what these four thinkers [Oliver Wendell Holmes, William James, Charles S. Pierce, and John Dewey] had in common was not a group of ideas, but a single idea—an idea about ideas. They all believed that ideas are not “out there” waiting to be discovered, but are tools—like forks, knives, and microchips—that people devise to cope with the world in which they find themselves. They believed that ideas are produced not by individuals, but by groups of individuals—that ideas are social. They believed that ideas do not develop according to some inner logic of their own, but are entirely dependent,...
Part of the strategy revolution was the coming of what I’ll call Greater Taylorism, the corporation’s application of sharp-penciled analytics this time not to the performance of an individual worker—how fast a person could load bars of pig iron or reset a machine—but more widely to the totality of its functions and processes. How much does it cost us to make our steel? How can the Japanese do it so much less expensively? How can we redesign our whole chain of activities, from purchasing raw materials to delivering the final product, so that we can compete with them?
Occupying the broader middle ground between these two is a school that maintains that people are the key to innovation, and innovation the modern requisite for competitive success.
market-share leader should be the low-cost producer in any industry. Provided
Note: this shows the fascinatiom with marketshare.history is so fucking imp