A recent book from Harvard Business Press called 5 Future Strategies You Need to Know Right Now covers five business strategies that the author - a Boston Consulting Group consultant - believes will become important over the next 3-5 years. One of the strategies is "sidestepping economies of scale". Key quote on this strategy:
"Many business leaders are reexaming their assumptions about the benefits of scale. Scaling down, not up, and building "disposable factories" and even "disposable strategies" are becoming new keys to lowering costs and boosting performance."
The author goes on to suggest that companies should explore new approaches that limit invested capital.
The scaling down of fixed costs is creating many new opportunities for small businesses. We discuss this in more detail in most recent forecast report.