Reply to MCFC’s Competitive Advantage Discussion 2

Reply to MCFC’s Competitive Advantage Discussion 2

Q – Please read the discussion below and prepare a Reply to this discussion with comments that further and advance the discussion topic.

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MCFC’s Competitive Advantage

MCFC’s rise to prominence was largely catalyzed by the 2008 acquisition by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Key elements fueling their competitive advantage include:

  • Financial Resources: Mansour’s substantial wealth allowed massive investment in player acquisition, infrastructure development, and top-tier coaching staff. This created an immediate advantage in attracting and developing talent.
  • Strategic Vision: Mansour’s vision extended beyond simply winning; he aimed to transform MCFC into a global football powerhouse with both sporting and commercial success.
  • Brand Development: Focused marketing and outreach efforts elevated MCFC’s brand recognition far beyond its traditional Manchester fanbase. This paved the way for increased revenue and global expansion.

Diversification Creating Value

MCFC’s diversification under City Football Group (CFG) created value in several ways:

  • Global Footprint: Acquiring stakes in clubs across continents (e.g., New York City FC, Melbourne City FC) broadened MCFC’s reach. This provided a wider talent pool, new markets for merchandise, and increased brand visibility.
  • Knowledge Sharing: CFG established systems for sharing coaching expertise, scouting networks, and training methodologies across its network of clubs. This enhanced talent development and created competitive advantages for individual teams.
  • Economies of Scope: The centralized management of CFG likely led to cost savings across administrative functions like marketing, legal services, and player development infrastructure.

Diversification Challenges

Not all diversification efforts yielded equal success:

  • Varying Market Success: Some CFG clubs have thrived more than others, likely due to differences in the local football landscape, fan culture, and competitive intensity across continents.
  • Limits of Centralization: While knowledge sharing is beneficial, local adaptability is crucial in the football world. A balance between CFG-wide standardization and market-specific tailoring is likely necessary.
  • Potential Brand Dilution: There’s a risk that the MCFC brand could become less distinctive if heavily associated with numerous smaller clubs, potentially hindering its premium appeal.

Resources, Capabilities, and Diversification

MCFC’s core resources and capabilities influenced their diversification strategy in these key ways:

  • Financial Strength: Backing from Mansour meant MCFC could pursue ambitious expansion plans with relative financial security.
  • Football Expertise: MCFC’s existing capabilities in player development, scouting, and coaching formed the foundation for replicating success with their network of clubs.
  • Management Systems: CFG’s ability to create a centralized management structure was vital to coordinate resources and knowledge across their global network.

Key Concepts from Grant

  • Related vs. Unrelated Diversification: MCFC’s primary diversification is related (sports/entertainment), but with significant geographic diversification.
  • Economies of Scope: A key driver behind MCFC’s strategysharing expertise, talent, and resources for increased efficiency.
  • Parenting Advantage: CFG aims to be an effective “parent,” providing resources and capabilities its member clubs couldn’t access alone.
  • Corporate Governance: The challenge of managing multiple clubs, maintaining quality control, and aligning the interests of stakeholders across the network is a complex governance issue.


  • Grant, R. M. (2016). Contemporary strategy analysis (11th ed.). John Wiley & Sons.