Why ignore the valuable lessons of world events?On 13 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The reaction from some readers to last week’s Comment appears to suggestsome topics in the present international crisis should be off limits. PersonnelToday supports the article and I stand by our decision to publish it. It is worth adding that similar issues have been discussed elsewhere in themedia. The Guardian, for example, has published an article comparing theefficiency of the Al Qaeda network with that of the West’s intelligenceservices. Personnel Today, together with all decent people, abhors the actions of theterrorists on 11 September. Since the events of that day the magazine hasproduced a wealth of coverage of the attack and analysis of its repercussions.The CIPD, of which John Philpott is the chief economist, has also put everyeffort into mitigating against the dire effects of the tragedy. In the piece the author makes it clear that he opposes the fanatical goalsand values of the terrorists. He is clear that the use of the high-performanceorganisational model to support the objective of mass murder is completelywithout justification. The author’s point is that Bin Laden’s devastatingly effective network maybe based on management theory he learned in the West, and it is ironic thatmost western organisations have not adopted similarly effective models. Theauthor does not condone the strategy of the terrorists, as one correspondentsuggests, he explicitly separates the issue of organisational structure fromthat of strategy. Another objection is that it is insensitive or tasteless to consider theterrorist attack from the angle of management theory and organisationaleffectiveness. Surely in a democracy it is appropriate to look at world eventsfrom every possible angle provided you do nothing to diminish or trivialise theexperience of the victims. A further objection is that it was inappropriate to use a provocativeheadline and a picture of Bin Laden to promote the article on the front page.Our purpose was clearly to draw attention to the article and it achieved thataim. As we fully support the article, we make no apology for making sure it gotnoticed. Related posts:No related photos.