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December 02, 2007

The practice of Excellence Models in multi–national companies(?)

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World map with the sizes of land area relative to the country's GDP wealth - from Worldmapper

Apparently, I put a question mark there in the title because I am not really sure myself. And I just don't seem to be able to find the answer to that.

This question came up to me as I was pondering about in the EFQM manual and how it can be applicable in my home country (Thailand) a few days ago. To my knowledge and what we have concluded in one of our PPE seminars back a few weeks ago, I gathered that probably the most influential factor in the selection of an excellence model to use as a guideline is a geographical one.That seemed logical to me at the time but what about those multi-national companies that have their branches operating pretty much in every corner of the globe?

Is it possible that they practise different models accordingly to their geographical location? If so, then how would they have a shared vision of the future - because I believe that even though every excellence model are very similar at the core of their principles, "similar" means that there are still differences and these difference (though it can be ridiculously small) will result in a different vision. To some companies this may not be a problem but big companies just cannot stand to risk anything just because it is regarded as insignificant due to the multitude of money associated with the operations of these companies.

Now, to hypothesise from the other side of the possibilities, it may be that these companies stick to just "one" model and use it regardless of where the branch is located. While this may solve the above mentioned problem, another one arises. How would the company comply with the model that the particular country - where the company's branch is located in  - is using? I have a feeling that there is probably a simple answer to it but I just cannot come up with any - gotta blame the gloomy Sunday morning.


November 29, 2007

RE < C

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Yesterday Google announced RE<C (Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal) which is its initiative to develop electricity from renewable energy sources wherein the aim is to make it cheaper than coal. I am happy to see big companies jumping on the green bandwagon since, considering the level of damage we are doing to this planet, every little bit helps. And considering the size of Google, its claim of pouring tens of million into R&D and possibly hundreds of million on investment to follow up doesn't seem too far fetched at all. However one would have to understand that even though Google's motto is "Don't Be Evil", there is just no way that it would be doing anything feel-good whilst not making tons of money from it. This is not to say that Google is not doing "good", in contrary, it is doing good and and the same time taking care of its "society results" with the image boost that will definitely come with this - What's not to like there?

So, in relations to academic matters, I believe Google will contribute a large chunk of case studies for my dissertation project which, apparently, is about renewable energy and its effect on the use of EFQM. It may not seem very clear at the very start how this will link to other elements in EFQM apart from "society results" but I hope it will be come clear as I dig deeper into the subject matter.

PS. Want to save the earth the easy way? Try Blackoogle. Blackoogle saves energy due to its prodominantly black screen. An all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts. Taking that Google has roughly  200 million queries a day and the page is displayed for 10 seconds,  we are talking about a power saving of 8.3 Megawatt-hours per day. Talk about little things in life!




October 21, 2007

The Wind

Saw this clip in the morning and fell in love with it. Very heart warming and at the same time it is about   something I am really interested in - renewable energy. I believe that renewable energy is the way of the future that is, unfortunately, underappreciated in most parts of the world. Having watched the clip I then looked up the company's website and found out that the company not only deals with the wind but also many other renweable energy sources such as photovoltaics and bioenergy.

THIS IS MY DREAM COMPANY!!! 

Digging deeper into the site I noticed that the company's philosophy consists of many elements which I have become famaliar with in this past two weeks  such as trust, innovation, commitment to the environment and entrepreneurial spirit. I then begin to wonder if the company follows any of the excellence models or not and since the company is based in germany I suspect the model would be EFQM. After about an hour of searching the best I could come up with is an article written in German that contains the words EFQM and Voltwerk AG (the company's recently changed its name a few years back) and I do not think that is helping much.

I  really feel strongly about working in this field and I hope I can bring "excellence" into the mix. (hmm...why do I suddenly sound like I'm writing a CV or something but anyways...)

Let's just hope it's not too late to cure mother earth.


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