The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale

The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale

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“Scale” has become a favored buzzword in the startup world. But scale isn't just about accumulating more users or capturing more market share. It's about whether an idea that takes hold in a small group can do the same in a much larger one - whether you’re growing a small business, rolling out a diversity and inclusion program, or delivering billions of doses of a vaccine.

Translating an idea into widespread impact, says University of Chicago economist John A. List, depends on one thing only: whether it can achieve “high voltage” - the ability to be replicated at scale.

In The Voltage Effect, List explains that scalable ideas share a common set of attributes, while any number of attributes can doom an unscalable idea. Drawing on his original research, as well as fascinating examples from the realms of business, policymaking, education, and public health, he identifies five measurable vital signs that a scalable idea must possess, and offers proven strategies for avoiding voltage drops and engineering voltage gains.

ISBN: 9780593239483

Published Date: February 1, 2022

Publisher: Currency

Language: English

Page Count: 288

Size: 9.57" l x 6.44" w x 1.08" h