Can Goliath companies compete?


Those of you who have read our book know we compare many companies out there to Goliath – because they are big, old and slow – and because they struggle to compete.  We take the analogy a little further with the “two heads” of Goliath (business and IT) not getting along all the while David organizations are armed with new tools (mobile, collaboration, cloud).

Well, we all love reading stuff we agree with – and boy do I love this article, “Avoiding Innovation’s Terrible Toll” from the Wall Street Journal this week.  It talks about the challenges of HP and Kodak but also points out some examples of Goliath organizations such as Apple and IBM who have succeeded in the world of innovation.

So yes, Goliath organizations can compete, but it takes a very different way of operating!