Love in Corporate Life? What Balderdash

Would a corporation be willing to sacrifice their market share for a new competitor? Only if they have an interest in the new competitor, implying there really is no sacrifice.

It is recognition of perverse incentives generated by inability to demand love from corporations that has led to labor laws that protect employees, laws that protect labor mobility, and product standards that are enforced by Governments.

While love cannot be demanded of corporations, the same cannot be said of Governments. Governments by definition are expected to love their citizens or residents, as such are required to protect them from exploitation.

It is Governments that introduce “Ethics Love” into interactions within corporations via protections afforded employees, and between corporations via enforcement of patents, copyrights, ISBNs, product quality claims etc. It is partly for these reasons that though imperfect, the USA and United Kingdom remain the best examples of Democracies. While countries of Western Europe and Scandinavia have similar mechanisms in place, such mechanisms typically have been developed within context of some notion of Socialism, as opposed to arising as outcomes of Democratic institutions required for moderation of corporate behavior within market based economies.

How well do you think your Government is doing on the protections dimension? To what extent are the failures of your Government a function of the process via which Government is formed?

Whenever Governments are for the people, Governments induce corporations to act as if Ethics Love — love that is consistent with impossibility of sacrifice as part of corporate ethos — is an integral part of corporate objectives.

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Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos