Mark Papermaster , who oversaw Apple Inc. ’s mobile-device engineering until he left in August after criticism of the iPhone’s antenna design, has joined Cisco Systems Inc. as a vice president working on chips.
Apple Inc. is known for producing great products, like the iPod. Now Google Inc. with its acquisition of Nest Labs Inc. and its Apple alumni founder Tony Fadell, is hoping it produces great leaders who can replicate that success as well.
IPods, iPads and iPhones would have baffled the German social scientist Max Weber, who died in 1920. Yet the father of modern sociology would surely have understood something about the man behind those gadgets.