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Today's Big Idea: Modern Management

The Big Idea for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

While the voices of Occupy Wall Street call for a total systemic tabula rasa, large corporations are becoming ever more invested in education, environmental conservation, and other areas of social welfare, sometimes partnering with government to do so. While “the money has to come from somewhere,” this raises obvious questions about possible conflicts of interest. But barring a revolution, this process is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. 

At the same time, and on a hopeful note, the discourse around corporate management strategy is becoming more and more human-centric. Businesses are starting to realize that in the knowledge economy, attending to their employees’ complex needs for challenge, recognition, and a sense of purpose isn’t only the right thing to do – it’s also good business.



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