Government as 6th Force in Porter's Five Forces

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Naveen Ahuja, India

Government as 6th Force in Porter's Five Forces

Who can give an explanation of the government factor in Porter's Five Forces? What is it? Who introduced it?


Abdur Rob, Bangladesh

Example Goverment Force in Five Forces

I can't tell you who introduced this 6th Force, but the example below can justify the reason.
Nowadays, many Governments have established regularity bodies. As an example, in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Telecom Regularity Commission (BTRC) fixed the price ceiling (BTD 0.25 - BDT 2.00) for cellular phone. This is one of the forces for the cellular operators to maintain this price range.

Alchui, Singapore

Government and 5 Forces

The Government plays the role of "Caregiver/Policeman" who regulates the economy [See Porter's Diamond of National Advantage]. Government "provides" the land space for development, upgrading and funding schools and skills, size of population and labour force, attract foreign investors, encourage entrepreunership, regulates the imports and exports, regulates the industries and its business policies, etc. The Government will "nurture" the growing industries, thus some firms/industries benefit from this force more than the others.

Dr. Uditha Liyanage, Sri Lanka


Government, the proposed sixth factor may well impact all five factors. Moreover, the 5 forces have... Sign up

Anders Nystrom, Sweden

The 6th force

I have a background in systemical thinking, the theories of sociotechnical systems. Generally to han... Sign up

K. Gopalakrishnan, India

Govt. as the 6th Force

I had modified the Five Forces of Porter with Government as the 6th Force for my pharmaceutical mana... Sign up

Stefan Guenther, Germany

Government as the 6th Force

I work in the financial industry and particularly in my field the existence and activity or non-acti... Sign up

David Paul, India

Re: Government sixth factor?

If you give a chance of reading the Book 'Only the Paranoid Survive' by Andy Grove, he explains the ... Sign up

Deb M, Singapore

Role of Government

Government Forces can either be categorized as a Business Entity like in a state control enterprise ... Sign up

Jeswan SinghPS
Engineer, Malaysia

Free Market or Controlled Economy

Porters model works well or is more suited to a free market economy where the main determinants are ... Sign up

Turnaround Manager, Netherlands

Government in Five Forces

Hi, if you believe Mr. Porter then government is not one of the forces. See this video, in which he... Sign up

Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India

Let Government Be Out of the 5 Forces Model

Governmental controls normally affect all forces and can be treated by their effect separately. Thes... Sign up

Mario A. G. Lopez, Philippines

Early Enrichments of the Original Model by Austern

Sometime in the late '80s, Porter's Harvard colleague Jim Austem located the five forces model withi... Sign up

Elliot Wood
Business Consultant, Australia

Porter's Original Article

I think in his original article on the Five Forces Porter explicitly notes that government is NOT a ... Sign up

Martyn Richard Jones

Originator of the 6th Force of the Model

According to most references, the sixth force is government or the public. Martyn Richard Jones, whi... Sign up


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