What if every business had to be managed like a start-up? Rita Gunther McGrath, an associate professor of management at Columbia Business School, has some interesting observations along those lines — about managing in today’s uncertain business climate. McGrath, who has written in the past on corporate venturing for MIT Sloan Management Review recently noted that it may no longer be so clear that managing innovation requires different tools from managing established “core” businesses.
Why? Because nowadays, even a company’s so-called “core” businesses may be subject to the same kind of uncertainty that has traditionally characterized new businesses, McGrath observes. And that, she argues, means that using traditional metrics to measure management performance might no longer be a good idea.
Writes McGrath in a recent entry in her blog for Harvard Business Publishing : “The question to me…is whether we are inappropriately trying to hold leaders accountable for predictable performance in a fundamentally unpredictable time.