BCG Matrix Vs. Ansoff Matrix

Both matrices help organizations assess how to build their product portfolio. The BCG Matrix focuses on creating a success sequence, where new products can be turned into stars (high growth and high market shares products) and cash cows in the longer term (high market shares, low margin industries). The Ansoff matrix assesses how to build a product portfolio based on whether to work on existing/new products or existing/new markets.

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In the 1970s, Bruce D. Henderson, founder of the Boston Consulting Group, came up with The Product Portfolio (aka BCG Matrix, or Growth-share Matrix), which would look at a successful business product portfolio based on potential growth and market shares. It divided products into four main categories: cash cows, pets (dogs), question marks, and stars.
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You can use the Ansoff Matrix as a strategic framework to understand what growth strategy is more suited based on the market context. Developed by mathematician and business manager Igor Ansoff, it assumes a growth strategy can be derived by whether the market is new or existing, and the product is new or existing.

Read Next: BCG Matrix, Ansoff Matrix.

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