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’ The silver bullet, you might say, is speed, this idea of speed.” The shareholders’ reports of the firms in the S&P 500 index of America’s biggest are littered with “speed”, “fast” and their synonyms, not to mention a goodly dollop of “disruption”.

Japanese firms pioneered flexible supply chains and reorganised factory floors in the 1970s and 1980s—eking out efficiency gains by eliminating delays.

In 1990 George Stalk and Thomas Hout, of BCG, a consulting firm, popularised this approach in “Competing Against Time” (a favourite book of Apple’s boss, Tim Cook).

In a few years they can erode the profits of industries that took many decades to build.

Some firms are so fast that they can travel into the future: Amazon plans to do “anticipatory” shipping before orders are placed.

Alfred Sloan, who ran General Motors as president and then chairman from 1923 to 1956, invented “dynamic obsolescence”—using a flurry of new products to whip up demand and make existing models seem out of date.

Honda took this idea to an extreme: in 1981-82 it launched 113 models of scooter in 18 months.

“The pace of change is accelerating,” Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg of Google assert in their book “How Google Works”.