By Julie A. Nelson.
According to a recent New York Times article, the Primark retailing group, based in the UK and Ireland, is stepping up to the plate to aid the families of the killed and injured in last year’s Tazreen Fashion factory fire in Bangladesh. The company claims to have already delivered $3.2 million in assistance, and a spokesperson says simply “you take responsibility for the results of where your clothes are being made.” Meanwhile, however, WalMart, Sears, and other U.S. companies that were also supplied by the factory have declined to contribute to efforts to aid the victims. What gives?
By David Levy and Gail Dines.
California, the hub of the global porn industry, is considering regulations that would mandate not only the use of condoms during production shoots but also protective eyewear. Back in November 2012, voters approved Measure B in Los Angeles County, a ballot measure requiring condom use, despite strong industry lobbying against it. As part of this campaign, the industry promoted a satirical video suggesting that safety goggles and protective headgear would be next if the measure passed. But the health and safety issues affecting workers in the industry are not funny at all, given the nature of porn practices and the widespread presence of bodily fluids and fecal matter on production sets. The high prevalence of STDs and a recent outbreak of AIDS among porn performers highlights the seriousness of the situation, and after years of neglecting the health issues in this sector, OSHA is finally becoming more active.
By Stephan Manning.
If the latest report of the US Department of Labor is right then three of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. from 2010 to 2020 are nursing (30% growth), event planning (44% growth) and public relations (23% growth). But will increasing demand also result in decent pay? Today’s salary statistics suggest otherwise. According to CNNMoney and other sources, all three jobs yield around $50k annual pay on average, which seems fairly low if there is such a high demand. Not even to mention the long hours and physical, social and emotional stress nursing, event and public relations management often involves. But why is there such a gap between importance and attractiveness of these professional domains? What makes these dream jobs on paper often ‘sweat jobs’ in reality?
By Michael Johnson (PhD Student at UMass Boston, OSC Track).
Are you kidding me? You mean to tell me there isn’t at least one highly qualified female in the United States who could serve on Twitter’s board of directors? Many people have asked this question over the past few weeks. And yes, at least according to Twitter CEO Dick Costoloit, no qualified females are available for this position.
This week, we recommend articles that touch upon organizational miscues and what they can learn from each other and a ‘Boost’ to business models.
The Occupy movement could have learned a thing or two from the Civil Rights Movement (CRM): The Occupy movement, with all its zeal and popularity, allegedly had vague goals, little political buy in and an undefined end game strategy. The CRM, in contrast, did have defined goals including equality in education, with strong political support to achieve racial equality. Essentially the CRM, according to orgtheory.net ‘s article did the occupy movement reject the civil rights movement? “was… highly bureaucratic in that they set a vast apparatus (the SCLC) to collect funds, conduct litigation, and distribute resources.” The CRM adopted a structured organizational model that served them well, whereas the Occupy movement deliberately chose to be fragmented and decentralized; perhaps to their detriment.
The Boost Revolution: What would happen if a company shared ideas with its competitors, explained its strategic thought processes on social media and gave away certain services and products? According to C.V. Harquail, this is a recipe for success. In her TED talk and on her blog , she explains the profitable virtues of becoming a Boost company, which are based on three principles: 1. Boost relationships by turning competitors into partners through a shared community of commerce. 2. Boost skills by ‘working through problems out load’ on social media to share problems and solutions. 3. Boost products through ‘compound gifting’ by giving away certain products and features. Sounds strange? Maybe, but as she points out it has worked for many companies including Etsy, Dropbox, and AirBnB.
By Suhaib Riaz.
The scenario is familiar to most organizational scholars who regularly attend academic conferences, seminars, workshops etc. in our field. You walk in to a session with seemingly interesting topics and scholars, and settle in for an inspiring scientific conversation. Except that it doesn’t happen. Something stops everyone from that conversation: Publication. What should have been a conversation about knowledge-seeking quickly turns into a conversation on publication strategies.
The problem is so endemic that it is accepted as common practice; the stark contrast is only made apparent when one compares norms with other disciplines, such as the natural sciences. When I talk to scholars in natural sciences about the importance of discussions on ‘publication strategies’ in their field, I encounter genuine surprise and a polite request to explain what I mean. Apparently, in their sessions, the primary conversation is about how to get better research done. Not how to get it published. The latter remains a distant endnote. Importantly, this distinction in conversations exists despite the fact that the natural sciences are also grappling with various pressures related to productivity.
By Michael Johnson (PhD Student at UMass Boston, OSC Track).
Would you want to live just footsteps away from work? The question stayed in my mind as I read the recent Wall Street Journal article about Facebook’s plans to build a “394-unit housing community within walking distance of its offices” that will include amenities such as an “on-site café, convenience store, resort-inspired pool, rooftop entertainment deck, etc.” (Albergotti). Facebook corporate headquarters are located in Menlo Park, CA, an area with high real estate values and a shortage of housing. The lure of a one-stop work-life environment can be incredibly attractive to today’s workers who want a company that is accommodating to both their personal and professional needs. With many companies vying to attract and retain talent, Facebook is taking a popular strategy to a new level.