Strategy and the “Business Portfolio“

  • B. Hedley


All except the smallest and simplest companies comprise more than one business. Even when a company operates within a single broad business area, analysis normally reveals that it is, in practice, involved in a number of product-market segments which are distinct economically. These must be considered separately for purposes of strategy development.


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  1. [1]
    A number of discussions of the business portfolio concept have appeared previously at various times in publications by The Boston Consulting Group. These include: Perspectives, The Product Portfolio, 1970; Commentary, Growth and Financial Strategies, 1971; Perspectives, The Growth Share Matrix, 1973.Google Scholar
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    The Boston Consulting Group Ltd.: Strategy Alternatives for the British Motorcycle Industry. A Report prepared for the Secretary of State for Industry, HMSO, 1975.Google Scholar

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