My MBA didn’t seem like it was 5 years ago until I started reading this book. The amount of strategy I had known and forgotten was a little bit staggering. Eventhough my job is firmly entrenched in technology these days, this was a solid refresher on some of Porter’s best works (the Business Value Chain, Five Forces, Competition, etc…). Magretta does a very compelling job distilling the many volumes of Porter’s work down to just the parts that are important for managers. She masterfully annotates some of his older concepts with some of his newer thinking, letting you pretend that you’ve followed his work closely since the 80s.
A short list of the things I remembered I had forgotten includes: