It´s been a strange year. Weird leaders have cropped up, citizens´ insatisfaction is mounting everywhere and societies are retrenching. I would love to see it differently, but 2019 doesn't look very auspicious. Let us hope I am wrong. Be happy if you ca
The Financial Times
– Jan 18, 2012, 7:59 AM
of the FIA business school in São Paulo Which is the best way to run a business: paternalism or meritocracy? It depends what kind of society you are operating in. Here is a tale of video production in Brazil. Joda and Radar were two…
Alfredo Behrens'In less modern countries... the socially disenfranchised are extremely vulnerable ... the Emersonian call for “self-reliance” sounds foreign enough to be untranslatable. Meritocracy is a charade, because opportunities are not equal.'
The New York Times
– Dec 8, 11:30 AM
This week I briefly trended on Twitter — a bracing experience for any columnist, because it means that you've done your job of provocation a little bit too well. In my particular case the provocation was a column about the phenomenon of…
Alfredo Behrens'the meritocratic ideal... forges an elite that has an aristocracy’s vices (privilege, insularity, arrogance) without the sense of duty, self-restraint and noblesse oblige that WASPs at their best displayed.'
A few years ago I joined a large organization in the U.S. Possibly because I was the last one in, I was allocated the worst secretarial assistance I have had in my entire life. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out what I could…
Alfredo Behrens'...in most organizations I know of, managers who make their numbers aren’t held accountable for talent management, and people can only show their dissatisfaction with a manager by leaving the organization.'
When people come together in groups, there's usually at least one member who slacks off. Whether you call it shirking or social loafing, it's a major source of misery, and it prevents teams from achieving their potential. It turns out that the…
Alfredo Behrens'It turns out that the worst offenders are American men. ... in 78 different studies of free riding in groups, they found that it was more common among men than women, and in Western than Eastern countries.'
The New York Times
– Dec 11, 5:27 PM
BUENOS AIRES — A court in Argentina on Tuesday convicted two former Ford Motor executives and sentenced them to prison for helping the country's military dictators kidnap and torture 24 workers during the 1970s. The convictions were the…
Alfredo BehrensThe car industry has come up with a lot of indecency. Now the Ford Argentina case, preceded by similar Volkswagen practices in Brazil, suggests management practices have been at fault for very long in too many places. Should b-schools retract degrees?
ART + marketing
– Sep 1, 2013, 11:37 AM
Actually, design and art could not be more apart even if they tried. Throughout the history there have been numerous incidents where art in its many forms was deemed problematic and was under attack by at least one group. Someone always has…
Alfredo Behrens'Juicy Salif, the iconic juice squeezer is not design. Yes, it can squeeze juice, but anyone can see that there are just too many elements here which make this tool be impractical and inefficient. '