Globalization and Proliferation of U.S. Culture

                Samir Moussa, a musician in Sandfly, is a perfect specimen of globalization.  With Lebanese and Columbian roots and ties to both cultures while living in Washington, DC, traveling to both countries, and getting exposure in different cultures with different religions and different ideologies sculpted him.  Other international friends grew closer to him and formedContinue reading “Globalization and Proliferation of U.S. Culture”

Womenomics and Jordan

            Lack of women’s rights are statistically linked to poverty.  In fact, in many countries without gender inequality, women are not able to get education or legal representation, in addition to employment, creating a situation where women are significantly poorer than men, often while having to support children (Globalization101, n.d., p.17).  Jordan is a countryContinue reading “Womenomics and Jordan”

Carthage and Rome

            Nearly equal in power, nearby in proximity, and separated only by Mediterranean Sea, Carthage and Rome were two growing Empires in one small region.  Syria and Macedonia were also growing powers in the region, making the Mediterranean a stew of conflict (Morey, 1901, Ch.14).  Carthage and Rome had different focuses:  Carthage on trade andContinue reading “Carthage and Rome”

Six Sigma’s Effect on Shareholder Value

                According to the dated 2001 Fortune Magazine article on Six Sigma, there is little shareholder value in Six Sigma and it has little effect on stock price.  Lee Clifford argues that Six Sigma is hokey and may improve quality, but has negligible upside to the investor (Clifford, 2001).  It is important to note that,Continue reading “Six Sigma’s Effect on Shareholder Value”

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Employment

            Emergent technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, 3-D printing, and smart sensors, and unmanned vehicles threaten the job market.  While these technologies are innovative and great for productivity, safety, and accuracy, the big concern people have is about their jobs.  This is a valid concern, as these technologies will likely replace many jobs around theContinue reading “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Employment”

Events Leading Up to Rome’s Plebeian Revolt

            The people of Rome were divided into two classes of citizens: the aristocratic patricians and everyone else, known as the plebeians.  These classes had an unequal distribution of power similar to the current class war in the late-stage capitalism United States between the 1% and the average citizen.  This is also similar to theContinue reading “Events Leading Up to Rome’s Plebeian Revolt”

Quality and Ritz-Carlton

            Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was a recipient of the 1992 and 1999 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA), which is the first hotel which was awarded this award (Ritz-Carlton News Room, n.d.).  The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program are managed by NIST, under the U.S. Department of Commerce, withContinue reading “Quality and Ritz-Carlton”

People or Processes? How to Achieve Quality

                If an organization wanted to achieve excellence, it should focus on its people.  Such an organization should develop and motivate its people to drive quality through a cultural change toward delivering customer value and continuously improving and learning.  That cultural change in people means that the people of the company will then improve theContinue reading “People or Processes? How to Achieve Quality”

Criticisms of Austerity Policies

                The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are intergovernmental institutions that came out of the Bretton-Woods Agreement.  Since both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are both organizations of the United Nations (headquartered in New York), criticism of both is that they further the agenda of the United States andContinue reading “Criticisms of Austerity Policies”

EFQM Excellence Model and Sustainability

                The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model seems similar to Deming’s Total Quality Management (TQM) in that it defines a quality improvement culture.  Both TQM and EFQM have similarities in that they consider themselves, processes, and organization-wide management frameworks (Knowles, 2011, p.16,46).  Both systems provide a path for improvement.  Deming’s Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) isContinue reading “EFQM Excellence Model and Sustainability”