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>> Determining the strength of a value chain is entirely subjective but well worth looking at.<<

It is "entirely subjective" -- that is the answer that I was afraid that I would get!!

>> I think the best way to appreciate the strength of a company's value chain or the potential of a currently weak chain that might become stronger over time is to first examine the value chains of Intel, Cisco and/or Microsoft. Once you understand how the strongest of the strong ones have worked so well for so long, you begin to get a good idea about how value chains currently forming inure to the gorilla's benefit.<<

That is a good suggestion and I will try to do that again.

>>I don't remember where I read it in the book, but I think of the value chain defined as the following: the customers, vendors and third-party providers who do everything reasonably possible to ensure the success of the gorilla's product because their own success depends on the success of the gorilla.<<

I agree with that, but I had hoped to find some way of analysing it.

>>For a more thorough discussion of how the valuation chain fosters gorilla power, check out pages 48-51 in the revised version of the book.<<

I have reread and understand that section, but still am not able to do what I want to do!

Thanks for your response.

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