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Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 3.1 fifteen years ago, probably thinking that no one would use it anymore. Originally released in April 1992, that version of the Windows operating system was improved somewhat since the preceding century (let's not comment on whether each new release of Windows was a true improvement...).
But as you might suspect, Windows 3.1 is still running on some machines.
In debates around innovation, we talk about possible reasons why productivity growth has been slow. People like to blame, among other things:
Cardiff Garcia just listed 32 views on innovation stagnation.
As far as I could see, only two or three of them referred to poor management. View #10: "socio-organisational changes required to transform new technologies into faster productivity growth have yet to materialise" is obviously right, and so is #26: "managerial capital [is needed for diffusion of technology]". Point #28 on the lack of willingness to experiment also rings true, and the referenced research looks very interesting.
Hendel, Igal, and Yossi Spiegel. 2014. "Small Steps for Workers, a Giant Leap for Productivity." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(1): 73-90. ↩︎