The Romans were a very ingenious culture: they incorporated engineering into all facets
of their culture. The roads they built allowed their enemies to quickly move
from one road of their empire to another. Our interstate highway system was built
for the same reason. Their highway system also increased commerce throughout
their empire, providing two-fold benefits for their construction. The Romans invented aqueducts to move water, concrete to
strengthen building construction, and indoor plumbing, but still their empire fell.
The steam engine was first discovered and documented by the Romans, but Caesar
was required to bless all ideas before they could receive any credibility or funding.
Caesar never approved the steam engine, and therefore it was shelved for another millennium and a half. Innovation must be allowed to grow in an organization, or that organization will lose its competitive edge.
-Todd R. Groff, 2003 (Introduction to Knowledge Management - KM in
Business, Todd R. Groff & Thomas P. Jones)