Forbes automotive columnist Jerry Flint has taken a valuable step in the never-ending discussion of the woes of General Motors. He has gone beyond the debate over what GM can do to fix itself, focusing instead on what happens after GM loses the number one spot to Toyota.
Declaring that “The General Motors era is over,”
“At first GM will try to prove that it hasn't lost. We call that denial,”
It would be a mistake for GM to do something similar. But maybe the need to return to profitability will ultimately shift focus away from the obsession with market share.
Perhaps a more interesting question is: What will GM’s fall from the top mean for the lean movement? I’m not sure whether it will make a difference, but it might.
The business world is already obsessed with how
Then again, a lot of people who only pay limited attention to
“GM was on top for three-quarters of a century, and that's impressive.
Is he right or wrong on that point? Let us know what you think.