Hypercompetition is rapid and dynamic competition characterized by unsustainable advantage. D’Aveni, R & Gunther, R Hypercompetition – Hypercompetitive Rivalries. accessed 01/11/; D’Aveni, Richard (). ” Waking up to the New. Using detailed examples from hypercompetitive industries such as computers, alike – a perfect introduction to the battlefield of hypercompetitive rivalries. For my last strategy class at Indiana University, we read the book, “ Hypercompetitive Rivalries”, by Richard D’Aveni. The first four chapters.

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Of course, there are high- and low-end nichers in the fast-food hamburger industry, but we consider three to simplify this discussion. The cost-leadership strategy involves offering a mass-marketed, low-priced, low-quality product.

The low-cost producer may raise his price to the cost of the second- or third-low-cost producer. He presents an extensive discussion of competitor analysis and tools for analyzing the future evolution of the industry, including product life cycles and changing buyer behaviors.

Over long periods of time, companies are forced to shift their cost and price and quality positions. So McDonald’s, in response to the “have it your way” campaign, took on Burger King by offering more customization and variety without long waits, moving to M2. If the distance between D and L is large, then there will be a hole in the middle where a new entrant can make inroads or a current player can move.

He constructs a compre-hensive Thanks for telling us about the problem. When demand declines, the price war will worsen and a shakeout often occurs. The Move toward Ultimate Value Some of the new products designed to niche or outflank existing products carve out niches that overlap with those of existing competitors.

Hypercompetitive Rivalries

Industries readjust their minimum acceptable level of quality and maximum acceptable price required to be a player in the marketplace. Using detailed examples from hypercompetitive industries such as computers, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals, D’Aveni demon-strates how hypercompetitive firms succeed by disrupting the status quo and creating a continuous series of temporary advantages.

See Figure for an example of creating a new differentiator position. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!

They can provide neither higher quality nor lower hypercompetitivd. Customers can start with a Chevy and, as their income increases, move up through Pontiacs, Buicks, and Oldsmobiles to Cadillacs see Figure Melitta, for example, has found a new distribution channel by offering a custom coffeemaker as a premium for joining a Swedish coffee club.


By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. As incremental product improvements are becoming more marginal, quality differences are disappearing between brands because everyone offers high quality.

By moving the benchmark for good quality or reasonable price, they make the UV point the middle or low or high end of the price-quality continuum. Big Blue also faced competition from smaller companies that carved out niches in mainframe markets. Others freeze there for years if the firms hit the theoretical envelope for quality and cost improvement and if the firms are not very clever about how to move that envelope.

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Again, product variety enhances the quality of the firm’s overall offerings. This analysis sees the market at one point in time rather than examining how it evolves over long periods of time. Again, this restarts the cycle of cost-quality maneuvering, using the new dimensions of quality.

For example, when Mercedes entered the U. From a marketing standpoint such broad approximations leave much to be desired.

Ohmae himself cautions that competitor positions should be considered. It seems very unlikely, no matter what technological advances are made in car production, that the auto industry would become a commodity-like industry. Competitors in some industries never reach this point, hypercompehitive though they are continually moving in the direction of lower costs and higher quality.

This might be an airline that provides frequent-flier points, an automaker offering zero-percent financing, or a manufacturer who provides lower-cost replacement parts or a better delivery schedule to cut the buyer’s inventory costs. Want to Read saving…. Price may vary by retailer. Glen C rated it it was amazing Sep 06, In such cases, the small number of competitors makes it easy for firms to tacitly collude to keep prices up. Der Chao marked it as to-read Nov 17, Often a characteristic of new markets and industries, hypercompetition occurs when technologies or offerings are so new that standards and rules are in flux, resulting in competitive advantages and profits resulting from such competitive advantages cannot be sustained.


Thus, the dynamics of competitive interaction cause product price and quality to cease to be opportunities for gaining advantage over competitors. Some firms creep up or down to consume more of the market from the full-line producer.

Hypercompetitive Rivalries – Part 1 | Force and Direction

There are, for example, some interesting strategies for fighting price wars, which we consider below. Each decision thus leads to a new set of choices, and ultimately to a set of actions to boost quality or decrease cost. If one of them were to drop out of the competition, the other would gain a temporary advantage. Because of the high cost of developing the new process, Pilkington licensed the process to its competitors, and it soon became rivalties standard for the’ industry, making the flat glass industry more of a one-segment commodity market offering only low-cost, high quality flat glass.

In disguised price wars, financing, installation and givalries services, or replacement parts can be used to adjust the final price of the product hypecrompetitive or down without changing its initial offering price. Like the force of gravity, the overall process of moves and countermoves tends to draw the industry back toward a price-competitive market after all the firms focus on imitating or outmaneuvering earlier hypercompetitivve.

With its emphasis on real-world experiences of corporate rivalres, this abridged paperback edition of D’Aveni’s masterwork will be essential reading for scholars and managers alike – a perfect introduction to the battlefield of hypercompetitive rivalries. Mark Vance rated it it was amazing Aug 15, They can do this by shifting competition to cost leadership or differentiation again, redefining perceived quality, switching from products to service, masscustomizing, extending product lines, or moving into a completely new industry or niche.

Refresh and try again. Rivalriew rated it really liked it Mar 10, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This leads to the next dynamic strategic interaction: They become, however, necessities for survival.

Perceived quality is noted in this figure for illustrative purposes rather than as a reflection of a formal evaluation of consumer perceptions.