When an eminent Financial Times journalist recently questioned the institution of the British Monarchy and suggested referenda on this matter,readers predictably polarised into the ‘traditional’ and ‘revolutionary’ extremes.A similar reaction would be likely to occur on a proposition to remodel political party based elections despite the growing apathy and abstentions seen at elections everywhere (particularly among the young).And yet,at the same time,companies claim it is necessary( ?) for them to make more and more frequent changes
(often at great cost), to respond to the changing environment.
There are two issues to debate: firstly why should change be applicable in some areas and not in others,and secondly,why do people so often view change as essentially a movement from one extreme to another :from communism to capitalism,from state owned to privatised etc.The chaos in Russia and the problems of Railtrack in the UK are but two examples of the consequences of such an approach which may cause as many new problems as it solves existing ones.
The proposition being made is
that EVERY activity should be open to re-examination and
towards an optimum rather than a dogmatic modification based on a cool-headed
and balanced approach: "What do we want to achieve & What is the best way of going about it ".
The outcome could be minor change,major change,-or, in a few cases,even no change at all !
As well as a re-examination of
activities,it is also necessary to review many of the previously
used objectives (largely based on revenue & efficiency), particularly to take account
of recent sociological /ecological constraints.
Typical examples are constantly increasing targets for passengers at airports,for volumes of cars on congested / polluted roads,productivity measures in terms of goods produced per worker (rather than simply at lowest unit cost) which could help deal with inefficient industries by means other than massive redundancies (big problem in Eastern Europe at the moment).
Some of the above topics may
be further researched and discussed on this site in the future.