If You Want To Win You Need To Define Where To Play

Ed Burghard


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Have you ever tried to define “Where to Play” for your community?  If you have, you know it is often a real challenge.  The answer is typically defined based on industries (NAICs).  To help you make the best “Where to Play” choices, I am sharing a set of questions to should seek answers to.



Quick Read Executive Summary

  • What are the key parameters of the industry?
  • Who is winning and who is losing?
  • What factors are driving the industry?
  • What factors are constraining the industry?
  • What are the development activities of note in the industry?
  • What do the experts say about the industry?
  • What key challenges and opportunities remain?
Understand the underlying market structure Key sub-industries

  • How is the industry structured globally?
  • What are the growing sub-industries and why?
  • What are the declining sub-industries and why?
  • Which countries are making the best progress and why?
  • Which companies are making the best progress and why?
Understand your current competition
  • Which communities are making progress and with whom?
  • What are the strengths of the top communities in this industry?
Understand what companies in the industry are looking for
  • How are capital investment decisions made in this industry?
  • What are the key decision criteria for capital investors in this industry?
Understand how your community stacks up against the competition for capital investment in this industry
  • What are the points of difference (+/-) your community brings to the table versus real competition?
  • What are the pros/cons of your community for attracting capital investment in this industry?
Understand what deals may be on the horizon
  • Which companies in this industry may be looking at making a meaningful capital investment and why?
  • Who are the likely decision makers?
  • What are the key decision criteria?
  • What is the likely “size of prize”?
Understand where the industry is going and where the future opportunities will come from
  • What is the mid and long-range forecast for this industry?
  • What are the emerging trends that add either attractiveness or risk?
  • What are the barriers to out sourcing?
  • Which communities have the best chance of competing for capital investment in this industry and why?


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