Tag Archives: Finland

Week in Public Organizations, 15Jun2009


Federal culture change, evidence-based medicine, GOP policing the GOP, secrecy in the administration, auto-immune warfare, spy vs. spy, vetting at the State Dept., and fast Finns.  These were some of the stories in the organizational realm last week:

Feds to attempt culture change at GM
Evidence-based medicine succeeds in Green Bay
GOP investigates BoA, ML deal
Obama administration presses for secrecy
Terrorism labeled “auto-immune warfare”
DNI, DCIA in turf squabble
State to review vetting procedures
Finns make rules for racing

Finns make rules for racing

Org theory’s where you find it–Finnish racing edition:

Now, there are several orgtheory related points here. First and most obvious is the fact that there’s already an interesting literature on the dynamics of competitive racecar driving, as many of you will be aware. But, second, the social organization of this particular sort of Folk Rallying seems fascinating. For one thing, Finnish egalitarianism is evident in the composition of the field in the clip. For another, it seems that there is a terrific rule that keeps resource competition — the temptation to gussy up your car to give yourself an advantage — from getting out of hand. Rules such as this exist in NASCAR and other professional racing sports, of course, but they require a bunch of administrative monitoring systems which presumably would just be way too much hassle for a sport that’s not just amateur but also very informal, and meant to be fun. The solution? Every entrant’s car has a designated nominal value (1,000 Euro or whatever). At the end of the race, if another racer comes up to you and asks to buy your car for that much money, you have to sell it to them.

Nothing to add.

Week in Public Organizations, 7Jun2009


What a week.  more orgporn, gender and mentorship, playing chess with terrorists, spendthrift car companies, antitrust in high tech, black wires, Scandinavian transparency, Korean intel, tending the automotive garden, debunking Hawthorne, more car stuff, and parsing intel failure.  These were some of the stories that made the cut last week:

Forbes posts corporate orgporn
NBER study links gender gap, mentorship opportunities
Obama strategically undermines Osama
GM sends signals… but perhaps not the right ones
Tech companies under antitrust investigation
Covert agency + construction = secrecy fail
CFP: Finland builds through transparency
Scenarios for increased DPRK surveillance
Safford discusses cars, gardens
Hawthorne debunked?
Are there options for GM beyond cars?
What does “intel failure” actually mean?

CFP: Finland builds through transparency

Excellent analysis by Corporate Foreign Policy of Finland’s strategy for pulling investments:

The global economic recession has dynamically shifted corporate strategy regarding international investment. A more pragmatic approach to integration in foreign markets has been notably undertaken by MNCs looking to capitalize on a newly-formed economic landscape. Corporations looking to integrate in to Finland should therefore find themselves in a smoother and far more favorable position as a result of the economic recession’s effects to the northern European nation. The prospect of job creation plays a critical factor in cutting bureaucracy in integration. Finland’s unemployment rate last month hit a three-year high at 8.8 percent, up from 6.2 percent in April of 2008, according to the Finnish government statistics agency, and having laid their cards on the table and showing a rather poor hand, would welcome the opportunity foreign investors would provide.

I expect other European players with similar GDP (UK, Germany) will be watching closely.