October 27, 2013

ROWE (cont.)

Continuing my last blog, I realise that transaction into ROWE not just requires revolutionary change of the internal organisation culture, but of the culture of the society the organisation lives in.

ROWE is valued very differently in different societies. This is decided by the elements and values within the society, including, for example, the education system, religion, economic and political reasons, and market structures etc. Out of all these aspects, I would assume that education is the most fundamental reason for any social structure and value. To introduce ROWE into the society and its companies and have it accepted by its people would possibly have to start first by introducing the philosophy behind ROWE into that society. This is a meaningful step for the development of the whole society for the following reasons:

1. -Thinking outside of the box: ROWE as its name suggests focuses on results only, and does not force any particular process of achieving that results to its people. Therefore, it provides great freedom for people to decide whichever routes they are intend to take, and to encourage them to brainstorm the most effective and efficient working way. This is not only important in organisations, but would be a general benefit if the society adopts this thinking logic.

2. -Encourages respects to individuals. Organisations that use ROWE are giving freedom and space to employees, they respect that each individual may have its own working patterns and habits, and any employees may have to deal with unexpected personal issues outside of work. The philosophy behind this is that every individual should be respected and understood, rather than used as robots. ROWE, to a certain degree, promotes human right development.

3. -ROWE is not only about completing missions. It is about creating values. Creation shows development. It is not only needed inside organisations, but also in the improvement of a society.

Start from education. Change how people think and believe about management. That is important, and that change will then be fundamental and would last and change the society structure and value.

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