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Changing Patterns of International Competition | Study Guide

Michael E. Porter

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Michael E. Porter

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At a Glance

Michael E. Porter examines how competition in the marketplace has grown increasingly international in the essay "Changing Patterns of International Competition." Porter discusses the history of international competition by distinguishing between multidomestic industries and global industries. Multidomestics are multinational industries where each facility in a firm operates independently from other facilities. A global industry is one in which a firm operates from a home base and all other facilities operate synergistically. Porter also focuses on how businesses in Japan, the United States, and Europe have handled the changing worldwide marketplace. "Changing Patterns of International Competition" was published by the California Management Review in the winter of 1986.

Perspective and Narrator

"Changing Patterns of International Competition" is told in the third person by economist and professor Michael E. Porter.

About the Title

"Changing Patterns of International Competition" describes the dynamic and always fluctuating patterns that dominate international competition. The phrase "changing patterns" emphasizes the idea that businesses will continually need to adapt in order to stay competitive.


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