Apple has had an effort under way to replicate Steve Jobs' approach and way of thinking about products as a way to continue the company's culture. Now that effort to carry forward Jobs' corporate DNA will be put to the test.
For the last three years, a group inside Apple has focused on replicating Jobs' approach and vision. The effort, which has taken on increased importance in the last year, is run by the former dean of the Yale School of Management, Joel Podolny. Podolny joined Apple almost three years ago and started Apple University, an internal training program modeled after a similar effort at Pixar.
Podolny's background appears to be uniquely suited for Apple's task at hand. According to The Harvard Crimson, Podolny taught in the organizational behavior unit at Harvard Business School and then left to take the reins of Yale's business school.
Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that Jobs himself had been planning this effort. The effort, dubbed Apple University, aims to teach employees how to think like Jobs. In other words, the man who thought different was behind an effort to teach a company to think that way. … Read more