Competitive Intelligence and Global Business

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David L. Blenkhorn, Craig S. Fleisher
Praeger Publishers, Jan 1, 2005 - Business & Economics - 292 pages

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the practice of gathering and analyzing information about competitors in order to gain an edge in the marketplace or by shoring up one's own company's defenses prior to an anticipated assault. The stakes are even higher in a global environment, where the potential risks and rewards are amplified. This volume explores emerging trends that affect and influence CI today, such as the impact of digital commerce, the effects of interest groups, and new laws governing the practice of CI across borders. This book illustrates how CI is conducted around the world and highlights the ways in which practicing CI globally is fundamentally different from doing so in a static, one-country context. The authors offer fresh insights and recommendations for CI specialists, strategic planners and executives, marketers and product developers, and anyone studying competition and strategy.

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the practice of gathering and analyzing information about competitors in order to gain an edge in the marketplace (for example, by anticipating their next moves and beating them to the punch) or by shoring up one's own company's defenses prior to an anticipated assault. The stakes are even higher in a global environment, where the potential risks and rewards are amplified. This volume explores emerging trends that affect and influence CI today, such as the impact of digital commerce (which enhances the speed with which products and services can be delivered around the world, as well as the speed with which competitors can surprise you), the effects of interest groups (such as those advocating environmental protections, which can tilt the playing fields), and new laws governing the practice of CI across borders.

In this book, contributions from researchers, scholars, and practitioners specializing in competitive intelligence reveal the most current practices in the field. In-depth analysis of emerging approaches to CI in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and in industries across the spectrum from pharmaceuticals to automotive supply chains, highlight the ways in which practicing CI globally is fundamentally different from doing so in a static, one-country context. The authors offer fresh insights and recommendations for CI specialists, strategic planners and executives, marketers and product developers, and anyone studying competition and strategy.

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Contents

Key Intelligence Topics KITs in Competitive Intelligence
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In Search of Best Practices in Global
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Moving from a Domestic to a Global Competitive
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DAVID L. BLENKHORN is Professor of Marketing at the School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of one book and numerous journal articles.

CRAIG S. FLEISHER holds the Odette Research Chair in the Odette School of Business and is Professor of Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is author of five books and more than 100 other publications.

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