Harvard Business Case:
January 3, 1995
3M: Profile of an Innovating Company
Through cases based on real companies, use the knowledge of how firms with different organizational modes can operate in a given industry, the factors that favor one mode over another, and the manner in which the modes relate to shifting industry trends.
Based on the case study answer the following questions:
1) What mode does 3M use?
2) What is 3M's balance of the three challenges?
3) How does 3M achieve variation, selection, and retention?