Every decade or two during the past one hundred years, a point of inflection has occurred in management thinking. These breakthroughs are akin to the S-curves of technology that characterize the life cycle of many industrial and consumer products: Introduction ? Acceleration ? Acceptance ? Maturity. Each big idea catches hold slowly. Yet, within a relatively short time, the new approach becomes so widely accepted that it is difficult even for old-timers to reconstruct how the world looked before.
Pascale, R (1999), Surfing the edge of chaos, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol.40, No.3, pp 83