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By Jim Dewald, W. Brett Wilson

Starting a enterprise is tough, yet preserving a longtime corporation going may be both hard. ultimately, each company might want to adapt to altering industry stipulations, applied sciences, and aggressive environments. Achieving Longevity explains the right way to deal with these adjustments via entrepreneurial thinking.

As Jim Dewald exhibits, the main profitable businesses thrive via developing decision-making methods that continually have interaction new possibilities, allowing the company to speedy adapt to disruptive applied sciences and enterprise types. they permit for tinkering and experimentation and try to either take advantage of their aggressive virtue this day and discover new principles that may supply them an aspect tomorrow.

Achieving Longevity presents a framework for introducing the instruments and tradition essential to foster entrepreneurial considering, in addition to recommendation on tips to conquer universal hindrances to company entrepreneurship. Drawing on Dr. Dewald’s personal event as an entrepreneur, a profitable company government, and a professor of technique, the booklet deals a number of examples of ways to mix the strengths of a longtime company with the cutting edge, outdoors the field deliberating a start-up venture.

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It seems inevitable that a corporation will one day be considered for a seat at the G20, perhaps even the G7 table. Capacity to Innovate? How do we rationalize the gap between the common view that change is rapid, and the perspective that we are only refining an old 32 Achieving Longevity way of living? Today’s society is living the life of a frog in a pot being heated to boil. A frog will instantly jump out of a pot of boiling or even hot water, yet if placed in room temperature water, it will stay there (even until death) while the water is heated to a dangerous level.

In a dynamic environment, firms must be innovative and entrepreneurial for longterm survival. , the CEO and top management team [TMT]). That role is both powerful and complex. Historically, strategy research has treated “the firm” as the body of study, essentially erasing individuals from the equation on the assumption that a strict 42 Achieving Longevity logic holds no matter who the CEO or TMT might be. More recently, researchers have begun to delve into the role played by individuals. The new assumption is that individual characteristics of the CEO and/or TMT matter – they really matter.

At the turn of the twentieth century there were thousands of automobiles but also thousands of automakers. The automobile, a pervasive innovation emanating from the invention of the internal combustion engine, was a custom product available solely to the wealthiest in society. An exclusive product for an exclusive clientele represents innovation but not democratization. Then Henry Ford came along. An interesting fact about Henry Ford is that he was on his third automobile venture before he found success with the Model T, which demonstrates the value of experimentation and learning from failure.

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