Nice timeline of “Big Ideas” from Business Week

I happen to subscribe to Business Week although I haven’t paid much attention to the magazine lately. I’ve been tossing it straight into recycling because I’ve been focused on other things. Well this week, I decided to take a look. The magazine had this nice timeline of “A History of Big Ideas”.

From Business Week March 23 & 30, 2009:

· 1910 – The assembly line from Henry Ford
· 1920 – Market segmentation from General Motors CEO Sloan
· 1931 – Brand management from Procter & Gamble
· 1943 – Skunk works from Lockheed
· 1950s – Lean manufacturing from Toyota
· 1967 – Scenario planning from Shell
· 1973 – 360-degree reviews from DuPont
· 1987 – Six-sigma from Motorola
· 1989 – Outsourcing from IBM
· 1990 – Reengineering from consultant Michael Hammer who cited Ford
· 2000s – Open innovation from Procter & Gamble

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