a generic sector
than study individual organizations, there is often a requirement to look at a
generic sector such as universities, hospitals, insurance companies,
supermarkets, or charities.
specific elements of each organization in an industry will be similar to each
other but completely different to those in another industry. For instance, the
skills of workers in car factories will be similar. However, they will be quite
different to the skills required in teaching hospitals.
looking at a
sector, the individual elements must be understood
- the type
of risks, the categories of intellectual property, the skills of people, etc.
The other issues concerning evaluation, strategy and exploitation will be less
relevant since they will be more applicable to a particular organization.
However, for specific sectors there are still trends in strategy, for instance,
manufacturers outsourcing more of their assembly processes to suppliers and
government departments using more contract staff.
a number of similar organizations are to be studied, then analyzing a sector at
the generic level first will produce a good set of questions and discussion
topics and make it much easier and quicker to analyze the individual
organizations later on.
an example - if several different museums are going to be analyzed, looking at
the generic level first, will save time later in formulating questions for
The model can serve to produce a profile for a typical organization against
which others can be compared. >>>