Prof. Urbany’s Competitive Strategy in 3 Minutes applied to a specific spine and rehab office and includes comments about using social media. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Porter’s Five Forces For Competitive Strategy

A 6 page paper. Porter updated his Five Forces and competitive Strategy paper in 2008. This essay applies Porter’s forces of competitive advantages with examples involving IT. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


This 11-page paper determines if there is any truly competitive advantage for a company that implements information technology (IT). Through a literature review, the comment is no, there is little competitive advantage for a company doing this. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Information Technology and Competitive Advantage

This 14 page paper looks at the way in which information technology may, or may not, influence or impact on the way competitive advantages are gained by discussing the statement that "Information technology [IT] does not gain an organization a competitive advantage". The bibliography cites 10 sources.


This 6-page paper focuses on the benefits of competitive advantage in the hospitality industry, and how such companies can develop and maintain competitive advantage. Examples of three institutions are provided. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Can Multi-National Enterprises Build Sustained Competitive Advantages On The Basis Of Co-Operative Structures And Strategies?

This 8 page paper looks at how multi-national corporations may use collaborations of co-operative strategies and the ways in which these might lead to competitive advantages. Different potential strategies are discussed and examples are used to assess if short and long term competitive advantages can be archived with these arrangements. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

Financial Transactions

Guillermo Furniture Store and Use of Concepts of Competitive Economic Advantage, Value and Economic Efficiency and Observing This 3 page paper is written to complement a fictitious case study provided by the student. The concepts of competitive economic advantage, value and economic efficiency and observing financial transactions are discussed in the context of Guillermo Furniture Store, describing each of the concepts and looking at how they may be useful in business decision-making. The bibliography cites 3 sources.

Changes In The Retail Music Industry

A 4 page paper that responds to four issues: how has the composition of the industry changed since 2003; what impact do stakeholders have on the industry; how to gain a competitive advantage; and whether or not a sustainable competitive advantage is possible. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Employee Management And Competitive Advantage

A 5 page paper that supports the notion that employees can be linked to a company's competitive advantage. The writer comments on the challenges in attempting to quantify the value of employees and reports two management strategies that can lead to a competitive advantage. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Is Corporate Culture and Potential Source of Competitive Advantage?

This 4 page paper looks at whether or not a strong corporate culture has the potentials to be the source of competitive advantage, and if this is the case how the culture may lead to the realization of competitive advantage. The issue is discussed with the use real world cases to illustrate points raised. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

Corporate Culture and Competitive Advantage at southwest Airlines

This 4 page paper looks at the concept of competitive advantage and considers the way that the cooperate culture at Southwest Airlines supports the competitive advantages that the airline leverages. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

Joint Ventures, Knowledge Acquisition and Strategy Theory

This 21 page paper considers different influences on sustainable competitive advantages gained as a result of knowledge acquisitions through international joint ventures. Concepts discussed include the way competitive advantages are gained, tools used to help with strategy decision making, as well as influences such as risk, culture and non rational factors. The bibliography cites 14 sources.

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