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UCD-STAFFORDBEER  October 2008

UCD-STAFFORDBEER October 2008

Subject:

Fw: failure notice

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allenna leonard <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:26:54 -0700

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> Dear All,
> 
> I've been overcommitted in other areas and so have
> barely been able to read, never mind participate in the
> recent discussions. This response will be partial but can
> perhaps add somewhat to Stafford's ideas about
> criminality.
> 
> The first point is that he didn't regard criminals as
> very different from the people in the plutocracy that always
> (and often perfectly legally) arranged matters so that they
> got the benefit and others absorbed the costs. The outright
> criminals probably did less damage because they were out in the open and
> somewhat contained by the law than the old boy networks at
> the top who feathered their own nests at the expense of
> their communities or their countries.  And, he remarked more
> than once, at least they weren't hypocrites to boot.  
> 
> He told a story about an Indian colleague who lamented his
> country's level of thievery demonstrated by the fact
> that a trainload of grain would arrive at its remote
> destination barely half full.  Stafford replied (the purpose
> of a system being what it does) that they seemed to have
> developed a very efficient distribution system for the
> grain.  
> 
> Stafford agreed with Deming that the failure is in the
> systems rather than in the individuals 9 times out of 10. 
> My colleague Bill Bradshaw with whom I worked on the audit
> projects for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
> held similar views.  If the safeguards aren't built in
> to the system, the temptation will prove to be too much -
> either to someone who is greedy and unscrupulous or to
> someone who simply has a compelling need for more money and
> no legitimate way to get it. A strong system of management
> control like the VSM makes it very difficult to cheat at a
> material level.  
> 
> In the analogy to cancer - many cancers seem to arise
> because the body depletes its toxin removing capacities or
> because its immune systems become weak.  Indeed cancer
> prevention measures include limiting exposure to toxins and
> eating lots of berries to help get rid of them.  Governance
> measures can also be designed to improve the immune systems
> of organizations not just to discourage criminality,
> political gamesmanship and internal competition but to
> reward innovation, improve transparency and foster attitudes
> of attentiveness and adaptation.
> 
> Phillip Gueddemi made a presentation at the ASC Conference
> last spring that talked about the design of black 'black
> boxes' so that both financial products (like packaged
> loans) and tangible products like processed meat and goods
> shipped in containers had such low variety filtration on the
> front end that pretty much anything could be in them.  Like
> with Schrodinger's Cat, you didn't know until you
> opened the box and/or ate the meat.
> 
> Stafford certainly did approve of the function of the
> police although he was suspicious of the forces'
> tendencies to attract people with right wing values or who
> enjoyed power for its own sake.  He was also quite worried
> about the power of technology to invade privacy and target
> people who might disagree with the powers that be.
> 
> Best,
> Allenna


      

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