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The term "Core Competence" was coined by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad in their 1990 article "The Core Competence of the Corporation," which was published in the Harvard Business Review. In the article, Hamel and Prahalad argued that organizations should focus on developing and leveraging their Core Competencies in order to create value for customers and achieve a sustainable Competitive Advantage. The concept of Core Competencies has since become an important part of Strategic Management theory and practice.

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The term "Core Competence" was coined by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad in their 1990 article "The Core Competence of the Corporation," which was published in the Harvard Business Review. In the article, Hamel and Prahalad argued that organizations should focus on developing and leveraging their Core Competencies in order to create value for customers and achieve a sustainable Competitive Advantage. The concept of Core Competencies has since become an important part of Strategic Management theory and practice.

A Core Competence, also called a Distinctive Capability, is a unique skill or capability that is central to an organization's operations and provides a Competitive Advantage. It is something that the organization does particularly well and that sets it apart from its competitors.

As mentioned, Core Competencies are important, because they enable an organization to create value for its customers and differentiate itself from its competitors. They can also provide a foundation for the development of new products or services and help an organization to adapt to changing market conditions.

In order to identify and develop its Core Competencies, an organization must first understand its unique strengths and capabilities, as well as the needs and preferences of its customers. This information can then be used to identify the areas where the organization can create the most value for its customers and build a Competitive Advantage.

There are many different types of Core Competencies, and the specific competencies that are considered "core" for a particular organization will depend on its industry, business model, and unique strengths & capabilities. Some examples of Core Competencies might include:

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