Corporate culture and the advantages of being small

I just read a very interesting essay in this month’s Atlantic Monthly about corporate culture.  The article points out the importance of culture within an organization and the difficulty of changing it once it is established.  Maybe this is old news to those of you who actually went to business school, but it’s a great insight for science/engineering geeks like me.  I keep wondering why large companies can’t see the advantage of my technology, which would be a game changer for them.  Perhaps they have too much invested in the old technology to change gears.  Perhaps those in charge of looking for new technology can’t justify anything too new to their own superiors.  And maybe, they are so hidebound in their own thinking that disruptive technology is downright scary. 

Whatever the explanation, it means that as my company grows and is large enough to develop its own culture (maybe there’s already a little of that?), I’m going to have to be vigilant that my thinking doesn’t start to run in already worn grooves.  In particular, I need to have people working for me who can stand up and tell me that I’m not considering all the angles. 

I should only have these high-class problems!

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About Nancy Kravit

Nancy Kravit, Ph.D. inventor of the Tethys Technology, co-founded the company and serves as Chief Executive Scientist, directing all scientific operations. Dr. Kravit has a Ph.D. in cell physiology and biophysics, and M.S. degrees in both chemical engineering and cell biology. She has been affiliated with leading research institutions including Harvard University, MIT and Washington University Medical School. In her research career, Dr. Kravit has developed important new techniques in the areas of cell biology and protein chemistry, and has discovered several new genes. The results of her work have been published in leading peer review journals.