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

By Hartmut Esslinger

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Let’s now have a look at a group of small and midsize industries, where the metrics of relative market share offer a far more valuable indicator of success. The German Mittelstand companies (Mittelstand translates to “midsize”) of the early to mid-20th century offer fine examples of small- to medium-sized companies that became the true engines of an economy. These enterprises were largely owned and controlled by single families who defined a relatively narrow niche market and became experts in serving that market.

In its development of the iPod and iTunes, for example, Apple’s winning innovation tactic was to integrate, refine, and compress existing technologies into a seamless, convergent customer experience. ” The story of the Mittelstand success in relative market share also reveals parallels between the tactics of creative business and military strategies. Caesar knew that smaller units were more capable than large armies, because they could communicate more efficiently and respond more readily to the unexpected.

It takes nimble leadership and keen strategic vision to guide organizations safely through these rocky waters. I’ve had ample exposure to leadership’s struggle on the path toward innovation. Design careers are formed, after all, through work at those earliest developmental stages of innovation, where decision-making proc­esses and inner-office mechanisms are truly tested. To illustrate how leadership succeeds—and fails—at the innovation process, let me share with you some of my observations and experiences from the front lines of the business/design partnership.

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