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Friday, 8 April 2011

Back to the Past (not the Future) Again, Google even

In other words, history repeats?

Why do so many of Slacy's recommendations to Larry Page suggest the reality inside Google is a growing creeping organisational sclerosis? (Slacy's Blog)

Slacy provides a quite comprehensive list of problems and recommendations, many of which stem from the problems of success (i.e. scale issues, complicated interdependent products, a growing need for communication and understanding but size itself becomes the obstacle).

Are innovative organisations inherently self limiting? Is there a certain inevitability to Christensen's idea of the innovator's dilemma, that one organisation cannot be all things to all product or service innovation and delivery? Time to spawn independent subsidiaries maypaps?


Christensen, C. M. (1997) The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Harvard Business School Press.