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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Dave Pollard on Corporate Culture

....most jobs in large organizations are jobs:

* selling crap
* making crap
* fixing crap
* blocking customers who complain about crap from getting their money back or getting through to management
* finding people and outsourcers who will do the above crap jobs cheaper
* lobbying politicians to prevent people who are creative from competing with them, and to prevent people from suing them for their crap.

And, I might add, it's only because the organizations function in cartelized industries, each industry dominated by a handful of firms with the same pathological organizational culture, that they are able to survive without any serious competitive disability.


Blogger The Continental Op said...

"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."

--Lloyd Dobler (John Cusak), Say Anything

November 28, 2005 1:05 AM  
Blogger Vache Folle said...

I don't do any of the listed things and am proud to say that I am a complete drain on my corporate employer. I am in a "holding" company that "administers" some of the processes whereby crap gets done.

November 28, 2005 6:15 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

One word, my boy: plastics!

November 28, 2005 8:46 AM  
Blogger troutsky said...

I take the upper level of crap makers fishing so they can relax after a hard year of crap making.Though they are often exhausted from making crap, they are not unhappy with their positions, for the rewards are quite spectacular.The lower orders of crap makers all hate the upper level crap makers but they all want to be one.

November 28, 2005 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Wild Pegasus said...

As long as people keep buying crap, all that other stuff will keep going. Since people like buying crap, I don't see any of that ending any time soon.

- Josh

November 28, 2005 9:17 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...


But as long as a cartelized industry sticks to similar lines of crap, and honors the gentleman's agreement not to produce durable and easily repairable goods (not to mention using IP to suppress generic makers of spare parts for old models), the available alternatives will be restricted.

November 30, 2005 6:12 PM  

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