- Current business practices: Some businesses practices are so rutted, that changing them may mean changing the people. Through the years, people develop relationships and they will, up to a certain point, protect one another at the expense of the company.
- Huge Base of Capital Assets: Companies with very high stakes in infrastructure are naturally slow to take aggressive re-structuring because of the necessary amortization levied on the business physical assets.
- The "Human Factor": Big companies and middle-sized ones develop certain "status quo", in which people resides deeming their position more or less permanent. Usually, the stakes for these folks (in the form of salary, stock options…) are very high to risk innovating "beyond a reasonable point".
- The Generational Factor: Many members of the high level staff were educated in an environment which did not include the realm of the "New Economy" and, even when they are trying, these technologies really may pose an obnoxious take-in theme.
- Legal Framework: Digital realm laws are (being) promulgated in almost every country.
- Current Knowledge: Five/Ten years ago e-business was a fancy term, now is current practice.
- Technological Maturity: Available technology can do the job "for real".
- Real Options Posture:
CxOs are required to take a posture regarding the strategic options available to their companies. They MUST, either take a "wait and see", a "Real Options" or an "Orchestrator" seat.