21st Century Governance Principles Network Update

Posted on March 17, 2009


Since launching the 21st Century Governance Principles knowledge sharing network last month on both LinkedIn and Ecademy, there has been insightful and thought provoking discussions and news.

Highlights include:

CSF Thought Leader Jack Rockart joins 21st Century LinkedIn Chapter

Jack Rockart, who is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School, has been credited with what has been referred to as “seminal IT” concepts, which include Critical Success Factors (CSFs) and Executive Support Systems (ESS). 

One of my personal favourite pieces was his response to a question posed in the March – April 2000 issue of Harvard Business Review which asked “Are CIO’s Obsolete?”

I would like to invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to interact with Jack directly, starting with checking out the question that was recently posted in our group on the continuing relevance of CSF.

University of Bath School of Management Paper sparks debate on the Future of Lean within the automotive industry

This white paper makes some very interesting points, including the assertion by the “Ford Motor Company, which announced that full-year automotive profitability in North America is not expected until 2009 (Ford statement from 2006).

Here we are in 2009, and profitability is not a word that is readily used in the automotive industry.  My question, what went wrong, and if Lean could not have prevented the fall of the big three (including Ford), how can it be used today to turn the ship around?

One of today’s discussion threads makes the following observation, “In this economic crisis even talented Black Belts (BBs) and Master Black Belts (MBBs) are finding that they are suddenly out of a job.  Why?

This is an exciting group in which the exchange of information and ideas are enthusiastically encouraged and acted upon.

Over the next few weeks, the 21st Century Governance Group will be inviting business leaders and authors to join the membership in meaningful discussion on the issues that are shaping, and in some cases re-shaping our world.  This will include the introduction of book clubs and study groups.

If you have a question or commentary on issues dealing with governance principles, policies and methodologies relating to domestic and/or global compliance, or would like the group’s facilitators to bring in a particular industry expert or author let me know using the following e-mail address: jwhansen@sympatico.ca.  We will do our best to accommodate your areas of specific interest.       

Joining the Group:

Use the following links to join a 21st Century Chapter: http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?results=&sik=1236098735111, or http://www.ecademy.com/club/21st+Century+Governance+Principles  

NOTE: If you are not already a member of LinkedIn or Ecademy, use the easy to follow on-screen prompts to join.  There is of course no fees associated with the basic membership package,


The Procurement Insights Blog reaches more than 300,000 syndicated subscribers each month worldwide, and is currently available in several languages including Chinese, Russian, and French. 

We are pleased to offer clients our new Group Creation and Management Service.  Leveraging the growing influence of social networking, we can quickly, affordably and professionally establish your presence in this important, new medium.  Contact me directly at jwhansen@sympatico.ca or by phone at (819) 986-8953 to learn more about this exciting service.