The Force of a company is directly proportional to its Mass and its Acceleration. Therefore, the Force of a company is equivalent to a constant multiplied by the Mass of the company and the Acceleration.
Since the above statement is true based on Newton’s Laws, this implies the mass of a company is inversely proportional to its acceleration and vice versa.
Force = Mass x Acceleration, thus, Mass = Force/Acceleration and Acceleration = Force/Mass.
Mass: the mass of a company is its capital which includes its human and financial capital.
Acceleration: the acceleration of a company is its rate of growth. This could be users, revenue, innovation, etc.
Startups have the ability to gain a higher acceleration because their Mass is usually small. Thus, by induction, startups tend to have a very great force even though they usually do not have the Mass.
Large corporations usually have the Mass but their acceleration is usually slower due to the obvious weight*, hence they still have the force but the momentum is of a lesser magnitude.
If all I said above is true, this means when a company starts, it has less Mass and the capacity for more acceleration, and as it grows its Mass increases and its acceleration capacity decreases, making its force approximately constant in the process.
With this established, in an ideal situation one will expect a smaller company to accelerate more and match up the force of larger companies because its not just about your mass but a factor of your mass and your acceleration.
However, there are some large companies that have been able to “cheat” nature and physics. These companies have grown in mass while growing in acceleration, hence growing in force. These are the kind of companies that interest me.
I think they have effectively divided their overall mass into smaller functional units, which I can call cells, and these units accelerate much more faster because they have the Mass of a startup company and of course the obvious acceleration.
They then put all this cells into one container* creating coherent Brownian motion and a resulting higher force due to constructive interference.
So I will conclude by saying, for a company to have great force, it needs to grow its mass and its acceleration. In plain English, for a company to be powerful it needs to grow its human capital and financial capital, while growing its rate of growth in terms of clients, revenue and innovation.
Hope this was some good applied physics in business 🙂
*1 weight: a large object is more difficult to move
*2 container: in this case container refers to the corporate structure