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Monday, September 28, 2009

Bureaucracies Kill 

It is hard not to notice the rash of suicides at France Telecom. FT is a company the government has supported over the years and is currently engaged in a pain-sharing exercise to preserve employment. Three things are going on here-

1) the depressing effect of large bureaucracies
2) the suicide-contagion/imitation effect Malcolm Gladwell documented in "The Tipping Point"
3) the futility of such pain-sharing exercises

Very interesting. I'll return to this at some point later, I think.

4 Comments:

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Sep 28, 04:20:00 PM:

Youth unemployment hit a post war high, according to the NYPost. I would love to see pain-sharing by members of Congress.  

By Blogger Georgfelis, at Tue Sep 29, 12:30:00 AM:

4) The depressing effect of working in France and supporting a half-dozen who don't.  

By Blogger Georgfelis, at Tue Sep 29, 12:31:00 AM:

If its a rash, won't French socialized medicine cover it?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Sep 29, 12:44:00 AM:

You must be a real hoot at parties, George  

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