American management practices vs kernel development
Posted May 9, 2008 17:15 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Quotes of the week
Parent article: Quotes of the week
Now I am a big pro-capitalist guy ... Industry works because the workers are so good at what they do.
Looks like a pretty abrupt switch from Smith to Marx. A capitalist would say industry works because the people with the money spend it so wisely.
In particular, my impression of the internal competition concept isn't that it encourages people who would otherwise do poor work to do good work (which I agree is silly) so much as that it separates the naturally good workers from the naturally poor and eliminates the latter (from this work).
I wonder how you address the fact that the free market apparently selects these horrible American management practices -- i.e. companies that use them apparently give people more of what they want than their competitors who don't, resulting in the former having the money to continue and the latter going out of business. (I assume the management practices you mean to refer to are those that are the norm in the largest corporations)
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