Research and visual aids for MGT

This is a running list of images and video for the MGT storyline by Robert Lyons, first workshopped in October 2012 at HERE in New York City; then presented in February 2013 at HERE’s Culturemart festival. EPISODE 1. GAME SHOW Game show style and aesthetic of the old Bob Barker The Price is Right? Or Family Feud … Continue reading

German and Japanese Stakeholder Capitalism

People in Germany and Japan…do not have quite the same views about money and motives as Gordon Brown and Bill Clinton have. They tend to believe that, although money is a splendid thing to have, and few people would not put themselves out to get some, if you want to know why people work hard, … Continue reading

I need to be subsidized

Interstitial (trading round) videos

T.1 (preshow) Robert: introductory promo video playing (on loop?) at start MEDIA SAMPLES: COMPANY AD, TRAILER   T.2 (after E.1) Erin: maybe about the Currency Industry? Showing what money is, the different aspects of it? Or a rudimentary econ lesson about how money moves etc (like the Banking YouTube videos we found?) Have this conversation … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Day of Works-in-Progress Showing

What an action packed Sunday it turned out to be for our final Workshop day! The afternoon began in the Mainstage space with a quick French lesson from Kristin as Mari and Caitlin tried their hand at Robert’s rewrites for the French Art Film scene in the Management storyline. Choosing between a scene entirely in … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management and Owners Day 3

This morning we worked on the Management track with writer Robert. We began by reading the new French art film scene Robert wrote during his day off from rehearsal. We also watched the first scene of LOVE CRIMES as inspiration for this scene. Then Kristin got to work staging with Caitlin & Mari. The shape … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management Day 2

Today we started by reading through the scenes to hear the edits Robert had made, and the entirely new scenes two and four which he wrote yesterday. Jane, our composer, joined us today so we were able to delve into how the sound and lights might help us see the office set through Brenda's sensationalized … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management Day 1

Writer Robert Lyons brought in five and a half brand new scenes investigating the Management Track in the company which we read through and discussed. Everyone relished in each scene’s complete genre change-up while at the same time offering colorful reflections on office politics. The actors played scenes in an interrogation room, a game show, … Continue reading

Warren Buffett — Letters to Shareholders

From the 2011 letter: Positive updates: The primary job of a Board of Directors is to see that the right people are running the business and to be sure that the next generation of leaders is identified and ready to take over tomorrow. We view [our] holdings as partnership interests in wonderful businesses, not as … Continue reading

GE: Six Sigma

From GE’s website: Today’s competitive environment leaves no room for error. We must delight our customers and relentlessly look for new ways to exceed their expectations. This is why Six Sigma Quality has become a part of our culture. First, What is Six Sigma? First, what it is not. It is not a secret society, … Continue reading

Six Sigma

Six Sigma is a business management strategy, originally developed by Motorola in 1986. Six Sigma became well known after Jack Welch made it a central focus of his business strategy at General Electric in 1995, and today it is widely used in many sectors of industry. Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the … Continue reading

Total Quality Management

Total quality management (TQM) is the idea that controlling quality is not something that is left exclusively to the “quality controller”, a person who stands at the end of a production line checking final output. It is (or it should be) something that permeates an organisation from the moment its raw materials arrive to the … Continue reading

Quality Circles

A quality circle is a volunteer group composed of workers, usually under the leadership of their supervisor, who are trained to identify, analyze and solve work-related problems and present their solutions to management in order to improve the performance of the organization, and motivate and enrich the work of employees. When matured, true quality circles become self-managing, having gained the confidence of management. … Continue reading

Shared Decisionmaking

notes on Dube, Arindrajit and Richard B. Freeman, “Complementarity of Shared Compensation and Decision-Making Systems: Evidence from the American Labor Market” in Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options. Eds. Douglas L. Kruse, Richard B. Freeman, Joseph R. Blasi. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). ______________________________________ In their research, … Continue reading

TIME’s Top 10 CEO Scandals

Kenneth Lay, Enron In some ways, Kenneth Lay was Enron. Lay helped create the company in 1985; by 2000, he had turned it from a simple natural-gas corporation into an energy-trading giant worth $68 billion. But much of that money was based on shady accounting practices and losses not recorded in its financial statements. Investment analysts began … Continue reading

Corporate Governance: Stakeholder Theory

Comparative studies of corporate governance: Anglo-Saxon (Shareholder) model vs. German/Japanese Stakeholder model. Notes from Allen, Franklin and Douglas Gale. “A Comparative Theory of Corporate Governance.” Anglo-Saxon corporate governance (US, UK) is based on the Adam Smith model of organizing the economy. “The role of the firm in society is precisely to create wealth for shareholders … Continue reading

Nucor Employee Relations Philosophy

Our relations with employees are based on these four clear-cut principles: Management is obligated to manage the company in such a way that employees will have the opportunity to earn according to their productivity. Employees should feel confident that if they do their jobs properly, they will have a job tomorrow. Employees have the right … Continue reading

More about Iverson and Nucor

Security Printing Risks

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). There are a number of risks involved in the security printing process, which must be managed by the printer. The security printer and supplier have a responsibility to operate under best practices in order to ensure the safety, health, … Continue reading

What does it take to be a security printer?

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). A carefully customized security system should incorporate the following attributes: It should respond to the threats the customer is facing. The supplier therefore needs to have a comprehensive understanding of the type of counterfeits that are found in the … Continue reading