30. August 2011
Source: The Guardian
Steve Jobs rescued Apple from near oblivion and turned it into a byword for quality, production values and beauty
Steve Jobs in his Los Angeles office in 1981, five years after he co-founded Apple. Photograph: Tony Korody/Corbis
Steve Jobs’s resignation was the most discussed in corporate history. Because his illness has been public knowledge for so long, and because Wall Street and the commentariat viewed his health as being synonymous with that of his company, for years Apple share prices have fluctuated with its CEO’s temperature. If all the “Whither Apple without Jobs?” articles were laid end to end, they would cover quite a distance – but they never reached a conclusion.
Still, you could understand the hysteria. After all, he’s the man who rescued Apple from the near-death experience it underwent in the mid-1990s. When he came back in 1996, the company seemed headed for oblivion. Granted, it was a distinctive, quirky outfit, but one that had been run into the ground by mediocre executives who had no vision, no strategy – and no operating system to power its products into the future. Read the rest of this entry »
11. August 2011
Source: The Economist: Schumpeter
Clay Christensen lays down some rules for innovators. But can innovation be learned?
INNOVATION is today’s equivalent of the Holy Grail. Rich-world governments see it as a way of staving off stagnation. Poor governments see it as a way of speeding up growth. And businesspeople everywhere see it as the key to survival.
Which makes Clay Christensen the closest thing we have to Sir Galahad. Fourteen years ago Mr Christensen, a knight of the Harvard Business School, revolutionised the study of the subject with “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, a book that popularised the term “disruptive innovation”. This month he publishes a new study, “The Innovator’s DNA”, co-written with Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen, which tries to take us inside the minds of successful innovators. How do they go about their business? How do they differ from regular suits? And what can companies learn from their mental habits? Mr Christensen and his colleagues list five habits of mind that characterise disruptive innovators: associating, questioning, observing, networking and experimenting. Innovators excel at connecting seemingly unconnected things. Read the rest of this entry »
7. August 2011
Source: International Business Times
For corporations, people are becoming a redundancy. Reliance on technology to reduce costs and increase efficiency is a corporate trend that has contributed to high unemployment rates. An International Business Times article reports the trend is expanding into areas often blamed for jobs lost in the developed world: the world of finance and outsourcing to China. HSBC Bank and Foxconn, the maker of Apple’s iPad, are investing in robots to replace workers, by 30,000 and 1 million, respectively. “We used to talk about the great work-place shift that would occur one day because of technology as something for the future,” writes David Magee. “But it’s no longer the future.” Profitable companies are investing profits in technology rather than labor, and Magee adds, “Workers who don’t evolve, finding a niche among such technological advancement with proper training, will be left behind – standing in a very long unemployment line.” Education, understanding fast-changing technology, is increasingly essential for securing employment in the modern workplace. – YaleGlobal Read the rest of this entry »