Tactical, Operational & Strategic Analysis of Markets, Competitors & Industries
CI cannot be only academic conference.
If markets are multinational then the CI and the CA(Competitive Advantage) should have the qualities and the characteristics of the markets
As previous auditor for SIEMENS in Norway for several years (KPMG), my impression is that the company is not particularly corrupt. To my knoweldge it was not involved in activities that were not common for the industry, thus shared by other multinationals. SIEMENS did not play a unic role either as a particularly evil company in Nazi-Germany. On the contrary I would say it is one of the most interesting and attractive companies to work with.
That being said I too see differences in general business practices in different countries, but these practices are to my mind not particular for CI. As an example Russia is one of the world's most corrupt countries. As a consequence CI practices in Russia often goes against the law. If you want to do business in Russia it often comes at a certain extra price. It is much a questions of indentifying certain risks in advance. For a classroom failure see ex. IKEA in Russia, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_28/b4139033326721.htm
Could you be so kind to provide me your email address to send you an attachment about 20 pages received from them and read what they are saying?
Do not be so sure they have secretely paid ministers to obtain a Competitive Advantage and Competitive Intelligence. The case of having a minister in Greece punished means that your impression is not correct.
You should know too that utopia is a place of complete perfectness but not in SIEMENS. A tango needs two persons to be danced and SIEMENS has been involved in ethics cases and has to be punished by the market.
As per Nazis be advised the number two person of SIEMENS in Greece who now has fled in Germany and who helped by the Greeks to escape, his father was working as an informer to the Nazis.
Ref. Russians and IKEA I have no for the time being any information, if you want to have please, tell what about, I have some connections there and in Serbia and can get some.
I suggest you call your lawyer. These comments sound slanderous to me. You will need deep pockets if SIEMENS decide to take you to Court over these allegations.
To help your lawyers to have a complete understanding of the situation tell them the following, myself I have no need of lawyers. The lady who is describing the deeds is an American and talks frankly and honestly.
There is a large village in Western Crete, in the mountains, called Kantanos.
This village appears to me to be one of the worst victims of Nazi reprisals during WWII. I visited this village one year and the first thing that seemed unusual to me was that it had the biggest war memorial I have ever seen in Greece. There is a very large plateia and marble memorial stones cover every inch at the back of it. The plateia is so large to make space for the memorials. Just inside the village there was a plaque, written only in Greek, saying that because the villagers fought the Nazis, they first killed everyone there, even babies. The women and children were locked inside and the houses were set on fire, burning them alive. After the people had been killed the Nazis razed the village to the ground. They left a notice saying that because the village dared to fight them, they had ensured that nobody would ever olive there again, that the village had been razed from the earth and the map.
Later I was told that this village was one of the wealthiest when the Nazis invaded, and the villagers took up arms to help the allies. But when the allies fled from Crete, nobody told the villagers, so they carried on fighting on a road that had been used by the allied evacuation, and this was the reason for killing every man, woman and child. There were very few men of fighting age then, because most were in Albania with the Greek army. I don’t know if this is still true, but when I visited two old men were in charge of an ossiary that contained the bones of the babies and children killed by the Nazis and it was permitted to view the tiny bones.
Does anyone have information on this Cretan village, especially what happened during WWII?
This would be useful for a historical web site for HEC, but is also of personal interest to me. My ancestors hid as much as possible about themselves when they came to the UK and I cannot find out what part of Greece they were from, but the people who live in this village had some genetic likeness to me that is uncommon. Never before have I seen so many people with hair the same as mine, so I wonder if they were from that area, but emigrated during the very long period between mainland Greece being free of the Ottoman and Crete being freed.
Thanks Chris. There are so many villages that were decimated or destroyed
I read about the village on the Thesprotia web site, and the story is
terrible, but about a different village.
Kantanos is in the Lefka Ori, Chania province, and the women and children,
even babes still suckling, were burnt alive.
So many people killed in so many places, but somehow the West never hears of
the atrocities that happened in Greece. In the UK we know about this
happening in France, but never in Greece.
This is true from very recent history all the way back to the days of the
Ottoman Empire. I ask myself why the world forgets Greece but remembers
other countries that have suffered for a shorter time.I
AnnaI I dont know what CI they were using for the masacre of villages but for your information the "treasure" of CI will be a very productive tool if you find him.Dimitrios
I see below that Arik has deleted one of your posts. However I still feel it worthwhile commenting on what you say above.
1) As with Klaus Solberg Söllen, below, I too have had experience with Siemens (in both the UK and Germany). I can vouch that they take an extremely ethical view on CI. As one example, SIEMENS CI produced material using 100% ethical (mostly open-source) approaches on a competitor to be used as part of a war game. When we presented this to senior management there was some concern about how we'd obtained the material - as our analysis gave a very full view of the competitor. We had to show that it had been obtained legitimately and ethically before anybody was willing to even consider using it (apart from the need to restore trust in the CI function).
2) Most large, multi-national companies have some skeletons in their closet. Generally these are limited to one small area (geographical, product or service niche) and may not even be known by the corporate HQ. If/when found out, heads generally roll - and those involved get summarily dismissed. This happened a few years ago, when P&G found that their CI people had obtained intelligence on Unilever using unethical approaches (dumpster diving). The CI people responsible were fired, as were the external consultants involved. P&G also paid Unilever compensation. This is normal for MNEs - and there are other examples. I know of one MNE where the policy is not even to work in countries where there is a culture of paying bribes or unethical behaviour - and that if any members of that company are caught it is cause for instant dismissal.
If you have full evidence against Siemens in Greece, then I strongly suggest doing some CI to identify the Siemens Advisory Board members (http://www.siemens.com/investor/en/corporate_governance/supervisory...) and send copies to them. If you are worried about you being identified as the source, try and send it anonymously. This is important for you to do - for your own peace of mind, and also for Siemens to protect their global reputation. (If what you say is true, then rumours will start and cause general damage to their reputation which the company WILL want to protect).
Hi Klaus: Sheila Wright and myself wrote a paper a few years ago on CI practiced in different places like Japan, China and the West in Thunderbird Intl Busines Review (2009), Sheila wrote another multi-country comparison piece in EJM (2006). I had dedicated the better part of one volume of JCIM to country-specific studies (JCIM volume 2, 2004), and my Canadian colleague Prof. David Blenkhorn and I wrote a book with multiple chapters on this topic entitled CI and Global Business (Praeger, 2005), among many other country-comparative CI study efforts.
A good number of these can be easily found by reviewing the extensive CI bibliographies we published in JCIM, which have been updated and continued by Sheila Wright at her CIMITRI site hosted at the Leicester Business School of De Montfort University, UK.
This conference sounded as though it w/b terrific and I hope it builds in the next few years upon the work and foundations that others have previously laid.