Background Note | HBS Case Collection | December 2006 (Revised August 2007)

Understanding Industry Structure

by Michael E. Porter


Examines the structural determinants of industry attractiveness (the Five Forces framework) and the implications of industry structure for strategy.

Keywords: Five Forces Framework; Industry Structures; Competitive Strategy;


Porter, Michael E. "Understanding Industry Structure." Harvard Business School Background Note 707-493, December 2006. (Revised August 2007.)