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Overview

Business Insight creates charts to describe your position in the market. The expert system evaluates your business in comparison with your competition and the market. Each graph shows areas where you excel or drag behind.

Choose any chart:
Competitive Advantage
Potential Generic Strategies
Strategic Factors
Environmental Factors
Environmental Risk Matrix
Tendency to Buy
Price Sensitivity
Product & Market Change
Industrial Decision Making
Product Life Cycle
Capacity & Propensity to Attack
Sales Volume
Product Market Profitability
Boston Consulting Group Matrix
Product Competitive Position
Industry Attractiveness
Marketing Strategy Matrix
Directional Policy Matrix
Business Risk Analysis
Market Forces
Internal Factors
 

Description of the Model
The General Electric Company, with the aid of the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey and Company, pioneered the nine cell strategic business screen illustrated here. The circle on the matrix represents your enterprise. Both axes are divided into three segments, yielding nine cells. The nine cells are grouped into three zones:

The Green Zone consists of the three cells in the upper left corner. If your enterprise falls in this zone you are in a favorable position with relatively attractive growth opportunities. This indicates a "green light" to invest in this product/service.

The Yellow Zone consists of the three diagonal cells from the lower left to the upper right. A position in the yellow zone is viewed as having medium attractiveness. Management must therefore exercise caution when making additional investments in this product/service. The suggested strategy is to seek to maintain share rather than growing or reducing share.

The Red Zone consists of the three cells in the lower right corner. A position in the red zone is not attractive. The suggested strategy is that management should begin to make plans to exit the industry.

  Characterize Your Enterprise
The vertical axis represents the industry attractiveness. The expert system will position your enterprise on the chart based upon your description of:
  • bargaining power of the buyers
  • bargaining power of the suppliers
  • internal rivalry
  • the threat of new entrants
  • the threat of substitutes
The horizontal axis represents the firm's competitive strength or ability to compete in the industry. It includes an analysis of:
  • the value and quality of the offering
  • market share
  • staying power
  • experience
You can trace through the supporting analysis and its conclusions, adjusting your input until you are satisfied your description accurately characterizes your enterprise.
Analysis of Your Enterprise Position
High Attractiveness
Strong Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to invest for growth. Consider the following strategies:
  • provide maximum investment
  • diversify
  • consolidate your position to focus your resources
  • accept moderate near-term profits to build share
High Attractiveness
Average Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to invest for growth. Consider the following strategies:
  • build selectively on strength
  • define the implications of challenging for market leadership
  • fill weaknesses to avoid vulnerability
High Attractiveness
Weak Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to opportunistically invest for earnings. However, if you can't strengthen your enterprise you should exit the market. Consider the following strategies:
  • ride with the market growth
  • seek niches or specialization
  • seek an opportunity to increase strength through acquisition
Medium Attractiveness
Strong Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to selectively invest for growth. Consider the following strategies:
  • invest heavily in selected segments,
  • establish a ceiling for the market share you wish to achieve
  • seek attractive new segments to apply strengths
Medium Attractiveness
Average Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to selectively invest for earnings. Consider the following strategies:
  • segment the market to find a more attractive position
  • make contingency plans to protect your vulnerable position
Medium Attractiveness
Weak Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to preserve for harvest. Consider the following strategies:
  • act to preserve or boost cash flow as you exit the business
  • seek an opportunistic sale
  • seek a way to increase your strengths
Low Attractiveness
Strong Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to selectively invest for earnings. Consider the following strategies:
  • defend strengths
  • shift resources to attractive segments
  • examine ways to revitalize the industry
  • time your exit by monitoring for harvest or divestment timing
Low Attractiveness
Average Competitive Position
The strategy advice for this cell is to restructure, harvest or divest. Consider the following strategies:
  • make only essential commitments
  • prepare to divest
  • shift resources to a more attractive segment
Low Attractiveness
Weak Competitive Position
The advice for this cell is to harvest or divest. You should exit the market or prune the product line.

The Circle shows your enterprise to have medium strength in an industry that has medium attractiveness. Leader, provide maximum investment for growth Growth, build selectively on strength Improve or Quit, opportunistically invest for earnings Try Harder, invest heavily in selected segments Proceed with Care, segment the market to find a more attractive position Phased Withdrawal, act to preserve or boost cash flow as you exit the business Cash Generation, shift resources to attractive segments Phased Withdrawal, make only essential commitments Withdrawal, harvest or divest

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