Reflections on innovation

XV.6 November + December 2008
Page: 33
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TRUE TALESSome different approaches to making stuff


Authors:
Steve Portigal

Business case studies are the ultimate in reductionism: A complex business activity rooted in a specific context of people, company culture, time, and place is boiled down to a few key ideas. Consultants, designers, students, and people who read Malcolm Gladwell are especially prone to this form of simplification. Don't get me wrong¬óthese simplified stories can be helpful as touchstones. We just need to remember that they are often apocryphal archetypes more than investigative summaries. With that in mind, I propose an incomplete framework for how companies go about making stuff (products, services, miscellaneous). In characterizing this as incomplete,…




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