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Re: Do the Right Thing



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[email protected] (Leslie Todd Masco) wrote:
>In article <[email protected]>, Ed Carp <[email protected]>
wrote:
>>That's one of the most politically and socially naive statements I've
>>ever heard.  Corporations *never* do the "right thing" unless it will
>>increase their profits.
>
>I just *love* hearing statments like this from people who have probably
>never started their own businesses.

Perhaps they've worked for a corporation? :-)

>Corporations are no more or less than their component people.  If the
people
>running a corporation care about an issue, the corporation will act upon
>it  -- bounded by the interaction of their survival instinct with their
>assessment of reality.  How could it be otherwise?

Certainly. In many organizations, the people who set policy, and the people
who "run" the corporation are not the same. Often important managers
disagree on issues or on how to achieve them. Individuals within the company
are often focused more on their careers and position within the company,
than on the affect their decisions have outside the company.

To equate an organization, especially a large one, with its constituent
parts ensures that you will be continually surprised by its complex and
unpredictable behavior.

BTW, the crypto relevance of this thread is nil.


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