Using competitive intelligence in determining potential competitor strategies

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. H.E.C. de Bruyn en_US
dc.contributor.author Du Bruyn, Heyns
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-30T08:07:18Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-30T08:07:18Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-30
dc.date.submitted 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4113
dc.description M.Comm. en_US
dc.description.abstract It is critical for companies in today's competitive business environment to understand the impact and influence competitors and the external environment have on the success of their strategies and competitive advantage. Business must therefore comprehend how the strategies of competitors and forces of the external environment may affect the competitive advantage of the business. Businesses require actionable intelligence to enable them to monitor, analyse and determine the impact from external environmental forces and actions from competitors. Businesses have to develop appropriate strategies to achieve competitive advantage over competitors in their industry. The question which this study addresses, is whether businesses are able to monitor the strategies and influences from the external environment effectively. This is needed to gain a competitive advantage, and is accomplished by producing actionable intelligence utilising the competitive intelligence cycle. The purpose of the study is to determine how a business can utilise competitive intelligence in order to determine the potential strategies of competitors. To achieve these objectives, a literature study was completed on the subject matter. This study has established that the competitive intelligence function consists of tour distinct phases. Phase one determines the intelligence requirements of the end users of the intelligence. Phase two involves the collection of information. Phase three involves the analysis of the information in order to produce intelligence. Phase four disseminates the intelligence to the end users (those who requested the intelligence). Each of the four phases of the competitive intelligence cycle have been examined and discussed. Special reference and attention has been paid to the analytical techniques and tools - phase three - that id used to produce actionable intelligence. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Business intelligence en_US
dc.subject Competition en_US
dc.title Using competitive intelligence in determining potential competitor strategies en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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