The Gap Between Strategic Intent and Core Capability

Competitors in an industry can be mapped according to their core capabilities and strategic intent. The matrix that results allows the strategist to determine who the most formidable competitors are as well as the weakest contenders. This framework suggests strategies about who to attack and who to avoid.

The presentation by Professor Robert Hamilton will provide the underlying conceptual basis for the use of these concepts. More importantly, it will show the graphic representation of the players in the automobile industry and allow the audience to think through the implications of the different competitive positions of the players across a 10 year timeframe. Thus, the presentation the novel graphic competitive map has real applications for current executives in their industry. A question and answer period will conclude the presentation.  Click here to register for the presentation.

What will be discussed:

  • Strategic intent - sets the vision for the organization and communicates the rewards for achieving the goals associated with this vision and inspires the organization to allocate resources appropriately to reach this desired outcome. Typically this strategic intent is a stretch, requiring the organization to rethink its priorities.
  • Core capabilities - these are the firm's competencies that are the set of differentiated skills, complementary assets and routines that provide the basis for a firm's competitive capacities and sustainable competitive advantage in their businesses.

About Professor Robert Hamilton

Professor Hamilton has extensive academic research, consulting and teaching expertise in both domestic and international arenas. His academic training includes a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, his M.B.A. degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Hamilton has been a faculty member in the Strategic Management Department at Temple University since 1981 and has won seven awards for outstanding teaching. Dr. Hamilton’s service is extensive within the University as well as outside. He has formerly served Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, President of the School of Business, Collegial Assembly and Chair of the Strategic Management Department. He served as Chair of Temple University’ Great Teacher’ Award Committee for half a decade. He is currently the faculty Co-Chair of the FSBM Planning Oversight Committee and facilitates School retreats.

Professor Hamilton teaches as part of Temple University's top ranked Executive MBA (EMBA) program.

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