Horizontal first, vertical second

What are the key lessons from business history that will remain important in the future? That’s the question I’ve been trying to answer in my recent posts.

My answers have in no small part been informed by a conversation I had with business historian Chris McKenna of Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

Change is not accelerating

How is it possible to say anything meaningful about the future of business? I mean, we’re all witnessing how things are changing so rapidly, right?

It’s exponential change. As described by Moore’s law from 1965. Back then, Gordon Moore observed that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years.

Business is consolidating, not splintering

On Friday, I did the very first interview for my “Lean Is Fun” book project. And I’m happy to say that a number of my assumptions about the future of business were challenged, if not to say debunked.

The interviewee was the esteemed Chris McKenna of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, and the main purpose of the call was to find the answer(s) to the question I posed in my previous post:

“What are the key lessons of business history that will still be relevant in the future?”