aka Robert Matyas

  • I live in Harrisonburg, VA
  • I was born on November 22
  • My occupation is student
  • I am male
  • Robertm12

    Reading Elliot Jacque’s piece on the role of hierarchy in our society made me delve into deeper thinking about the subject.  As a student in the United States, the bureaucratic form of hierarchy is the default standard when I come to think of any organization.  You need somebody at top to make the biggest and most important decisions, with several layers underneath them dispersing the work.  I think Jacque’s makes a good point when he says we don’t need a new, flatter structure, but an understanding of how managerial hierarchy works.  The problem is to find a way to make it work efficiently for the first time in its entire history.  I was surprised that over the course of 3,000 years he believes hierarchical structures have been largely in…

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  • Robertm12

     After reading chapter three, Types and patterns of innovation, I was already familiar with several of the concepts presented, but still gained knowledge of unfamiliar terminology in the text.  One thing I never really thought about was that process innovation typically occurs in conjunction with product innovation.  I now see how an improvement in one can then lead to innovation in the latter.  Incremental innovation was something else I had not understood before.  I was always under the mindset that “innovation” meant a product always stemmed from “out of the box”, which is completely new and different from anything else offered.  However, simple improvements such as smaller batteries on cell phones can be considered incremental innovatio…

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