It was in 2013 when I first came across Rita McGrath’s work. I still remember the impact that “The End of Competitive Advantage” had on my thinking. It was an eye-opener of the disruptions that would be soon coming and turn our world upside-down.
Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Straub over a long breakfast in Brussels. Richard is the founder of the non-profit Peter Drucker Society Europe after a 32-year career at IBM.
In the past 150 years, management has been focusing primarily at running and optimizing the business. Over this period, organizations have been structured in a very similar way, Hierarchically. The best way and model to maximize efficiencies and volumes, while reducing costs to the minimum. Projects were considered an addition to the business, hardly ever a priority.