Porter Workshop with Foresight Cards

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Porter analysis

This workshop requires one or multiple packages Foresight Cards – STEEP edition.
Please read the following guidelines before starting.

Purpose
To create a better insight into market conditions
Field
Business, personal and political fields

Supporting Cards: Patterns of change

Method 1: Basic Porter 5-forces analysis

Players: 2 to 12 | Duration: 30 – 120 minutes | Level: 3 (out of 5)

Requirements
– A large surface to place a porter 5 forces model and the relevant cards.

Step
1. Select a market that you would like to discuss and explore (e.g. the mountain bike industry in Norway). Write the selected market down on a post-it note and place it in the center of the table.
2. Draw five sections/forces around the market:
– “Threat of new competition”
– “Threat of substitute products or services”
– “Bargaining power of buyers”
– “Bargaining power of suppliers”
– “Intensity of competitive rivalry”

3. Divide the group into smaller teams and allocate each team at least one section/force.
4. Look at the selected market from the perspective of your assigned section/force (e.g. “bargaining power of buyers”) and describe the current market situation. Write down the results on post-it notes and place them in the corresponding section/force.
5. Discuss each team’s result as a group. Reach a consensus about which post-it notes are the most applicable to the current situation.
6. You should now have a complete overview of the current market situation in relation to the 5 Porter forces.
7. Divide the group again into smaller teams and and allocate each team at least one section/force.
8. It’s is preferable to use one package of STEEP cards for each section/force (you can use one package for all of the sections/forces however it’s possible that some cards will be applicable to multiple sections/forces).
9. For each section/force:
– Select cards that influence the sections/force and place them in the relevant section/force.
– Discuss and reach a consensus about how the section/force is affected by this card (you could use the patterns of change card as a starting point for your discussion).
– Write down the result on a separate piece of paper and place it next tot the card.

10. You should now have a complete overview of the current porter 5 forces market situation along with the relevant STEEP external forces and influencing factors.
11. Discuss each team’s result as a group. Use the insights to develop or adjust your market strategies.

Options
– After positioning the STEEP cards add additional market forces of your own choice that are relevant to the market.