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Art of High Tech Management. Six Themes of Success or How to avoid potholes?. Six Themes of Success. Business Focus Closely Related Products Focused R&D Consistent Priorities. Six Themes of Success. Adaptability Organizational Flexibility. Six Themes of Success.

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art of high tech management

Art of High Tech Management

Six Themes of Success


How to avoid potholes?

six themes of success
Six Themes of Success

Business Focus

  • Closely Related Products
  • Focused R&D
  • Consistent Priorities
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Six Themes of Success


  • Organizational Flexibility
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Six Themes of Success

Organization Cohesion

  • Good Communications
  • Job Rotation
  • Integration of Roles
  • Long Term Employment?
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Six Themes of Success

Entrepreneurial Culture

  • Entrepreneurial Characteristics
  • Small Divisions
  • Variety of Funding Channels
  • Tolerance of Failure
  • Opportunity to Pursue Outside Projects
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Six Themes of Success

Sense of Integrity

Hands on Management

the challenge
The Challenge?
  • Kill off the dinosaurs
  • A little chaos never hurt
  • Promote atmosphere of creativity
the paradox of high tech management
The Paradox of High Tech Management


  • Business Focus
  • Organization Cohesion
  • Integrity


  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility
  • Hands on Management
guiding concepts
Guiding Concepts
  • Job Holders vs. System Contributors
  • Decision Making as close as possible to sources of uncertainty and interdependence
  • Ideal Seeking vs. Rule Following
  • Variety increasing vs. decreasing systems
core questions
Core Questions
  • How does the technology work
  • its limits & potential
  • what resources are required
  • direction and speed of change
  • available options for comparison
nasa administrator webb
NASA Administrator Webb

“We were required to fly our administrative machine in a turbulent environment, and …. A certain level of organizational instability was essential if NASA was not to lose control”