Commentary On Current Affairs

DIAGNOSIS: The Drug Cartels of Mexico

This blog is based on conversations I have had recently with leading Mexicans; it represents my diagnosis of issues relating to the drug trade there. (I am in Mexico monthly on various consulting assignments.)The Mexican drug trade is conservatively estimated to be a $32 billi...

Is the Cordoba Project (The Islamic Center for Ground Zero) for Real?

If Imam Rauf and his financial backers truly want to build a Muslim center that promotes moderation, they need to walk their talk. And if they do, I believe the Islamic Center, even at ground zero itself, not just close by, is most appropriate.If those who support the Cordoba ...

The Invisible Hand is Sick

Recently, I was watching a well-done CNBC documentary about the causes of the credit crisis. The program included a series of interviews with people who took out subprime loans, people who sold them those loans, people who securitized the loans, and the representatives of fore...

Obama: A Performance Review

During the 2008 election for the U.S. Presidency, whenever I lectured on the topic of organizational lifecycles, I would ask the people who attended my lectures: Where do they think the United States is in its lifecycle?There was a near-consensus that the country is on the agi...

Economists and Reality

When I submitted my doctoral dissertation for a Ph.D. degree at Columbia University forty-three years ago, the university ranked it as one of its top doctoral dissertations and, jointly with The Free Press, published it as a book, (Industrial Democracy Yugoslav Style).As you m...

Reacting to the news: The Flotilla to Gaza

The facts are well known: a flotilla of boats was attempting to break the sea blockade of Gaza.Israel offered to take the flotilla to an Israeli port to check the content of the boats, to assure itself it does not contain ammunition and if not, to allow the content to proceed ...

The Arizona Law, The Greek Crisis, The Oil Spill

The Arizona LawPeople in America are having a very emotional reaction to the new immigration law passed in Arizona, whereby police officers can stop whomever they suspect of being illegally in the state and demand proof that he is legally here. If someone is unable to show pro...

Dr. Ichak Adizes Receives Prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Highest Honor Awarded in Recognition of Immigrant Experience and Lifetime Achievement May 8, 2010- Dr. Ichak Adizes, the world’s leading management guru, was among the distinguished group of Americans honored by the National Coalition of Ethnic Organizations (NECO) for his ach...

Quo Vadis, President Obama?

“How the trailblazer of 2008 became the stymied president of 2010,” was the headline on Newsweek’s cover on Feb. 1.I believe I have an explanation, and it has a lot to do with my lifecycle theory of organizations. (For more information on lifecycles, please read my book Managi...

Book of Insights: Policy Issues

Dear Valued Readers,It is with great pleasure that we give you an opportunity to review an excerpt from my latest book. The book is a collection of my Insights that pertain to Policy Issues. The following is an excerpt taken from the book's introduction:In this book – the firs...