What is Blue Ocean Shift?

BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is the definitive guide to shift you, your team, and your organization
to new heights of confidence, market creation, and growth.

BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is an indispensable and much anticipated follow up to Blue Ocean Strategy, the classic and 3.6 million copy global bestseller by world-renowned professors Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. Whether you are a cash-strapped startup, nonprofit or a large, established company with bureaucratic obstacles, BLUE OCEAN SHIFT will show you how to move from red oceans crowded with competition to blue oceans of uncontested market space and explosive growth.

In 2005, world-renowned professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne changed the international business landscape forever with their 100+ week international bestseller Blue Ocean Strategy, which would go on to sell more than 3.6 million copies, be translated into 44 different languages, and start a dynamic movement. Now, after another decade of extensive research, Kim and Mauborgne are ready to change the course of the conversation once again.

As leaders and managers around the world adopted their theory and began to radically rethink their business strategies, many found that they were stuck in a red ocean. They were unsure of how to start the process of moving to blue waters, which would often require getting the members of their team to buy into a concept that directly conflicted with the long-established rules of their industries. Entrepreneurs were looking for concrete steps and a systematic process they could follow to create and capture blue oceans at minimal risk.

In BLUE OCEAN SHIFT Kim and Mauborgne meet this new challenge head-on by analyzing and comparing the successes and failures of blue ocean projects across the globe that have sprung out of the movement they began nearly 30 years ago. In a variety of sectors from business- to-customer and business-to-business, to public, nonprofit, and governments, Kim and Mauborgne developed a concise understanding of the process of new market creation and growth that unlocks people’s creativity as much as their confidence to act.

With a systematic five-step approach that incorporates insights into human psychology to build people’s confidence to succeed, BLUE OCEAN SHIFT first sets out to help you find the right starting point and construct the best possible team. Next, Kim and Mauborgne offer market-creating tools to help your company better understand where it is and where it could venture to seize new growth. They then assist you in reimagining your market boundaries, and developing and choosing your “blue ocean move.” Finally, they show ways for testing and eventually launching the most successful BLUE OCEAN SHIFT.

Brimming with battle-tested lessons, BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is critical reading for leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone committed to building a vibrant future, empowering you to succeed as you embark on your own blue ocean journey.

 

In BLUE OCEAN SHIFT you’ll learn:

  • WHY focusing on competing misses huge growth opportunities and HOW to expand your thinking on strategy beyond competing
  • WHY thinking creative destruction and disruption as sources of innovation is limiting and HOW you can grow through nondisruptive creation
  • HOW anyone in any organization can move from red to blue oceans with BLUE OCEAN SHIFT’s systematic five-step process—not just entrepreneurs
  • WHY people’s confidence is essential to create and execute your growth strategy and HOW to build it
  • WHY you should not build your growth strategy based on existing environmental and industry conditions and HOW you can shape them in your favor for growth

“Kim and Mauborgne have followed one blockbuster book with another. BLUE OCEAN SHIFT takes the groundbreaking principles of their original work and offers a smart, systematic plan to help any organization move from competing in existing markets to creating new markets altogether. You needn’t be an entrepreneur or techy to take advantages of these insights. You just have to be willing to challenge the assumptions of your industry, ask fresh questions, and—get this—embrace your humanness.” —DANIEL H. PINK,
New York Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human
“The challenge of any business is to grow in markets that are crowded and competitive, and to do it in a way that is intelligent, effective, and humane. In BLUE OCEAN SHIFT, you will find all of that and more as Kim and Mauborgne guide you on a journey that will open your eyes to the untapped growth opportunities in your business, whether you are a startup, small business, or a Fortune 500 company.” —RAM CHARAN,
CEO and board advisor, New York Times bestselling author of Execution

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