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Interesting reading: Clay Shirky on the collapse of complex business models

Posted on | April 2, 2010 | No Comments

The Collapse of Complex Business Models

“When the value of complexity turns negative, a society plagued by an inability to react remains as complex as ever, right up to the moment where it becomes suddenly and dramatically simpler, which is to say right up to the moment of collapse. Collapse is simply the last remaining method of simplification.”

An interesting post by Clay Shirky connecting Tainter‘s theories about the collapse of complex societies with the implosion of incumbent industries. It’s interesting to think about the complexity of different industries and how that affects their innovation level.

Why has the internet ecosystem advanced quickly, while traditional media has not?

How does this relate to industries like healthcare, which are on the brink of collapse today?


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