Garden News - OT

Adam Fikso
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:34:34 PDT
The whole MBA degree is built on a set of fictions.

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> On 17 Aug 2010, at 23:16, James Waddick wrote:
>>  Just read that Park Seed and Jackson & Perkins are up for
>> sale to the highest bidder.  These used to be the 'Gold Standard' for
>> perennials, roses and more, but now have debts well above their face
>> value...
>>  Another sign of the economy.
>>  Support your local growers.
> I'd say it's another sign that the people who run large corporations 
> simply
> don't know what they are doing. There have been endless reports of such 
> and
> such well known specialty firm being bought by Giant Humongous Ltd. Pty 
> and
> being promptly, and irretrievably, run into the ground.
> Another example from the nursery business: Dan Hinkley's Heronswood 
> Nursery,
> bought by Burpees, who then proceeded to dumb down the offerings to 
> accommodate
> buyers in the NE states who simply couldn't grow a lot of Heronswood 
> offerings.
> Other, non-horticultural examples:
> 1. The Bon Marche, a PacNW department store, bought by Macy's. Macy's 
> evidently
> does all their decision making in New York, so they no longer carry the
> everyday plaid flannel shirts commonly worn in the PacNW. And men's
> handkerchiefs are now a seasonal item sold only during the run up to 
> Christmas.
> 2. Brier's ice cream, formerly the one ice cream widely available that is 
> (was)
> made from real ingredients (notably sugar), bought by Nestle. The formulas 
> were
> immediately reworked to use cheaper ingredients, notably the pervasive 
> high
> fructose corn syrup, in (I suppose) the belief that no one would notice. I
> notice the price of Brier's hasn't gone down, but I don't buy their ice 
> cream
> anymore.
> The list is endless.
> Corporations seem to take a one-size-fits-all approach, so any kind of 
> business
> they get involved in that demands real attention to, and care for, their
> customers goes to the dogs overnight. Behind this I detect whiffs of the 
> lie
> taught to MBA students, that any MBA can manage any business.
> Sayonara, Parks. Sayonara, Jackson & Perkins.
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
> on beautiful Vancouver Island
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