Can big companies be radical?
Radical innovations almost invariably come from outsiders – revolutionary entrepreneurs whose style, culture and management are inimical to large, stable organisations. Kieran Levis illustrates how these kinds of organisations encourage the kind of divergent thinking that produces dramatic breakthroughs
John Kearon is right that big companies are not good at the kind of innovation that creates new categories and markets, (see Market Leader, Quarter 4, 2010, p20). But the problem is broader than marketing science and the pursuit of short-term shareholder value.
Big companies very rarely sustain the...