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My Steam Engine is Broken by Dr. Mark Powell, Jonathan Gifford

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Introduction

My steam engine is broken

why the organization is no longer fit for purpose

At the heart of this book is a metaphor. It is a light-hearted metaphor, but it has a serious point.

The modern organization came into being toward the end of the 18th century, during the Industrial Revolution in Britain: a revolution in the means of production, fuelled by coal and symbolized by the steam engine, a remarkable new source of power that allowed us to pump water out of deep coal mines, giving us access to more of the precious black stuff. Later innovators put steam engines on wheels and in boats, and new forms of transport were devised.

For the first time in history, mankind was no longer reliant for its power on what nature provided: the power ...

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