Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Aug 2014 22:56 UTC
In the News

Getting outflanked by tech upstarts, hacked in two by a fearsome corporate raider, and finally taken over in part by a Chinese company that exists largely because of the world Motorola made for it: Such a fate would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Motorola was then one of America's greatest companies, having racked up a stunning record of innovation that continually spawned new businesses, which in turn created enormous wealth. Motorola had the vision to invest in China long before most multinational companies. It even developed Six Sigma, a rigorous process for improving quality that would be embraced by management gurus and change the way companies nearly everywhere operate.

However, as the history of many giant corporations (Lehman Brothers, General Motors) shows, great success can lead to great trouble. Interviews with key players in and around Motorola and its spinoffs indicate that the problems began when management jettisoned a powerful corporate culture that had been inculcated over decades. When healthy internal competition degenerated into damaging infighting. "I loved most of my time there," says Mike DiNanno, a former controller of several Motorola divisions, who worked at the company from 1984 to 2003. "But I hated the last few years."

Very detailed in-depth look at the rise and fall of Motorola.

Permalink for comment 595186
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: I worked there then
by puenktchen on Fri 29th Aug 2014 09:01 UTC in reply to "RE: I worked there then"
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

There is a similar saying in german: The first generation creates wealth, the second generation preserves it and the third generation squanders it. Or in a version contributed to Bismark: the third generation studies history of arts and the fourth generation degenerate completely.

Thomas Mann's "Buddenbrooks" tells the same story.

But I don't think that there is a scientific base for it. ;)

Reply Parent Score: 3