What you need to know
- Joel M. Podolny, VP of Apple University, has published a piece in the Harvard Business Review.
- The piece details on how Apple is structured internally.
- It also talks about how Apple promotes and the qualities leadership needs.
Joel M. Podolny, the dean and vice president of Apple University in Cupertino, California, has published an in-depth look at Apple's organizational structure in the Havard Business Review. The article offers a rarely seen look into how Apple organizes its business to promote innovation.
For instance, one part talks about how, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he laid off every General Manager across the companies different divisions and brought the entire company under one P&L.
It talks about how, because of the way the company is still set up, Tim Cook is the only employee where "the design, engineering, operations, marketing, and retail of any of Apple's main products meet."
According to the piece, anyone in a leadership role at the company must possess the following three characteristics:
- Deep expertise
- Immersion in the details
- Willingness to collaboratively debate
Apple's organizational structure has led it to grow from "8,000 employees and $7 billion in revenue in 1997, the year Steve Jobs returned, to 137,000 employees and $260 billion in revenue in 2019." It is a truly fascinating look into one of the world's most inspirational companies. You can read the full article on the Harvard Business Review.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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