Adventures in Management (Response Books) by Kenneth Abeywickrama

By Kenneth Abeywickrama

Adventures in administration is an insider's view of company administration in constructing nations. Highlighting the main changes among the constructing and built international locations by way of problems with politics, corruption, and cultural attitudes, the writer explains easy methods to practice effectively regardless of them. the elemental premise of this e-book is that because it is managers who make the company, it truly is necessary to equip them not just with managerial innovations but in addition with the information of the actual setting during which they functionality. the writer explains how managers may still take care of the demanding situations of dealing with in a constructing surroundings so one can practice effectively. center classes within the ebook contain how one can advance a harmonious tradition inside of any enterprise and create an atmosphere that works to the good thing about the enterprise and the ease and dignity of the staff. in response to the author's own reviews whereas operating in either a wide, state-owned company and a multinational corporation in Sri Lanka, this e-book comprehensively highlights the floor realities of dealing with in constructing international locations.

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In the Port of Colombo, at the time I worked there, it was customary for customers to place 25 cents on the table of a warehouse clerk when collecting documents to clear the goods (the rupee was worth much more at the time and 25 cents was not to be laughed at and would be about 1 Literally, an expression of satisfaction by the recipient in the form of a reward. 0 in current money). No words on the subject were exchanged as all parties knew the correct form. Shippers and shipping agents sent cases of whisky to senior port officials at Christmas and were very upset if these were refused as this was taken as a sign of a loss of favour with the official.

But that is another story which will come in later chapters. 52 Adventures in Management 6 SOMETIMES, MANAGERS ARE TOO HUMAN AS BEFITS A PRESTIGIOUS MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION, XYZ Ceylon Limited was different from the Port of Colombo in every visible aspect. The elegant modern buildings were air-conditioned, well lighted and tastefully furnished. Smartly dressed and attractive young women paraded around, as secretaries and receptionists, wafting perfumes into the air around. Men in the management offices wore neckties and spoke in low voices: quite unlike the noisy port where everyone seemed to be shouting to each other.

Workers were called according to their ‘token numbers’, such as ‘A128’, ‘B360’, etc. As a number was called, the worker identified would come up and surrender his tin token with his number, a round metal disc with a stamped number and a hole in the centre of the disc. When the requisite number required for a work gang was obtained,5 these tokens would be put into a wire carrier (hence the need for the hole in the disc) and given to a gang foreman, called a tindal, with instructions about the ship and the hatch his gang had to work in.

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