Build, Borrow, or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma

Build, Borrow, or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma

by Laurence Capron, Will Mitchell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422143711
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 847,619
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Laurence Capron is the Paul Desmarais Chaired Professor of Partnership and Active Ownership at INSEAD and director of the INSEAD executive education program on M&A and corporate strategy. Will Mitchell holds the Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and is the J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Two Funerals and a Wedding 1

1 The Resource Pathways Framework 11

2 When to Build: Internal Development Versus External Sourcing 35

3 When to Borrow via Contract: Basic Contract Versus Alliance 67

4 When to Borrow via Alliance: Alliance Versus Acquisition 93

5 When to Buy: Acquisition Versus Alternatives 119

6 Realigning Your Resource Portfolio 153

7 Developing Your Enterprise Selection Capability 177

Appendix A The Resource Pathways Framework: Full Model 203

Appendix B The Authors' Research Program 205

References 211

Index 221

About the Authors 243

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Build, Borrow, or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Strategy_consultant More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read. The two authors, Laurence Capron (from MIT and INSEAD) and Will Mitchell (from Duke and Toronto) are top scholars in their field. Instead of advocating any particular corporate strategy (acquisitions, internal development, alliances), this book shows that successful companies are able to select the right mode of growth, not just excel at a particular mode. This books offers a solid structure and I found the mix of examples (from different industries, around the world), to be really helpful. Recommended for MBAs interested in a corporate strategy career and for executives who are thinking about how to grow their business.