The Ansoff Growth matrix is a tool that helps firms decide their product and market growth strategy based on objective analysis of industry structure and product type. It is one of the more popular tools for strategic management analysis, in the scenario of deciding the case for a related diversification of businesses and firms, which itself is a highly risky strategic decision.

The Ansoff Matrix was modeled by Igor Ansoff.  Ansoff was primarily a mathematician and an economist par excellence and is one of the earliest strategic management guru.

While the application has been explained in details in the previous diagram, it is crucial to understand that the Ansoff Matrix is completely a framework for Market Entry Strategy. The framework attempts to minimize the risk associated with businesses attempting to enter new markets.

A major limitation of this framework is that it does not take into consideration the factor of what stage in the life cycle (PLC Curve) the “Product” is currently as, while objectively trying to analyze the best strategy for market entry.

By the way, did you read out article on the frameworks for market entry strategies

Also do you know how the internet affects Porter’s generic strategy models

By Kar

Dr. Kar works in the interface of digital transformation and data science. Professionally a professor in one of the top B-Schools of Asia and an alumni of XLRI, he has extensive experience in teaching, training, consultancy and research in reputed institutes. He is a regular contributor of Business Fundas and a frequent author in research platforms. He is widely cited as a researcher. Note: The articles authored in this blog are his personal views and does not reflect that of his affiliations.