I agree with your comments about examining the relationships between
parts of the system.
On Thu, 4 Apr 1996, William J. Hobler, Jr. wrote:
> In this instance, in particular we examine our competitors and their
> ability to draw customer business away from us.
I think a tricky part is to separate positioning with creation of new
stuff that meets other entities values (customer presupposes creation of
value with existing stuff).
[It's easy to go overboard with positioning - selection mechanisms. I
think this is one reason why big company's aren't very nimble - their
selection mechanisms - positioning - workforce - focuses on maintaining
the selection mechanisms - positioning - workforce hierarchy - rather than
Positioning with customers, other businesses, government, etc. is
very important. Positioning helps to create value.
Increasing capabilities to create new stuff that meets other entities
values - inventing - maybe is a way to circumvent issues of enforcement in
getting things in return for stuff we deliver to others.
I think attitude is a big factor in increasing capabilities to create
stuff that meets other's values.
Id software, makers of Doom and Wolfenstein 3D - ultra successful video
games, have the attitude of "we want to do things nobody has ever done
before", "we thrive on competition".
[Granted, they started with a lot of capabilities, and they might not know
how to increase their capabilities to create new stuff that meets other
entities values, but the attitude seems right.]
Intel and other companies have the attitude of "we want to make our stuff
obsolete before other companies do".
[Granted, these processes become a sort of positioning, especially if one
entities products become a "standard" or "base" for what other companies
deliver and create.
Maybe standards are best left as "open specifications". Maybe companies
that develop a significant base technology should leave it open. The
question is, what constitutes a "base technology" or "standard" or "open
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