After a decade of downsizing and reengineering most organisations are now running close to the bone in terms of human resource levels. But this transition from traditional hierarchical structures to flat, lean, team based approaches has often left managers at a loss as to how to manage their people effectively.
Since the early 1980s the dominance of free market thinking in the industry policies of Western nations, has delivered a plethora of choice to the average consumer. Where once the consumer was faced with the choice between the cheaper, often lower quality, local product and, the far more expensive, but higher quality, foreign product, a much more even choice is now available.
In an earlier article entitled ‘An organic perspective on organisational ethics’ (AIM Management Oct 1996), I outlined an overall framework for considering ethics in an organisational perspective. The article emphasised the importance of an organisation’s Vision and Mission statements in helping to foster an overall ethical climate.
Since the crash of the stockmarket in 1987 brought an abrupt end to the carefree attitudes of the nineteen eighties, there has been an increased focus in the world on ethics and how one ought to live.
As Government funding for the Not for Profit, or Charitable, sector has decreased, organisations have sought to raise money from an increasing variety of sources to continue their work. One area which has been targeted is the corporate sector and charitable organisations have been forced to become more commercially orientated to communicate effectively with this sector.
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A collection of resources, including articles and books written by A.C. Ping, as well as links to articles on other sites.
When Tim Blair writes “The green movement is dying… diversion, exaggeration and hysteria are signs that the greens realise that they’re losing” (Opinion, The Australian Thurs Sept 5th, 2002) he’s missing the bigger picture.
In 1994 when Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected black President of South Africa he began a process of transformation which was aimed at creating an African renaissance, where all people are treated equally regardless of race, religion or gender.