Our Finnovation ITMP visits to Nokia began in April 2000 at the Espoo HQ with an amazing one hour videoconferance call with the UK HR director and ended last April when Mike and I stopped outside the padlocked gates of the former factory in Salo (which ITMPs visited in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004) – now closed.
For me the warning light went on in March 2004 when (with Ian Stokes, John Gaynard, Ben Schwartz and Stéphanie Fen Chong) we tried to share our concern with a group of executive course MBA managers on a Creativity and Innovation course we gave in Helsinki…« Beware! » we said. « Nokia seems to be becoming arrogant, complacent and self satisfied and it looks like you are losing the humility and modesty which have been your force ». But nobody took us seriously.
I look forward to hearing José Teixeira’s comments on this latest chapter in the Nokia telenovela (José’s ongoing PhD is about the smart phone Operating Systems jungle) and wonder what our Frannovation visitors from TSE will have to say when they come to Paris next month.
This morning’s commentary on France Culture radio was that the Nokia never saw the Zeitgeist moving away from connecting people to something more narcissistic.
Meanwhile, according to one Irish expert, the Asterix spirit may still be alive in Jolla…