Working Conditions, Indifference, and Causes of Change in Organizations


jul-24-2013-china-has-banned-the-release-of-despicable-me-2-chineseMike Daisy’s monologue about globalization, industrial production and Apple is a great application of theatre to confront social issues. While I think that Mike Daisy knew the story he wanted to tell prior to the interviews he did, I loved the theme of the piece. He looks at industrial facilities, the source products we use everyday, through a perspective that values humans. He blatantly takes a stakeholder viewpoint of how businesses should be run.

One of Daisy’s thoughts that stuck with me is the question of how change is created in organizations. Mike Daisy said that “change requires caring” and that stakeholders at all levels (Apple, consumers) have turned a blind eye to the working conditions in places like the one Mike visited in China. Mike Daisy makes this clear that we should feel concerned about the working conditions. Hearing about the working conditions makes me wonder how economists can argue that the free market is the solution for the ills of our society. If anything, Shen jen, an area that has had recent economic growth, is now making large profits for some while ruining the quality of life for many (sometimes to the point of suicide).

I thoroughly appreciated the issue that Mike Daisy’s monologue brings to light. He adds value and humanity into the story of the “stuff” that we use.

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3 comments on “Working Conditions, Indifference, and Causes of Change in Organizations

  1. I completely agree with you that Daisey uses a solely stakeholder point of view. Although he acknowledges at the beginning that he loves the products that Apple gives him, he is much more interested in the clear human rights violations that are happening.

  2. I really like your comment about the economics perspective. I completely agree that a free market and capitalist societies are bad for human rights because organizations become money hungry and forget the individual

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