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The Last Word

The Last Word Change, Change, Change As you might imagine, ride it like you find i t You got "Markets change, tastes ther e are a plethora of to change with it. If a day change, so the companies thought s about what goes by that don't change and the individuals who "change" means. From the some of your old notions for choose to compete in those ancien t Greek philoso­ new ones, that is just about markets must change." pher s and Confucius on like trying to milk a dead —An Wang up to present day, legions cow." of people have had decid­ —Woody Guthrie "Never doubt that a small ed opinions on the subject. group of thoughtful, We wanted to include committed citizens can "Not everything that is faced quote s from Aristotle, change the world. Indeed, it's can be changed. But nothing Machiavelli, Darwin, and the only thing that ever has." can be changed until it is other household names, but —Margaret Mead faced." there simply wasn't enough —James Baldwin room. So we arbitrarily lim­ "Life is about not knowing, ited the "last words" to "In a time of drastic change having to change, taking the those ideas expressed by it is the learners who inherit moment and making the best 20th century residents of the future. The learned of it, without knowing what's North America, and then usually find themselves going to happen next cut again, even more arbi­ equipped to live in a world Delicious ambiguity." trarily, when those over­ that no longer exists." —Gilda Radner flowed the space available. —Eric Hoffer "Both tears and sweat are "Change does not "The soft-minded man salty, but they render a necessarily assure progress, always fears change. He feels different result Tears will get but progress implacably security in the status quo, you sympathy, sweat will ge t requires change." and he has an almost morbid you change." —Henry Steele Commager fear of the new. For him, the —Jesse Jackson greatest pain is the pain of a "Life has got a habit of not new idea." "If we don't change, we don't standing hitched. You got to —Martin Luther King, Jr. grow. If we don't grow, we aren't realty living." —Gail Sheehy ''They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." —Andy Warhol "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." —John Kenneth Galbraith 48 | July/August 2000 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Business Strategy Emerald Publishing

The Last Word

Journal of Business Strategy , Volume 21 (4): 1 – Apr 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0275-6668
DOI
10.1108/eb040106
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Abstract

Change, Change, Change As you might imagine, ride it like you find i t You got "Markets change, tastes ther e are a plethora of to change with it. If a day change, so the companies thought s about what goes by that don't change and the individuals who "change" means. From the some of your old notions for choose to compete in those ancien t Greek philoso­ new ones, that is just about markets must change." pher s and Confucius on like trying to milk a dead —An Wang up to present day, legions cow." of people have had decid­ —Woody Guthrie "Never doubt that a small ed opinions on the subject. group of thoughtful, We wanted to include committed citizens can "Not everything that is faced quote s from Aristotle, change the world. Indeed, it's can be changed. But nothing Machiavelli, Darwin, and the only thing that ever has." can be changed until it is other household names, but —Margaret Mead faced." there simply wasn't enough —James Baldwin room. So we arbitrarily lim­ "Life is about not knowing, ited the "last words" to "In a time of drastic change having to change, taking the those ideas expressed by it is the learners who inherit moment and making the best 20th century residents of the future. The learned of it, without knowing what's North America, and then usually find themselves going to happen next cut again, even more arbi­ equipped to live in a world Delicious ambiguity." trarily, when those over­ that no longer exists." —Gilda Radner flowed the space available. —Eric Hoffer "Both tears and sweat are "Change does not "The soft-minded man salty, but they render a necessarily assure progress, always fears change. He feels different result Tears will get but progress implacably security in the status quo, you sympathy, sweat will ge t requires change." and he has an almost morbid you change." —Henry Steele Commager fear of the new. For him, the —Jesse Jackson greatest pain is the pain of a "Life has got a habit of not new idea." "If we don't change, we don't standing hitched. You got to —Martin Luther King, Jr. grow. If we don't grow, we aren't realty living." —Gail Sheehy ''They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." —Andy Warhol "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." —John Kenneth Galbraith 48 | July/August 2000

Journal

Journal of Business StrategyEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2000

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