Big Ideas in Business and Law

Here are some of the big ideas in business over the past 100 years, according to a short feature in BusinessWeek.  Many were fads, but most — even the early ones — have had staying power:

  • Open Innovation – 2000
  • Reengineering – 19990
  • Outsourcing – 1989
  • Six Sigma – 1987
  • 360-Degree Performance Reviews – 1973
  • Scenario Planning – 1967
  • Lean Manufacturing – 1950’s
  • Skunk Works – 1943
  • Brand Management – 1931
  • Market Segmentation – 1920
  • The Assembly Line – 1910

I haven’t found a comparable list of ideas in Law, but I’m intrigued by a book, The Little Book of Big Ideas: Law by Robert Hockett, forthcoming this spring.

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