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A fine line : how design strategies are shaping the future by Hartmut Esslinger

By Hartmut Esslinger

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By the late 1990s, the company was buckling under increasing pressure by Dell, HP, and other personal computer brands. Apple’s Macintosh market share was in the low single digits. The company looked like a goner. Industry analysts declared that Apple had to begin competing in the personal computing market or become irrelevant. That’s when Steve Jobs came back in as CEO. The first tactic Jobs used to implement his plan to regain Apple’s stature in the marketplace was to stop the market share bleeding by launching new products with flamboyant design and a new operating system.

They may strive for rational objectives, but the driving elements behind them are most often irrational and illogical. Outsized egos, personal ambition, defensive behaviors, and inaction all can wreak their own damage on the innovation process. The bigger the company, the more likely it becomes that executives, managers—even owners—will fall for the temptations of internal competition over the goal of winning in the marketplace. When this happens, petty politics, intrigues, and personal rivalries erupt—very much to the disadvantage of the company and its employees, shareholders, and customers.

After Jobs left, Apple CEO John Sculley appointed Jean-Louis Gassée as head of Macintosh design, and the two took sole reign of the company. They quickly built market share and the stock did very well, prompting outside financial analysts and investors to heap lots of praise on Apple’s new leadership. In addition to the excitement caused by the initial stock surge, observers raved about the company’s creative strategy. But these outsiders failed to grasp that the new team was simply cashing in on the success built by Steve Jobs.

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