Only the Paranoid Survive Critique

Only the Paranoid Survive Critique - Huzefa Mun & Noris...

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BA 304H March 22, 2007 Only the Paranoid Survive Critique Generally speaking, Andrew Grove writes about strategic inflection points. He writes when it happens, where it happens, and about how different industries and companies, including his own, reacted to strategic inflection points, or didn't recognize them at all. A strategic inflection point can best be described as a moment, or period of time, when something fundamental changes in the industry of a company. This can be anything from technology, to style of competition, to the way businesses are run. The importance of the inflection point lies in the fact that for a company, it means that after it reaches the inflection point, either they can grow at an accelerated rate , or they can begin to decline and decay, eventually losing out in their industry. For this reason the book's title is “Only the Paranoid Survive”- a testament to the need to be on the constant lookout for these inflection points, and knowing what to do when guiding an organization through them. Grove writes about his experiences as an Intel executive as well and provides insightful comments about how certain management strategies to cope with strategic inflection points can be used universally, not just with a microchip company. Many of these recommendations fit into the 7-S framework that we learned in class. For one, Grove recommends that the culture of the organization should be that in which
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