“Corporate apologies: Beware the pitfalls of saying sorry”

Interesting, but somewhat cynically sounding piece on “Corporate apologies: Beware the pitfalls of saying sorry” by Jeffrey Pfeffer. (Source:  http://jeffreypfeffer.com/2015/10/corporate-apologies-beware-the-pitfalls-of-saying-sorry/). I see 2 hypotheses, which would be interesting to test empirically: a) Power -> +probability of apologizing OR b) Apologizing –> -power. Or is there a feedback loop: power (t1) –> apologizing (t2) –> power (t3)? But we should also ask: In whose interest would this kind of research be done? (I don’t have a simple answer.)

“The uber-ization of everything”

“Robert Samuel, founder of Same Ole Line Dudes, makes up to $1,000 a week to stand in line. He waits in line for Broadway shows, sample sales, tech releases and even brunch waitlists. Samuel recently spent 48 hours outside the Apple store in the Meatpacking District waiting for the iPhone 6s. He was the first in line, slept in a fold-up cot for two nights, had pizza delivered to his spot and snagged $1000 for the gig. Samuel’s business joins dozens of “Ubers” like Lugg: Uber for Movers, Doughbies On-Demand: Uber for chocolate chip cookies, Minibar: Uber for alcohol and Breather: Uber for peace and quiet — all of which essentially allow customers to buy their way to the front.” (Source: The Uber-ization of everything: These guys make $1,000 a week standing in line – Salon.com)

The comments in the media are interesting. I haven’t read all of them, but two kinds of comments seem to be frequent: 1. Hey, these guys make a lot of money. (That’s good / too much). 2. Very clever business idea.

Critical comments might be hidden somewhere in my google search results, but seem not to be very frequent.  I think of comments like this: Do we want other people standing in line for us? How does this “uber-ization” change our society by changing the moral basis? Michael Sandel is asking questions like these in his book “What Money Can’t Buy:The Moral Limits of Market” (a summary you can  find here: http://tannerlectures.utah.edu/_documents/a-to-z/s/sandel00.pdf).

(See also my post about standing in line for others in Berlin: https://employmentrelations.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/kann-ich-einen-termin-fur-die-zulassung-meines-autos-kaufen-na-klar-optimale-allokation-uber-preise).

“Participation rights in practice: what are the power bases of worker representatives at the board?”

“Workers’ right to be represented on the board (of directors, or supervisory board) of their company is so widespread in Europe that it is deemed a core element of the European social model. Yet, very little is known about how those participation rights operate in practice. This Policy Brief outlines some of the key findings of the first-ever questionnaire-based survey of worker representatives who serve on company boards in 16 European countries and in European Companies (SEs). It demonstrates that necessary conditions must be met for board-level worker representatives to be able to exert real power over corporate strategic decisions. A German version of the Policy Brief is available for free download on the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung website.”

Source: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) – Participation rights in practice: what are the power bases of worker representatives at the board ? / European Economic, Employment and Social Policy / Policy Briefs / Publications / Home