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It's Broken, Let's Fix It

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This book takes a hard look at the behavior of the modern enterprise as it evolves in this increasingly complex universe. It offers a thoroughly candid analysis of the way things really worktaking the perspective of people being both the perpetrators and the victims in the corporate game. The objective of this critical analysis is to stimulate thought about the modern enterprise and its interaction with humanity and culture. In essence, to understand things and find ways to improve them. We used to have this saying: "If it ain't broken, don't fix it." It was a powerful piece of wisdom. But then, the re-engineering fashion emerged and that changed everything. This book describes the behavior of the "creature" enterprise as it evolves in an in-creasingly complex universe. What is this elusive creature really like? Are we able to understand its survival and reproduction mechanisms and its interaction with humanity and culture? The book offers a rather merciless analysis of the way things really work. It does so from a human perspective, as we, the people, are at the same time the perpetrators and the victims in the corporate game. The objective is not to indoctrinate or even convince, but to stimulate thought: Let's try to understand these things, and then find ways to improve them, without breaking more than we already have.

Klappentext
We used to have this saying: "If it ain't broken, don't fix it." It was a powerful piece of wisdom. But then, the re-engineering fashion emerged and that changed everything.
This book describes the behavior of the "creature" enterprise as it evolves in an in-creasingly complex universe. What is this elusive creature really like? Are we able to understand its survival and reproduction mechanisms and its interaction with humanity and culture?
The book offers a rather merciless analysis of the way things really work. It does so from a human perspective, as we, the people, are at the same time the perpetrators and the victims in the corporate game. The objective is not to indoctrinate or even convince, but to stimulate thought: Let's try to understand these things, and then find ways to improve them, without breaking more than we already have.

Zusammenfassung
We used to have this saying:"Ifit ain't broken, don't fix it." That was a pow­ erful piece of wisdom. It meant: "Ifsomething should, against all odds, func­ tion properly, then do not touch it, you might make things worse!" But then, the re-engineering fashion emerged, and somebody whom I used to deeply admire as one of the most brilliant teachers I ever saw at work, when he was still an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts In­ stitute of Technology (MIT), coined the phrase:"Ifit is not broken: break it!" Now that is obvious non-sense on a logical level,but is it on a social level? Society, and thus business, is driven by fashions. Some of us call it fads. There have been more of those than I care to list here. The more colorful, the moreattention it gets.Attention translates more exuberant the statement, the into book salesand lecture fees.But it does not stop there.Very obviously, the more you pay for a speaker, the higher the distribution numbers for his book, the "truer" his message must be! Wewill revisit the "strange loops" caused by recursion often in this book. Let's start with one example. Did I pay a lot for this lecture because it is good, or is it good because it is expensive? One can very easily see a mechanism here that will make us gravitate towards ever louder and shallower truths.

Inhalt
1 The Merits of Capitalism.- 2 Why Was the Winner Victorious?.- 3 Introducing Evolution.- 4 What Is Capitalism?.- 5 Contraction and Expansion.- 6 An Example, a Scenario and Some Thoughts About Them.- 7 The Enterprise.- 8 The Enterprise and the World.- 9 Commerce and Crafts.- 10 Leadership.- 11 The Selection Machine.- 12 Decisions.- 13 Excellence and Mediocrity.- 14 Courage and Bureaucracy.- 15 Pleasing the Stock Market.- 16 The Almighty Bonus.- 17 The Cost of Cost Cutting.- 18 Employees.- 19 Attention Span.- 20 Women.- 21 The Problem with Reality.- 22 The Moral Side of It All.- 23 Equilibrium and Symmetry.- 24 The Problem with Change.- 25 Fixing the Enterprise.- 26 Advice to a Young Entrepreneur.- References.

Produktinformationen

Titel: It's Broken, Let's Fix It
Untertitel: The Zeitgeist and Modern Enterprise
Autor:
EAN: 9783642086724
ISBN: 3642086721
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Genre: Volkswirtschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 300
Gewicht: 458g
Größe: H235mm x B155mm x T16mm
Jahr: 2010
Auflage: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002