Controversies in Competitive Intelligence: The Enduring Issues

Controversies in Competitive Intelligence: The Enduring Issues

Controversies in Competitive Intelligence: The Enduring Issues

Controversies in Competitive Intelligence: The Enduring Issues

Synopsis

Chosen for their clear, direct relevance to scholars and practitioners in the volatile field of competitive intelligence, the 24 issues evaluated here represent the cutting edge of CI's most pressing concerns. Current, scholarly, pragmatic, and among the first of its kind, this book presents the heart of the field in a way that even the relatively uninitiated can grasp and quickly apply.

Excerpt

Two years can be a long time. Within the last 24 months, we've experienced the dot-com meltdown, the September 11th terrorist attack, and the onset of a long-overdue recession in North America, which is being felt around the world. It was only two years ago that we looked at the Frontiers of Managing Competitive Intelligence (Quorum Books, 2001) and attempted to identify those places where competitive intelligence (CI) was cutting across other disciplines and thereby carving new frontiers for practice and research. We were so pleased with the collaboration and feedback we received on that effort that this time we chose to take a different approach to the field, instead looking at those issues in ci that have persisted (and will likely continue to persist) for decades as the field has grown and matured—hence this book's title, Enduring Issues in Competitive Intelligence. We think the 24 unique, but not necessarily independent, chapters in this volume all will make a contribution toward constructively addressing these key issues. If we succeed, we believe this volume will make that contribution for years to come, as people revisit these issues and utilize the insights contained herein to help themselves reach a level of personal, disciplinary or organizational comfort in facing them.

We should note early on that these 24 issues are clearly not the only enduring issues facing the field of ci. Indeed, any maturing field will have dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of issues that will persist through the “maturing” years. We have chosen two dozen that we feel are particularly pertinent to our contributors and ourselves. However, we believe these issues have resonance beyond our relatively small group; in reality, we wouldn't have included here any one of the issues if it hadn't arisen frequently in discussion with practitioners, or wasn't among the agendas of leading associations in the field or in research studies or being discussed in the halls of professional meetings. We think that most ci

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