I saw a most interesting iterview of Peter Drucker in Wired a few months
>There is another aspect that this discussion is overlooking. There has
>been enormous growth in companies around the world. In my IT world,
>companies like Intel, MicroSoft, Oracle and dozens of others have grown
>from nothing in barel 15 years.
He said that the Computer Industry had not * overall * made ANY profits
over the past 20 or so years. And I recall that he mentioned a number of
others (recent example: airlines) that had been losing money as a global
industry. For the ones that win, there are many others that lose because
of the intense competitiveness and suboptimizing that occurs).
I didn't save the article and don't remember the specifics -- assumming
the numbers to be right (and why not, the man has offered interesting food
for thought many times), -- it does give rise to some interesting issues
in a "prisoner's dilemma - type real world."
May we live in interesting times,
"Dr. Scott J. Simmerman" <74170.1061@CompuServe.COM>
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