We have been in the midst of a fundamental and historic shift of how the economies around the world develop. With the collapse of communism, the centralized and state control model of the economy has also collapsed. Other socialist State models, i.e., Sweden, UK before Margaret Thatcher, have also collapsed. What we have now, however, imperfect it maybe, is the model of the “Free Market.”
This shift is occurring in parallel with two other sociopolitical expressions:
- Smaller government, though the last couple years this seems to have moderated quite a bit
- The need, indeed the demand by our society to provide assistance, protection, and distribution of economic benefits a “fair” way
What we are witnessing is a major shift on “how we can fulfill our expectations of a humanistic society” while we keep the state’s interventions and control power at minimum. Continue reading The Business Enterprise and Today’s Society
When a decision is made to buy a business there is a fairly specific process you can expect to go through, especially when buying the “right” business. The acquisitions process involves several distinct steps and sub-steps that must be managed and controlled with extreme care and dealt with expertly and skillfully.
Continue reading The Successful Business Acquisition Process – 15 Steps
The general topic in this piece concerns the interaction between technology and culture. My particular slant will be to review the various sub-cultures that are contained in the general activity of technology-intensive durable goods manufacturing. This pluralistic approach also reflects the various roles and perspectives that I have played in that context.
For over twenty years, I have been involved in the “manufacturing game”, and have witnessed many changes in that environment. However, two perspectives have been particularly critical in playing this role of a participant-observer. Continue reading The Cultures of Technology Intensive Manufacturing