Summary of Competitive Value Management

Achieving competitive advantages using a Finance Intelligence Radar

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Competitive Value Management book summary
Are you fed up with fruitless budget discussions? Look to the market for strategic planning instead.


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In his book, Hermann J. Stern identifies the weaknesses of traditional market analysis, and financial and strategic planning. He drafts a convincing alternative to budget-based management. His analysis and planning processes are largely well-known but the author subordinates them to one goal: increasing the value of the company. Alongside his explanations, he throws in guest contributions and interviews with renowned finance experts to add insight into the practice of value-based management. He includes case studies in every single chapter to provide – much needed – illustration of the theories and models. getAbstract finds this demanding yet information-laden book extremely useful for CEOs and directors, and especially for decision makers in the finance and strategy sectors. Why? Simply because it can help you increase the value of your company considerably.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How you can gain information about your company’s performance by comparing it with peer companies
  • How to calculate value added
  • How you set up an “acquisition radar”
  • How you can neatly present several performance figures at once


Moving from Budgets to Value Management
Today’s companies should heed this motto: “Don’t beat the budget; beat the competition.” However, more than likely, your company also takes part in the yearly ritual of tedious budget negotiations. After all, budgets do not only determine objectives...
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About the Author

Hermann J. Stern is manager of the CFO Intelligence Force Obermatt. The Swiss organization specializes in value and risk analysis for finance experts and decision makers. He received his Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen, and worked as CFO for a leading telecommunication provider in Switzerland and as financial manager for a computer company. He is author of The Value Cockpit and several other books.

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