Facebook’s identity lock-in

27. May 2010

Freitag, 21. Mai 2010, 22:38:06, Nick Carr’s blog.

“You’re invisible now, you’ve got no secrets to conceal.” -Bob Dylan
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a knack for making statements that are at once sweeping and stupid, but he outdoes himself with this one: You have one identity … Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity. This is, at the obvious level, a clever and cynical ploy to recast the debate about Facebook’s ongoing efforts to chip away at its members’ privacy safeguards. Facebook, Zuckerberg implies, isn’t compromising your privacy by selling personal data to corporations; it is making you a better person….

What’s the Simplest Thing That Could Possibly Work?

27. May 2010

Montag, 24. Mai 2010, 16:52:09 | amcafee

A little while back, an Enterprise 2.0 evangelist from a huge multinational tech company came to see me. He showed me their tools for social networking, blogging, group formation, tagging, & etc. They all looked pretty good; if they’d made any mistakes in designing the user interface or experience, I couldn’t spot them.

I asked him how the rollout was going. As best I can remember, he said something like “Progress is slower than I’d like. I don’t know why more people aren’t doing more. I think part of it is that we have a huge Intranet, and these tools can be hard to find. I think a lot of our people aren’t even sure they exist.” Read the rest of this entry »

SAP Co-CEOs Chart a Bold New Course

22. May 2010

Na ja, when eine Wertediskussion “Nonsense” ist und umgebracht werden muss, könnte auch zu hinterfragen sein, ob man mit einem soilchen Unternehmen noch Geschäfte machen muss?! (hfk)

Date: 22-05-2010  Source: Businessweek

Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe have been cutting red tape and shaking up management practices—even before the company’s big Sybase acquisition 

One of the first things SAP co-Chief Executive Officers Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe did after taking over in February was to kill a long-running executive examination into corporate values. 

The project was typical of the German business-software maker: top managers spending hours deliberating their approach to business.

“Companies that are too internally focused are sick,” McDermott said. “There’s nothing healthy about being obsessed with your own internal nonsense. If there was a project that built bureaucracy into the company or required people to think about our internal stuff, we’ve killed those projects.” Read the rest of this entry »

Muhammad Yunus: Social Business

12. May 2010

Das neue Buch von Muhammad Yunus ist vergangene Woche erschienen:

Social Businesses werfen Nutzen statt Gewinn ab – Das von Friedensnobelpreis-träger Yunus vorgelebte Wirtschaftskonzept fasst auch in Österreich Fuß

Verkehrte Welt im wirtschaftlichen Denken: Oberste Priorität hat der Nutzen für die Menschen, nicht – wie gewohnt – der Profit. Diese Idee greifen Social Businesses auf. Maßgeblich entwickelt hat dieses Wirtschaftskonzept Friedensnobelpreisträger Muhammad Yunus. Es ist ein Geschäftsmodell, das auf die innovative Lösung sozialer Probleme mit unternehmerischen Mitteln abzielt – und das langfristig. In Österreich gibt es ein paar große Vorreiter, die zeigen wie es funktionieren kann und eine neu eröffnete Plattform bietet Raum für kleinere Unternehmen. Read the rest of this entry »

Erfolgsfaktor Entsorgung

7. May 2010

Helmut A. Gansterer im Trend 05/2010 u.a. über Helmut F. KARNER’s entlernen.

Trend 05_2010 Gansterer u.a. über Karner

The corruption eruption

2. May 2010

   Date: 02-05-2010
 Source: The Economist

Saying “no” to corruption makes commercial as well as ethical sense

IT IS 15 years since Moisés Naím coined the memorable phrase “corruption eruption”. But there is no sign of the eruption dying down. Indeed, there is so much molten lava and sulphurous ash around that some of the world’s biggest companies have been covered in it. Siemens and Daimler have recently been forced to pay gargantuan fines. BHP Billiton, a giant mining company, has admitted that it may have been involved in bribery. America’s Department of Justice is investigating some 150 companies, targeting oil and drugs firms in particular.

The ethical case against corruption is too obvious to need spelling out. But many companies still believe that, in this respect at least, there is a regrettable tension between the dictates of ethics and the logic of business. Bribery is the price that you must pay to enter some of the world’s most difficult markets (the “when in Rome” argument). Bribery can also speed up the otherwise glacial pace of bureaucracy (the “efficient grease” hypothesis). And why not? The chances of being caught are small while the rewards for bending the rules can be big and immediate.

When in Rome, behave like a Swede

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