Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, the First Personal Computer

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Morrow, 1988 - Business & Economics - 274 pages
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For all those who think American business should not be run by the numbers, here is a book that tells how and why, with a four- to six-year head start, Xerox decided not to enter the field of personal computing.

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I think this is an excellent overview of how Xerox created the first personal computer in 1973 and then did absolutely nothing with it, due to unbelievable incompetence, thus losing out on the biggest ... Read full review


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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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