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Over recent decades one of the principal changes in the external environment that has had a direct effect on managers has been government regulations. A list of some of the laws enacted since 1970 that have had a profound effect on how organizations can operate is shown on Table 3 - 3. This landmark legislation such as Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act add to the external framework in which organization must operate.

Some of these regulations have been passed into law and implemented without the same type of rigorous cost and benefit analyses often associated with major decisions on the products and services an organization produces and sells. Today we face another set of challenges relating to energy supplies, food availability and environmental changes such as global warming. In recent years, we have heard proposals to suspend federal gasoline tax when gasoline prices were high and discussion of renegotiating NAFTA or other trade agreement. We also have commitments to renewable energy resources and atmospheric carbon limitation.

Can you assist me with answering the following questions by giving your opinion the matter? Thank you.

How should issues related to regulations in these areas of laws and proposals be understood and decided? What should be the role of cost benefit analyses as part of the process? What positions should companies promote to play a constructive role?

Do you feel that you, or the managers in your organization, are prepared to handle or should be knowledgeable on these issues? Should our responsibilities as citizens and as employees vary in terms of what we should know and how we should act?

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How should issues related to regulations in these areas of laws and proposals be understood and decided? What should be the role of cost benefit analyses as part of the process? What positions should companies promote to play a constructive role?

-- The process of regulating the areas today that are really needed for regulation is and will continue to be a daunting task as far as which proposals are understood and decided. One of the main reasons is because for most solutions, it comes with additional costs. We can take steps to improve the environment, but by doing so, we are adding to the expense of companies in such a way that may eventually drive them out of business entirely, which means the loss of jobs and the loss of business income to the economy, and more importantly, to that specific community. There is a fine line in determining how the proposals should be understood and decided. There are so many issues that need to be dealt with, a lot of which have been created due to the progression of times. Our factories are more advanced now, using more advanced technology, and as such, may be creating a bigger thumbprint on the environment from the updated technology -- updated technology is not always green technology. One of the most ...

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How should issues related to regulations in these areas of laws and proposals be understood and decided? What should be the role of cost benefit analyses as part of the process? What positions should companies promote to play a constructive role?

Do you feel that you, or the managers in your organization, are prepared to handle or should be knowledgeable on these issues? Should our responsibilities as citizens and as employees vary in terms of what we should know and how we should act?

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