Fostering a Spirit of Innovation in Mature Industries LO14789
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 15:15:13 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO14767 --

Joe Podolsky (LO 14767) makes a good point about corporate revenue dollars
coming from in-house R&D labs. Another wrinkle on this is to consider how
many products that were conceived in the labs of Company A end up being
exploited by Company B - often with no direct benefit to A. Examples
abound: Chrysler minivans were originally planned at Ford, Apple's Mac
interface at Xerox PARC, Windows interface at apple, even Netscape
original products trace back to U. of Illinois.

This sort of idea-hopping from company-to-company seems to fuel a lot of
American business innovation. And an important carrier of the ideas is
the zig and zags of the career paths of the innovators.

Bob Tomasko


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