Five Forces Analysis / Framework


The concept provides a summary of Porter's Five Forces model and describes how it is used in practice for analysing the industry’s competitive environment.

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Five Forces Analysis / Framework

Five Forces Analysis / Framework Definition

The Five Forces Analysis is a model for analysing an industry’s competitive environment. In all industries, the nature and rules of competition are embodied in a five forces framework (FFF): (1) the threat of new entrants, (2) the threat of substitutes, (3) the bargaining power of suppliers, (4) the bargaining power of buyers, and (5) the rivalry amongst existing competitors. The combination of these forces determines industry profitability (Porter, 1980, 1985, 1990).

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  • Davies, H. and Ellis, P. (2000) Porter's Competitive Advantage of Nations: Time for Final Judgement? Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 37(8), pp. 1189-1213.
  • Dunning, J. (1993) Internationalising Porter's Diamond. Management International Review, Vol. 33(2), p. 715.
  • Hawawini, G., Subramanian, V. and Verdin, P. (2003) Is Performance Driven by Industry-or Firm Specific Factors? A New Look at the Evidence. Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 24(1), pp.1-16.
  • Hill, C.W.L. and Jones, G.R. (2008) Strategic Management: An Integrated Approach. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.

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