This article examines the core competencies of twelve leading multinational companies. It explores their skills, as they were developed and how they shift over time. Successful businesses rely on three types of competencies: superior technological know-how, reliable processes and close external relationships. Various approaches are required in order to develop any type of expertise. While these companies have left in the past, technological know-how, reliable processes, they are pla … Read more »

This article examines the core competencies of twelve leading multinational companies. It explores their skills, as they were developed and how they shift over time. Successful businesses rely on three types of competencies: superior technological know-how, reliable processes and close external relationships. Various approaches are required in order to develop any type of expertise. While these companies have left in the past, technological know-how, reliable processes, they plan to include more external relationships for the future. External relations help these companies to strengthen and expand their traditional skills while responding to the demands of globalization, mass customization, improved quality and rapid technological change.
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Briance Mascarenhas
Alok Baveja,
Mamnoon Jamil
Source: California Management Review
17 pages.
Release Date: 1 July 1998. Prod #: CMR128-PDF-ENG
Dynamics of core competencies in leading multinational companies HBR case solution