A great article at HBR by James Allworth, taking a look at how Steve Jobs solved Clay Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma:
That attitude resulted in a company that looks entirely different to almost any other modern Fortune 500 company. One striking example: there’s only one person Apple with responsibility for a profit and loss. The CFO. It’s almost the opposite of what is taught in business school. An executive who worked at both Apple and Microsoft described the differences this way: “Microsoft tries to find pockets of unrealized revenue and then figures out what to make. Apple is just the opposite: It thinks of great products, then sells them. Prototypes and demos always come before spreadsheets.”
Horace Dediu has also mentioned this book as one of his key influences. May be time to pick it up.