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Have big companies offer a reward for those who save them money

Not sure if this is an urban myth but either way it could be useful…

It is said that Henry Ford offered a reward of a million dollars to anyone who could save the company or make the company more than a million dollars. By searching scrapyards, one man discovered that the king-pins were never damaged and outlived the rest of the car’s components. He reported it to Ford who paid him nicely and ordered that all kink-pins should be made of a less durable material, so that all car parts would fail, on average, at the same time. Why can’t other big firms allow ideas men to find profitable solutions for them, rather than just rely on their employee’s ideas?