part twoThe Streams Diverge, Causing an Organizational Midlife Crisis

Part I focused on the creation of a certain kind of culture. In part II, we focus on the impact of that culture as DEC the organization grew and evolved and as the technological context and markets evolved. In its first decade or so the technological context, the organizational structure and process, and the culture were synchronized, creating a powerful engine for innovation. On the technological side Gordon Bell and the engineering organization he created kept inventing and developing new products that the science and engineering market gobbled up eagerly. DEC had created what came to be called the “minicomputer revolution.” The term mini is attributed by many to John Leng, ...

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