The Rule of Three: Surviving and Thriving in Competitive Markets

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Name any industry and more likely than not you will find that the three strongest, most efficient companies control 70 to 90 percent of the market. Here are just a few examples:


  • McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's
  • General Mills, Kellogg, and Post
  • Nike, Adidas, and Reebok
  • Bank of America, Chase Manhattan, and Banc One
  • American, United, and Delta
  • Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb


Based on extensive studies of market forces, the distinguished business school strategists and corporate advisers Jagdish Sheth and Rajendra Sisodia show that natural competitive forces shape the vast majority of companies under "the rule of three." This stunning new concept has powerful strategic implications for businesses large and small alike.

Drawing on years of research covering hundreds of industries both local and global, The Rule of Three documents the evolution of markets into two complementary sectors -- generalists, which cater to a large, mainstream group of customers; and specialists, which satisfy the needs of customers at both the high and low ends of the market. Any company caught in the middle ("the ditch") is likely to be swallowed up or destroyed. Sheth and Sisodia show how most markets resemble a shopping mall with specialty shops anchored by large stores. Drawing wisdom from these markets, The Rule of Three offers counterintuitive insights, with suggested strategies for the "Big 3" players, as well as for mid-sized companies that may want to mount a challenge and for specialists striving to flourish in the shadow of industry giants. The book explains how to recognize signs of market disruptions that can result in serious reversals and upheavals for companies caught unprepared. Such disruptions include new technologies, regulatory shifts, innovations in distribution and packaging, demographic and cultural shifts, and venture capital as well as other forms of investor funding.

Years in the making and sweeping in scope, The Rule of Three provides authoritative, research-based insights into market dynamics that no business manager should be without.

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The Rule of Three, by Jagdish Sheth and Rajendra Sisodia, offers an innovative take on corporate development that could help leaders put their own operations into a new context that improves competitive strategies and boosts market performance. Sheth and Sisodia, consultants and marketing professors, base it on their contention that just three major players ultimately emerge in all markets--such as ExxonMobil, Texaco, and Chevron in petroleum, and Gerber, Beech-Nut, and Heinz in baby foods. These giant "full-line generalists" are eventually surrounded by smaller "specialists" who successfully concentrate on niche products (such as high-end audio gear) or niche markets (like fashions for professional women), along with midsized "ditch-dwellers" who struggle to reach an audience in between (like second-tier airlines that compete with goliaths on price and regionals on service). The authors examine this pattern of market evolution and the "radical disruption" that can occur when technology or regulation changes or a new entry "succeeds in altering the rules" (as Starbucks did by sneaking up on coffee's Big Three). Appendices present helpful examples of the way this has shaken out in various industries. --Howard Rothman

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Jagdish Sheth, Ph.D, teaches at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, where he is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of market strategy. He has been a strategy adviser to many prominent companies for over thirty years, including AT&T, Bell South, Cox Communications, Ford, General Motors, Motorola, Nortel, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool, Young & Rubicam, and dozens of other major organizations. Dr. Sheth serves as corporate director of Norstan, PacWest, and Wipro. He is the co-author of Clients for Life, and author of several other books. He is internationally known for his intellectual insight in the areas of market strategies, global competition, strategic thinking, and customer relationship management. He is the founder of the Center for Telecommunications Management at the University of Southern California and the Center for Relationship Management at Emory University. Dr. Sheth is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and the International Engineering Consortium. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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