*Editor’s Note: CC Biz Buzz is a new monthly column series that will feature insightful commentary from a member of the Columbia College Robert W. Plaster School of Business faculty.

I want to tip my hat to a song Sam Cooke wrote and sang in 1964, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” This was not a new idea, by any means. The origin story points to Heraclitus of Ephesus, ca. 500 BC (or BCE, if you prefer), who declared, “The only constant is change.”

The business world is all about change. Let’s consider some implications of that statement.

Change provides enablement. Just recently, a lot of attention has been paid to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The changes in technology that got us there, and the ever more rapid changes in technology that we’ve experienced since then, have enabled us to do things that we could only imagine (Think “The Jetsons” of 1960s TV) or, in fact, could not even imagine just a few decades ago …

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