Management theory and history Pt. 1: Classical Management Theory,articleId-8851.html Given the scale of most commercial operations and the lack of mechanized record-keeping and recording before the industrial revolution, it made sense for most owners of enterprises in those times to carry out management functions by and for themselves. But with growing size and complexity of organizations, the split between owners (individuals, industrial dynasties or groups … Continue reading

FORTUNE’s brief history of the CEO (selections)

[from] Tyrants, Statesmen, and Destroyers (A Brief History of the CEO) Today’s disgraced chieftains are the product of 100 years of evolution. By Jerry Useem November 18, 2002 (FORTUNE Magazine) – Like any of today’s chief executives, John Jacob Astor did his best to stick to a strict daily schedule. As the leading merchant of … Continue reading

History of marketing thought (a start)

[from various parts of — multiple pages] In particular, the study of marketing led sellers to recognize that adopting certain strategies and tactics could significantly benefit the seller/buyer relationship. In the old days of marketing (before the 1950s) this often meant identifying strategies and tactics for simply selling more products and services with little regard for … Continue reading

I just want to say one word to you. Glass.

So I’ve been thinking about what the product/industry of our company might be, as I mentioned previously.  An industry that has a long enough history to span our company’s lifespan; something pretty mundane to begin with, but with interesting developments over its course, evolving in unexpected ways. (The observation in Mickelthwait & Wooldridge about how … Continue reading

NYSE — historical triva

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is a stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, USA. It is by far the world’s largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$13.39 trillion as of Dec 2010. Average daily trading value was approximately US$153 billion in 2008. The NYSE is operated by NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX), which was formed by the NYSE’s 2007 merger with the fully … Continue reading

Thoughts on the story of our Company

What are these 8 moments in life of company? (moments of crisis, change, forks in road etc) • limited liability, brings outside investors in rather than just owner/partner investors.  [Is this the equivalent of the IPO in modern parlance?] • change from owner-managers to non-owner managers, creation of the “agency problem.” • some moment having to do … Continue reading

Company name changes

Trivial thing, but a little marker: The ways in which a Company’s name evolves very 19th century, pedestrian naming scheme, named after what it does and who does it (Smithson Iron Works or whatever) very grandiose variation on that — National Biscuit Company making amalgamated words — National Biscuit Company > Nabisco more recently in terms of mergers, … Continue reading

Meeting—22 November 2011

In attendance: David Kristin History of a Company idea 6 GROUPS: Overall narrative of the show is the history of a (fictional) company, told from the standpoint of six different “stakeholders” in the company Different groups that have a stake in how the company is valued / what is valuable about the company owner management … Continue reading

William Cohan talk, “Money & Power”

Why does Wall St. keep doing this to us? this is NOT a “once in a hundred years” thing, as they like to say it is par for the course, BUSINESS AS USUAL Goldman-Sachs has been around for a LONG time, 120+ years in that time has been involved in MANY law suits, indictments, ponzi … Continue reading

First big meeting—18 Oct 2011: space

In attendance: David Kristin Space Trading posts — MULTIPLE? YES, one for each show So whomever is manning the Post only has to keep track of a single show’s tickets (in terms of price fluctuations, number of tickets available, etc) Will need a way of consolidating all of this information from 6 or 7 Posts into … Continue reading