Corporation

A Quote by Mystic Mike on corporation

Corporations don't starve --people do.

Mystic Mike

Contributed by: Mystic Mike

A Quote by Joel Bakan on google, evil, and corporation

I think Google's founders are both a couple of guys with some high ideals which have been to some degree reflected in the way the company has been run in terms of its having a very good workplace and good employee programs, and now that they're going public they want in some ways to be able to ensure that that kind of approach continues. So they've effectively put in place this notion of "Don't Be Evil".

Now I think there are number of problems with that. The first one is: what is evil and who is going to be deciding what evil is? You can go a long way in terms of putting in various kinds of relatively normal employment practices without it being evil. Obviously if you're paying people slave wages and whatnot that would be evil, so that's the first question, but the second and I think the more profound question is: how is that idea of "Don't Be Evil" going to fit with the legally-compelled mandate of the directors and of the managers of that company to serve the best interest of the shareholders of that company? And that I think is where the problem lies. "Don't Be Evil" is a nice kind of phrase, kind of mission statement, kind of notion. But ultimately there's a legal duty and a legal obligation on the part of the company's directors and managers to do whatever needs to be done to ensure that the best interest of the shareholders are served, and that means the best financial interest of the shareholders.

Joel Bakan

Source: Interview with Joel Bakan author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power: http://www.urbanvancouver.com/article/interviews/joel-bakan

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Joel Bakan on corporation

In the mid 1990s when I was working as a law professor at UBC, I realized that we were entering a new era in terms of corporate power largely because of the dynamics of globalization, de-regulation and privatization. I thought that it was interesting that the corporation was not just a sort of business entity making widgets and providing goods and services, it is really becoming a governing institution in the world and yet we know very little about it, as citizens. Lawyers, however, do know a lot about it. I thought it would be important to share what is almost a Masonic secret as to what the true nature of the institution is.

Joel Bakan

Source: Interview with the Corporation's Joel Bakan: http://viewfromcbu.blogspot.com/2008/02/interview-with-corporations-joel-bakan.html

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Joel Bakan on corporation

I’m not a utopian and I’m not really even a radical. I’m not saying we have to overthrow corporate capitalism and create a completely new system. That’s just not realistic, even if it were desirable. I am interested in talking about what people can do tomorrow, or next week, not in the possibility of some utopian future. And what I think people can get activated over as citizens, today and tomorrow, is trying to regain our sense of responsibility and power to actually create a reasonable balance between the creation of financial wealth in society, through corporations and their activities, and broader public interests

Joel Bakan

Source: Counter Thoughts: An Interview with Joel Bakan of The Corporation: http://www.themetropolitan.ca/story_jennchrumka_ticounterthoughtstle.php

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Rodd Wagner on rodd wagner, james k harter, gallup, management, corporation, and leadership

Human nature always defeats a big idea about how to change human nature... In the battle between company policy and human nature, human nature always wins.

Rodd Wagner

Source: 12: The Elements of Great Managing

Contributed by: Mary_C

A Quote by Joel Bakan on business, corporation, and google

I think Google's founders are both a couple of guys with some high ideals which have been to some degree reflected in the way the company has been run in terms of its having a very good workplace and good employee programs, and now that they're going public they want in some ways to be able to ensure that that kind of approach continues. So they've effectively put in place this notion of "Don't Be Evil".

Now I think there are number of problems with that. The first one is: what is evil and who is going to be deciding what evil is? You can go a long way in terms of putting in various kinds of relatively normal employment practices without it being evil. Obviously if you're paying people slave wages and whatnot that would be evil, so that's the first question, but the second and I think the more profound question is: how is that idea of "Don't Be Evil" going to fit with the legally-compelled mandate of the directors and of the managers of that company to serve the best interest of the shareholders of that company? And that I think is where the problem lies. "Don't Be Evil" is a nice kind of phrase, kind of mission statement, kind of notion. But ultimately there's a legal duty and a legal obligation on the part of the company's directors and managers to do whatever needs to be done to ensure that the best interest of the shareholders are served, and that means the best financial interest of the shareholders.

Joel Bakan

Source: Interview with Joel Bakan author of The Corporation: http://www.urbanvancouver.com/article/interviews/joel-bakan

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on corporation, business, responsibility, and corporate social responsibility

...it's always been difficult for us to lead an examined life as a corporation. I've always felt like a company has the responsibility to not wait for the government to tell it what to do, or to wait for the consumer to tell it what to do, but as soon as it finds out it’s doing something wrong, stop doing it.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: The TH Interview: Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia (Part One): http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/02/the_th_interview_yvon_chouinard.php

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Peter Barnes on triple bottom line, shareholders, business, capitalism, profit, and corporation

It is possible for a company to pursue multiple bottom lines if it’s closely held by a group of like-minded shareholders--that was the case at my former company, Working Assets. But once a corporation goes public--that is, sells stock to strangers—the die is pretty much cast. Strangers want a stock that will rise when they plunk down their money, and profit is the sure path to doing that. It’s just a matter of time, then, until the profit-maximizing algorithm kicks in.

Peter Barnes

Source: Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons (BK Currents), Pages: 53-54

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Jim Hightower on greed, profit, corporation, business ethics, and ethics

"The corporation cannot be ethical, its only responsibility is to make a profit."

Jim Hightower

Source: Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And It's Time to Take It Back, Pages: 6

Contributed by: Inukshuk

A Quote by Mitch on idea, corporation, convince, emotion, and project

When you have a great idea, sometimes the best way to make it happen within a large corporation is to convince others that it was their idea – to get them emotionally invested in the project.

Mitch Thrower

Source: "The Attention Deficit Workplace" by Mitch Thrower

Contributed by: Mitch

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