Title: Fumbling the Future : How Xerox Invented, ...
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Morrow/Avon, 1988
Publication Date: 1988
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author
ISBN: 0688069592, Hardback, 2nd printing, inscribed by author Douglas K. Smith and dated in year of publication, except for fading to spine of book and similar fading/yellowing to spine of DJ, book and DJ would be Near Fine/Near Fine. The incredible story of how Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center invented the first personal computer and software years before Apple and IBM, and how the Xerox executives ignored the project and failed to exploit its commercial potential, 8vo., 274 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 06839
Synopsis: Ask consumers and users what names they associate with the multibillion dollar personal computer market, and they will answer IBM, Apple, Tandy, or Lotus. The more knowledgable of them will add the likes of Microsoft, Ashton-Tate, Compaq, and Borland. But no one will say Xerox. Fifteen years after it invented personal computing, Xerox still means "copy." Fumbling the Future tells how one of America's leading corporations invented the technology for one of the fastest-growing products of recent times, then miscalculated and mishandled the opportunity to fully exploit it. It is a classic story of how innovation can fare within large corporate structures, the real-life odyssey of what can happen to an idea as it travels from inspiration to implementation. More than anything, Fumbling the Future is a tale of human beings whose talents, hopes, fears, habits, and prejudices determine the fate of our largest organizations and of our best ideas. In an era in which technological creativity and economic change are so critical to the competitiveness of the American economy, Fumbling the Future is a parable for our times.
About the Author:
Doug Smith has drawn the lessons for "On Value and Values" from hiswork across more than 40 industries and professions as a teacher, lawyer, writer, historian, consultant, and thinker. Named in "The GuruGuide" as one of the worldOs leading management thinkers, he is author orcoauthor of five books, including "Make Success Measurable," "TheDiscipline of Teams, Taking Charge of Change," and the internationalbestsellers "The Wisdom of Teams and Fumbling the Future: " "How XeroxInvented Then Ignored Personal Computing," His work has been featured in"Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, TheNew York Times," and "The McKinsey Quarterly," and has been cited forinnovation and impact by experts ranging from Tom Peters to WarrenBennis. Smith holds a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.He lives in LaGrangeville, New York
Alexander, a graduate of Harvard Business School, has spent his career as a management consultant in New York City. He is president and founder of Alexander & Associates.
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