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Blue Ocean Strategy Tools

Strategy Canvas

Strategy Canvas

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The strategy canvas is a central diagnostic tool and an action framework developed by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne for building a compelling blue ocean strategy. It graphically captures, in one simple picture, the current strategic landscape and the future prospects for a company.

The strategy canvas serves two purposes:

  • To capture the current state of play in the known market space, which allows users to clearly see the factors that the industry competes on and where the competition currently invests
  • To propel users to action by reorienting their focus from competitors to alternatives and from customers to noncustomers of the industry

The horizontal axis on the strategy canvas captures the range of factors that an industry competes on and invests in, while the vertical axis captures the offering level that buyers receive across all of these key competing factors.

The value curve or strategic profile is the basic component of the strategy canvas. It is a graphic depiction of a company’s relative performance across its industry’s factors of competition. A strong value curve has focus, divergence as well as a compelling tagline.

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W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne created a comprehensive set of analytic tools and frameworks any organization can apply to create new market spaces and make the competition irrelevant.

Blue ocean strategy tools, methodologies and frameworks bring structure to what has historically been an unstructured problem in strategy – informing organizations’ ability to create new market spaces systematically. With blue ocean strategy tools and analytics, companies can now pursue and create blue oceans of uncontested market space in an opportunity-maximizing, risk-minimizing way. The best way to beat the competition is to stop trying to beat the competition.

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Red Ocean vs. Blue Ocean Strategy
Value Innovation
Visualizing Strategy
Strategy Canvas
Four Actions Framework
ERRC Grid
Six Paths Framework
Pioneer Migrator Settler Map
Three Tiers of Noncustomers
Sequence of Blue Ocean Strategy
Buyer Utility Map
Price Corridor
of the Mass
Four Hurdles to Strategy Execution
Tipping Point Leadership
Fair Process