Business Fads

Giants of Enterprise

There is no other field of human activity—including entertainment, sports, high fashion, or politics—which is so riddled by fads as business. Every day there is a newspaper headline, every week there is a magazine story, and perhaps with the Internet we will soon be saying every hour there is yet another “guru” that touts a new hero of business or a new method of solving problems which date back not merely ten years but far longer. At the least, the study of business history can prompt an executive to ask of each new “solution” to problems that can never be solved but only managed: How really lasting is this approach, this idea, this company?

Apple strategist Richard Tedlow in “Inside Apple”

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