Friday, January 13, 2012

Failure as a function of geography

Interesting observations in the Wall Street Journal today by Rich Karlguard - - "Kodak Didn't Kill Rochester.  It Was the Other Way Around" - -

"Kodak's other structural problem is geography.  When you study the history of great American companies that stumbled and failed, or only partially recovered, you see how difficult it is to overcome the mindset of your immediate surroundings.  Business located in places where success is the norm, and innovation is built into the ecology, have a better chance of fixing themselves."

Karlguard concludes with - -

"The world might be flat.  But innovation and adaption remain local."

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