Symbiosis in LOs LO11485

Roxanne S. Abbas (75263.3305@CompuServe.COM)
18 Dec 96 07:06:49 EST

Replying to LO11339 --

Richard Berger asked of me:

>What if your release of a company's trade secrets would have a likely
>affect of destroying a small company that you had been consulting with?
>Would you guard the secret and along with it the company and the
>livelihoods of its employees? Or, would you on principle release the
>secret in order to "support learning" to the company's competitors?

As a human resources consultant specializing in Compensation and
Performance Management, I have little exposure to a company's "trade
secrets" and very seldonly work with organizations that are in direct
competition in their product market. However, they are very often in
competitive labor markets.

The type of information that I share across organizations relates to
organizational effectiveness practices. I may describe how a client has
replaced individual bonuses with a gainsharing program to shift employee
focus from individual results to organizational results. I often arrange
meetings among my clients to discuss what they are doing to develop a team
based organization or to encourage cultural change. Because of the nature
of my work, I have not had to be concerned with the more sensitive issues
related to "trade secrets".


Roxanne Abbas

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