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‘Adaptive Enterprise is a must read for anyone whose firm is under technological attack.’ –George H. Conrades, Chairman and CEO Akamai Technologies, Inc. 

Adaptive Enterprise:

Creating and Leading Sense and Respond Organizations

Stephan H. Haeckel1999 

Harvard Business School Press

ISBN 0875848745    

The book talks about creating Sense and Respond organisations and adopting operational strategies similar to the approaches taken by the German ‘Mass-Customisation’ school of thought, i.e. using technology to create an information factory then combining it with granular modular production techniques to deliver on-demand services. 

While the technology theme is very strong in the book, its underlying message is the need to deconstruct the very fabric of the organisation and introduce structures that can close the duration between ‘sensing’ and ‘responding’ to a level that establishes a truly on-demand capability. The analogy of obtaining the responsiveness of  ‘Fly-by-Wire’ systems works well in this respect

More space might have been given to the approaches required to change the management mindset. 

I would caution companies not to think of this solely as a technology solution otherwise they may be in danger of simply creating a more sophisticated form of make and sell with the technology solution providing a disappointing response to sensing the wrong needs.

The book outlines a brilliant strategic case for the adoption of Sense and Respond principles.

Stephan has brought the term ‘Sense and Respond’ to the attention of a very large audience and has since developed it into a fully fledged post-industrial managerial model. www.senseandrespond.com

A great read for people who are passionate about creating breakthrough organisations.

Reviewed 2004: Updated September 2005

 

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Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors  

Michael E. Porter 1998

 

Simon & Schuster (Trade Division)

ISBN: 0684841487

This book is a landmark in the field of strategy/strategic management, and Porter’s view has later become known as the positioning school. The book provides a great framework for Strategic planning.

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Competitive Advantage

Michael E. Porter 1985

The Free Press

ISBN: 0029250900   

Paperback ISBN 0743260872

Porter’s groundbreaking concept of the value chain disaggregates a company into ‘activities’, or the discrete functions or processes that represent the elemental building blocks of competitive advantage.

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Atomic: Reforming the Business Landscape into the New Structures of Tomorrow  

Roger Camrass. Martin Francombe 2003

Capstone Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1841121169

Instead of being focused on financial assets, the primary unit of corporate value will be the individual, both as customer and employee. This radical viewpoint has far-reaching consequences for organizational shape, market dynamics and capital structure as well as for our careers.

Personal Acknowledgement: I had the pleasure of working with Roger at Fujitsu where he works as Director of Transformation. His insights and recognition of the potential contained within Sense and Respond has been instrumental in promoting ideas not only within Fujitsu but evangelising to the business community at large.

 

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