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The New Era in Brief

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Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor, www.BusinessThinker.com

 

Our world continues to have an  expanding population, an economy that increasingly is integrated on a global scale, a world environment faced by a variety of threats and disparate cultural values. In order to live and work successfully in such a world, individuals, organizations, sectors, and nations must work together.

We have entered an era in which knowledge of dominant technologies and the people skilled in its use are the key elements of sustainable growth in the complex environment we live in:

  • It is an era of intense international competition.
  • Corporations are continually changing, merging, and dividing.
  • Employment is in flux.
  • Major immigration waves are in motion
  • Time scales are reduced.

In such times, we will succeed by our wits rather than by our power and natural resources.

Key dominant technologies in the 21st century era–things like:

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Sustainability of Organizations

Yannis A. Phillis is a guest  contributor. He is Professor of Engineering at UCLA and the Technology University of Crete.

The following is adopted from:
“Fuzzy Measurement of Sustainability,”  by
Y. A. Phillis and V. S. Kouikoglou, Nova Publishers, NY, 2009, by permission.

An organization is an entity or purposeful structure with boundaries that separate it from its environment. According to Webster’s dictionary it is an administrative and functional structure (as a business or a political party). An organization pursues certain goals such as education (this is a university) or production of goods and services if it is a corporation. Organizations interact with their environment, physical, biological and social, they affect it and become affected by it. It is quite natural then that organizations play an important role in the sustainability of a region or country. Continue reading Sustainability of Organizations

How has President Obama done so far?

A Brief Review of Obama’s performance for 2009

See also the more recent review: How has President Obama done so far–a spent political force?

On 20 January 2009 the global economic and political community greeted the position of the US President Barack Obama clearly as a historic moment, given that it is the first African American President of the USA. At the same time, he came to the White House with the key election slogan “We can change”, with Americans and the world full of hopes. Over the past year Barack Obama has satisfied some, and disappointed more. During this time he managed to win the Nobel Peace Prize without having the time to apply his policies and accomplish actual results in the political life of the world. His personal popularity remains high, however his policies are not popular. He made several promises. Let’s see if he kept them. Continue reading How has President Obama done so far?