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BCG Matrix (Boston Consultancy Group)

BCG Matrix (Boston Consultancy Group)

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To use the chart, analysts plot a scatter graph to rank the business units (or products) on the basis of their relative market shares and growth rates.


Related models: AIDA Model7S ModelKnowledge TriangleINKSWOT AnalysisBalanced ScorecardFive ForcesBCG Matrix6W's of Corporate GrowthCRM;KondratieffCustomer PyramidProduct Life Cycle

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BCG Matrix (Boston Consultancy Group)

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To use the chart, analysts plot a scatter graph to rank the business units (or products) on the basis of their relative market shares and growth rates.

Related models: AIDA Model7S ModelKnowledge TriangleINKSWOT AnalysisBalanced ScorecardFive ForcesBCG Matrix6W's of Corporate GrowthCRM;KondratieffCustomer PyramidProduct Life Cycle

 

Cash cows are units with high market share in a slow-growing industry. These units typically generate cash in excess of the amount of cash needed to maintain the business. They are regarded as staid and boring, in a "mature" market, and every corporation would be thrilled to own as many as possible. They are to be "milked" continuously with as little investment as possible, since such investment would be wasted in an industry with low growth.

 

Dogs, more charitably called pets, are units with low market share in a mature, slow-growing industry. These units typically "break even", generating barely enough cash to maintain the business's market share. Though owning a break-even unit provides the social benefit of providing jobs and possible synergies that assist other business units, from an accounting point of view such a unit is worthless, not generating cash for the company. They depress a profitable company's return on assets ratio, used by many investors to judge how well a company is being managed. Dogs, it is thought, should be sold off.

 

Question marks (also known as problem children) are business operating in a high market growth, but having a low market share. They are a starting point for most businesses. Question marks have a potential to gain market share and become stars, and eventually cash cows when market growth slows. If question marks do not succeed in becoming a market leader, then after perhaps years of cash consumption, they will degenerate into dogs when market growth declines. Question marks must be analyzed carefully in order to determine whether they are worth the investment required to grow market share.

 

Stars are units with a high market share in a fast-growing industry. They are successful question marks and become a market leader in a high growth sector. The hope is that stars become next cash cows. Stars require high funding to fight competitions and maintain a growth rate. When growth slows, if they have been able to maintain their category leadership stars become cash cows, else they become dogs due to low relative market share

 

Related models: 

-   AIDA Model

-   7S Model

-   Knowledge Triangle

-   INK

-   SWOT Analysis

-   Balanced Scorecard

-   Five Forces

-   BCG Matrix

-   6W's of Corporate Growth

-   CRM;Kondratieff

-   Customer Pyramid

-   Product Life Cycle