Universal liberty

Written by Josie Olsen on December 2nd, 2009

In The Science of Success, Charles Koch does an excellent job at providing a systematic view of MBM, the foundation of his industry. The book clearly and conisely teaches effective groundwork to be laid for any organization. Yet Charles Koch acknowledges that “every organization has its own culture,” (p 79) meaning every business and every country has too wide an array of variables to enforce a general guideline unless that general guideline was to in fact avoid formulaic status quos. Has Koch really created a generlized model? Perhaps to its greatest potential extent, yes. But to create a generalized model of “success” that can be applied to societies, organizations, and individuals is wishful thinking.

Take Koch’s own organization into account; his company promotes devolved decision making and entreprenuership.   However, when oil spills in six states in 2000 led to record civil fines, corporate headquarters seized direct control over their environmental policies rather than letting individual directors explore the market to find solutions and inspire innovation. This demonstrates that the principles put forth in his book cannot always be maintained, even in his own ideals through his company.  Organizations, countries, and people are distinctive. Universal liberty may not always be broadly applied.


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