Ever since the Internet began gaining popular awareness in the mid-1990s, the topic of how businesses can productively use various new media technologies has been a subject of ongoing interest. Along the […]
Fear is the organization killer
Once upon a time the business world was dominated by hierarchical organizations that derived both their structures and mechanistic management philosophies from military thinking that traces its lineage through Frederic the Great […]
Business: Trapped in meeting hell? Three things to think about
Hate meetings? Who doesn’t? Not that it isn’t important to get the right people together in a room to talk about important issues, but let’s face it, in most organizations (and by […]
China, Day Eleven: More capitalistic than any capitalist country
Part eleven in a series “China is more capitalistic than any capitalist country.” Amy, an employee at a jewelry booth in Beijing’s pearl market, strings together a strand of pearls after striking […]
China, Day Two: The business of China is business
Part two in a series From space, the road system around Shanghai must look like a bowl of Chinese noodles. But traveling on the roads themselves feels like traveling the straight and […]
Business: when goals attack!
We can probably agree that it’s good to have goals. In business, especially, it’s good to know where you’re going and to have some mechanisms that help you chart and evaluate your […]
In business, desperate times call for measured thinking
As the poet Robert Burns put it, “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men / Gang aft agley.” The common military iteration of the sentiment says that no plan, however well […]
Is a GED better than a PhD?
I come from a family background that was conflicted on the question of education. On the one hand, my grandparents (who raised me from the time I was three) realized that whatever […]
The Scholars & Rogues Manifesto: what are we doing here?
It has been alleged that Scholars & Rogues is not, strictly speaking, a political blog. Sure, we write about overtly political issues and devote our share of time to things like media […]
Nota Bene #45
Link of the Week (as opposed to the Weakest Link): In an American Prospect article, “Business as Usury,” Thomas Geoghegan writes: “Had we protected the poor and the weak, the problems of […]