LO & Big Layoffs LO5935

Virginia I. Shafer (vshafer@AZStarNet.com)
Fri, 1 Mar 1996 10:29:35 -0700

Replying to LO5908 --

Gary Scherling wrote in his post script:

> Corporations exist to make a profit, add value to society and to
> provide jobs. The challenge today is society has become global. To
> provide value to a global society is much more complex.

It brought to mind something Charles Parry had written in this thread a
while back:

>A related thought - is not the fundamental basis of a Corporation the
formal, legally sanctioned, avoidance of personal >liability? Seems to me
this is a ground floor disconnect and as a disallowal of directors/managers
being personally >tied to consequences, really sets the stage for everything
built upon it to contain this subject-object split, >NON-systemic way of
seeing. Seems that, among other things, incorporation means a liscence to
put *others* >(employees and other non-incorporated people) at risk.

So, all I can see is the disconnect between one person's understanding of
the corporation as a profit-making, value- adding employer and another
person's view of the corporation as a structure within which individuals
can avoid responsibility. Gary, Charles, help me to understand your
perspectives better. To provide value to any society, an organization
should be "response-able" to the members of that society.


Ginger Shafer The Leadership Dimension "Bringing Leadership to Life" vshafer@azstarnet.com

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