How big corporations are run like China

by Volker Weber

There are striking similarities:

  1. There is a strong firewall around it.
  2. Information that goes in and out is tightly controlled.
  3. Also, there are strict controls who can see what.
  4. Dissent might hurt your career.
  5. Leaders should not be questioned.
  6. Leadership determines what is inappropriate information.
  7. Looking at inappropriate material can get you in trouble.
  8. Publishing inappropriate material may deprive you of all your rights.

This list is probably incomplete.


9. The working class only pays lip service to leaders.

10. Workers are expendable.

Charles Robinson, 2007-08-31

Wow! I sure am glad IBM (where I work) isn't like that!

Bob Balaban, 2007-09-01

C'mon, we all know who you are talking about. No need to be shy now.

Kieren Johnson, 2007-09-01

Kieren, I worked for quite a few big corporations. The one you seem to "know" is not amongst them. But if you recognize patters from Dilbert, your company may be run like China. :-)

Volker Weber, 2007-09-01

11. They rely on a system of central planning and 5-year-plans that might not be touched, regardless of the facts and will always be overfulfilled, no matter what.

Armin Roth, 2007-09-01

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