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Friday, May 19, 2006

Why do Companies with such smart people do such seemingly "dumb" things? Microsoft introduced a new platform for Windows known as the UMPC. It is supposed to be a handheld PC--lighter than the lightest notebooks and more heft than those little PDA or smart phones. The first product was released by Samsung.......and it looks like it is a clear dud. For a very interesting view of why smart companies can end up looking like they are doing "stupid" things refer to an opinion from an ex-Microsoft employee at the bottom of the article. It is, after all, in the human dimension where successes and failures lie.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jinwoo IM said...

Hmm... The link page doesn't open. I agree on your comment in the last sentence.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Jung Daiyoung said...

Even though Microsoft and OEMs are acting pretty rationally, they sometimes have to take a longer route to get from a good idea to a good execution.
Because there are many potential pitfalls when one company controls too much of a design, including cost, insular thinking and inevitable blind spots.
From the point of long-term vision, Microsoft and OMEs believe that they will be a winner in the near future.

Personally, I can't exactly conclude if Microsoft's decision is right or not.

You could open the link page. Please, double click, check the address of website, revise it and try again.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Jinwoo IM said...

I could read the article because of your advice. Thank you.

11:34 PM  
Blogger LeftBack said...

Part of the underlying problem is the pressure managers feel from what Clayton Christensen calls the "growth imperative." Once a company's core business matures, the pursuit of new platforms entails daunting risk (1). Christensen notes that innovation often fails because organizations unwittingly strip the disruptive potential from new ideas before they get off the design table.

Compare Microsoft's design by committee approach with the more dictatorial modus operandi of Steve Jobs at Apple, who gives Jonathan Ive, his award winning designer, creative latitude to put out innovative designs that actually capture people's imaginations.

12:30 AM  

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