„People don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.“

Theodore Levitt, cited in: Clayton Christensen (2016), The Clayton M. Christensen Reader. p. 46

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Theodore Levitt
économiste américain 1925 - 2006

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