To day or not to day #58: The App Effect: All around us we see the cultural change that accompanies this app economy. To begin with the addiction to new media. This ranges from Wordfeud and social apps to business (mail) traffic. MIT professor Sherry Turkle, talks strikingly about "alone together" as she describes when people in each other company pick up their mobile actually are alone again. And when we are alone we pick up the same mobile to be together again with others. The studies on app-addiction are piling up. Some studies identify even craving behavior, a phenomenon that occurs among crack addicts and other drug users.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday by Menno van Doorn, co-author of the book The App Effect, 28 January 2012
Using a paintbrush factory in the Bronx as an example, columnist Adam Davidson argues that a good way for small businesses to compete with Chinese manufacturers is to not change at all and deliver high quality goods for a small niche market.
Source: The New York Times Magazine, June 23, 2013
Although the effects of global warming are unmistakable, oil companies are working to the bone to drill for oil and shale gas deeper into the earth's crust and in ever more remote corners on land and in the sea. No global warming that may deter them. Is a global policy against such excesses possible within neoliberal capitalism?
To day or not to day #56: The manager needs autonomy but also support in following the right path. An ethical organization recognizes that its managers are still and only on the way. How do we ensure that the probability of immoral behavior of managers decreases? The Kantian philosophy offers help. The supplement from Kantian perspective on thinking about the integrity of organizations looks very different than you would expect from a pessimist who talks about a radical desire for evil. You'll expect a sermon about personal responsibility and hell and damnation for those who are unable to take their responsibility. Kant gives that sermon, but also provides comfort and protection.
From his perspective, we are generally too optimistic about our autonomy, allowing the integrity policy to fail. There should be much more attention to the fact that, by definition, the presence of power and competition in organizations are stronger than outside. In particular these phenomena enforce the desire for evil and are an ideal excuse for self-deceiver (“I had to!”). Without support, the manager has no chance.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday by Wim Dubbink, professor of business ethics at the Tilburg University, 8 June 2013
posted on June 11, 2013 at 8:04