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Organizing for Success: Organization Theory and the Stage-Gate Innovation Process

Introduction

In today’s globalized world where information flows freer than ever before, the current generation of consumers is more discerning than any other generation in the past. There are more competitors in any given industry. Companies that fail to innovate, or fail to innovate at a fast enough pace face the threat of going out of business. However, it is not just enough to be innovative; almost half of the resources that are used for the research, development, and launch of new products go to products that never make it.

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Alternative Newspaper Models

In the past two parts of my series, I have examined the organizational structure of a newspaper (the Bucknellian) and the problems facing the industry. In short, the newspaper industry is losing readers to the internet, while its print advertising revenues are decreasing quickly. In order to survive, the newspaper industry is going to have to change. Continue reading

Virtual Worlds Paper: WordPress Has Some Awesome Tools…

Hey Everyone! Here is a copy of my paper on VWs if anyone is interested. I am using WordPress as a tool to convert to HTML.

            Every once in a while a new type of organization comes along and changes the way that the world works. In the past these have included guilds, schools, and corporations. Today the new type of organization is not tangible, but rather lies within the depths of our computer screen. The organization type that I am talking about is Continue reading

The Slow Food Movement and Concluding Thoughts

The Slow Food movement began in 1986 on the historical Spanish Steps in Rome as a protest against a McDonald’s. The founders were not concerned that McDonald’s would be competitive with the upscale restaurants frequented by the upper/middle-class, but they feared the safety of little places serving local delicacies. The mission of Slow Food was to spread a new attitude of taste guided by the attitude that people should have the right to taste. Other objectives included spreading knowledge of “material culture” (every product reflects its place of origin and production technology), preserving the craft-based food production, and protecting the historical and artistic heritage of traditional foods. (Miele, 2006) In efforts to do so, they have created an “Ark of Taste” along with awards for biodiversity of cuisine. (Pilcher, 2008: 405) Continue reading

McDonald’s in Beijing

The story of McDonald’s in Beijing is a little different than in Japan or Hong Kong. For starters, the first restaurant did not come for another twenty years after the McDonald’s in Japan opened. Also, the conversation turns into one concerning social space. Even truer than in Japan, Beijing consumers do not admire fast food for its taste or for the speed in which it is consumed.  Yunxiang Yan (2008) studied on the one hand, how spatial context shapes consumers’ behaviors and social relations, and how, on the other hand, consumers appropriate fast-food restaurants into their own space. Continue reading

McDonald’s in Hong Kong

McDonald’s arrived in Hong Kong in 1975. Due to strong cultural views about food, similar to those of the Japanese, the success was surprising. People questioned whether the triumph of the fast food industry meant the local culture was under siege. Anthropologist James Watson set out to find if the food chains were helping to create a homogeneous “global” culture better suited to the demands of a capitalist world.

The conception of fast food was already present in Hong Kong before the entrance of McDonald’s. Time is money and consequently, an entire industry had already been built to deliver mid-day meals directly to workplaces in Hong Kong. The rise of McDonald’s during the 1970’s paralleled the conversion of the nation-state from a modest industrial economy to a booming financial and technological market. A new class of educated, affluent consumers subsequently followed. Before the public accepted McDonald’s as an ordinary meal, the organization fought to compete with the local restaurants by offering American culture in a package. (Watson, 1997) Continue reading