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mamallama
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Re: Boooh

Soenda wrote:

In some schools of thought, the corporations is seen to be a special
sort of community member. After all, the corporation draws its
workforce from the community, it benefits from many of the same
public services that others in the community do, Ultimately, there
may well be clients and customers from that community who purchase
the corporation's goods and services. So why not, the people who
believe this say, should the corporation function as a responsible
member of the community.

You see companies carrying out their perceived responsibilities by
participating in community fund raising campaigns, by making it
possible for workers to have time and opportunities to volunteer in
the community, etc.

You can quickly see that a corporation belongs to many communities,
with different responsibilities to each. Examples might be the
community of workers and management, the community of employers in a
given location, or the industry community including other
corporations that do and sell the same things.

It's believed that the corporation functions best when it tends to
its responsibilities to all these related groups.

Most corporations today also have mission and values statements,
which enumerate the ways that the company intends to maintain its
integrity through the actions of all employees. (Enron had a
particularly thorough values statement that was posted on the web a
long time after the company had crumbled. At least the intention was
there.)

Protecting free speech is a value, but not one I would expect most
corporations to adopt. They'd be more likely to pledge to vigorous
communications among the various ranks in the company's hierarchy,
honesty, and to offer goods and services with real value to
consumers. There are lots of parallels between corporate culture and
military thinking. Traditionally, corporate employees work in well
defined hierarchies with clear chains of command. There is not a lot
of room for free speech in such set ups.

In short, corporations, as well as other type companies, are like people - some good, some bad. After all, they are run by people.

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