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Industries are composed of two types of markets: highly competitive ones – the red oceans, and untapped market places – the blue oceans

Industries are composed of two types of markets: highly competitive ones – the red oceans, and untapped market places – the blue oceans Industries are composed of two types of markets: highly competitive ones – the red oceans, and untapped market places – the blue oceans
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Blue Ocean Strategy
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(…) imagine a market universe composed of two sorts of oceans: red oceans and blue oceans. Red oceans represent all the industries in existence today. This is the known market space. Blue oceans denote all the industries not in existence today. This is the unknown market space. In the red oceans, industry boundaries are defined and accepted, and the competitive rules of the game are known.Here, companies try to outperform their rivals to grab a greater share of existing demand. As the market space gets crowded, prospects for profits and growth are reduced. Products become commodities, and cutthroat competition turns the red ocean bloody. Blue oceans, in contrast, are defined by untapped market space, demand creation, and the opportunity for highly profitable growth. Although some blue oceans are created well beyond existing industry boundaries, most are created from within red oceans by expanding existing industry boundaries (…). In blue oceans, competition is irrelevant because the rules of the game are waiting to be set.

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