The Great Recesssion

Yup.  The worst economic crisis in a lifetime.  In fact, 95% of people living weren’t around  the last time something this bad happened.  It has, and will continue to have, a profound effect on everyone in the world for generations to come.  Because it has had such a profound effect, I think that we should be well educated on what happened, why it happened, and how to never let it happen again.  Thus, I chose the book entitled, “The Banking Crisis Handbook,” a compilation of many works discussing the current economic crisis.  It is an extremely detailed source for understanding the history of what precipitated the crisis, what exactly happened in late 2008 and early 2009, how we will be affected in the future, and ways to prevent this in the future.  The other nice thing about the book is that it is written for people of all levels of understanding of the crisis.  Everyone from a Wall Street banker to the layman can gain some angle of insight. Continue reading

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Googley, Googley, Googley!

Last week I wrote about the unique culture of Google. I commented on two related posts this week that also dealt with corporate cultures, specifically with their effect on employees. I commented on this post that was a broad opinion on how to engage employees during economic downturns. Economic downturns can have a severe effect on the environment and atmosphere of an organization. There are many strategies that can be implemented in order to counteract the negative sentiments brought forth by these difficult times. I had recently read on Peppercom’s website about a workshop they offer that teaches the clients how to incorporate more humor into the workplace. Peppercom is a mid-sized public relations firm in NYC. The purpose of their “humor workshop” is to teach businesses how to increase morale and improve corporate culture during economic downturns.

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Google Creates a “Buzz” in Social Networking

On Tuesday, February 9, Google introduced a new social networking service called Google Buzz.  Buzz gives Gmail users the opportunity to share statuses, photos, and videos.  Sound familiar?  This new service will be in tight competition with Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace in the social networking industry.  A New York Times article entitled “With Buzz, Google Plunges into Social Networking” explains why the popular search engine is branching out. Continue reading

Google vs. China

I decided to use this article to support our definition of an organization, more specifically their function in our modern global world.  A quick summary of the article; Google has decided to stop its censoring of its Chinese web search service.  This is a truly remarkable challenge to Chinese communism that none have issued before.  Other companies like Microsoft and Yahoo are content to censor their materials in China as long as they can sell their products and make money.  This is an out right, public challenge that an organization will not bend to a national government because what they are asking is not right.  This clearly demonstrates that although locating towards the middle of the macrological and micrological scale, organizations reach can extend to the extremes. ( in this case to the macrological extreme)   Continue reading