Assumption in Porter's 5 Forces
Yet another major assumption of Porter's Five Forces Framework is that he views all industries as based on COMPETITION. However there are important exceptions on this view, such as for example in the automotive industry, where strong COLLABORATION between assemblers and their suppliers have turned out to be very beneficial for all parties. The same may be the case for knowledge-intensive industries, since knowledge sharing increases its overall value. Furthermore, Edward Freeman argues that the economic paradigm of competition should be replaced by the more sustainable paradigm of collaboration with stakeholders.