Hi Friends,
                                              Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.
                                                  There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"
                                       With regards,
                                       Hemen Parekh
                                       27 June 2013

Wednesday, 6 February 1985

HERE COME THE INTRAPRENEURS



Synopsis: Communication For Productivity
Letters written to some 7500 Workers / Managers / Union Leaders, following a period of strike / Go slow / Murders (1979 - 1987), at Mumbai factory of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. This direct / open / honest communication led to a remarkable atmosphere of trust between Workers and Management, which, in turn, increased productivity at 3% per year (ave).

6 Feb 1985


To:
Dear Colleague            

HERE COME THE INTRAPRENEURS

Americans are  fond of coining  new words and  what they mean by  "Intrapreneur"  will  become  clear  when  you  read  the enclosed article.

A word is only a symbol  for a concept.  Concept comes first, the symbol later.   But the concept itself  follows a certain behaviour.

In   this  article,  the   author  speaks   about  innovative behaviour in large firms - or  rather a lack of it - and what some of the companies are trying to do about it.
The question being raised is :

Can  Intrapreneurship  (innovativeness ?)  flourish  in large companies which are characterised by

-    many layers of hierachy
-    centralised decision-making
-    controls from the Top
-    rigid structures of reporting & analysis
-    intolerance for failure etc. etc.

Or is it that,          
-    innovations are doomed to failure in large companies?        
-    lack of innovation is a price a company must  pay for growing big ?

But even  if it be so,  the kind of innovation that  is being mentioned in the article, largely concerns "new products".

What about         
-    process innovations                         &         
-    procedure/system innovations            &        
-    people re-novations                         &

Must these too suffer as a company grows big ?

And even if we  assume for a moment  that Powai has grown big (a somewhat dubious assumption ! ) what,

"      -   resources and freedom to pursue own ideas,      
-    cutting back on traditional red-tape,      
-    endless meetings and other obstacles"
are holding back  the innovations  of the kind  which I  just mentioned ?

Or is it that, these are merely convenient scape-goats ?
                                       
H.C. Parekh

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