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Meritocracy and Diversity

Based on the attached article:

- Using Mr. Murthy's philosophy as a benchmark, how well does the company "Siemens Communications" compare to his ideal?
- He described meritocracy - to what extent 'does meritocracy rule' in your work environment?
- Do you agree with his statement: "The only guarantee a company has each day is the opportunity to live by its values and to innovate."
- Talking about diversity. What do you think is more important: (Please explain)
a) diversity,
b) meritocracy, or the combination of both?

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Hi,

Interesting article! I am wondering what you thought of Murthy's ideas. I downloaded the article at the end of the response for easy referencing. Perhaps take the time to read it again to refresh you memory; or, I you have not read the article yet, please do that now.

Based on the attached article:

1. Using Mr. Murthy's philosophy as a benchmark, how well does the company "Siemens Communications" compare to his
ideal?

Siemens Communications

On October 1, 2006, the business of the Siemens Communications Group has been given a new structure:
* The Carrier business (mobile networks, fixed networks, carrier services) will be continued in the company Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG.
* The Enterprise business will be continued in the company Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG.
* The Wireless Modules business will be continued in the Siemens Group Automation and Drives.

As well, Nokia Siemens Networks has started operations on April 1, 2007. It combines Nokia's Networks Business Group and the carrier related businesses of Siemens Communications. http://www.siemens.com/index.jsp?sdc_p=ft4mlsu1436o1397611i1397611pCRGcz1&sdc_sid=13766696079&

The principles set by Siemens Communication seem to be somewhat compatible with Mr. Murphy's philosophy: 'to seek respect from our stakeholders, which would automatically lead us to do the right thing by each of them. We would satisfy customers, be fair to employees, follow the highest principles in dealing with investors, and make a positive difference to society". For example, several statements drawn from Siemens Communication website clearly illustrate this:

a. "HiPath from Siemens - innovative solutions, services, applications, and hardware for a resilient, secure, and economical communications environment in companies of all sizes" is focusing on the value to the customer.
b. "Cost-efficient end-to-end solutions for network operators and service providers" is customer-focused statement.
c. "Customer centricity: The measure of a solution's success is its capacity to satisfy the customer. And win over new customers." http://www.siemens.com/index.jsp?sdc_p=ft4mls5u1436o1397862i1397871pCRGcz3&sdc_bcpath=1397582.s_5,&sdc_sid=13766696079&
d. "Analysts who seek to get a better picture and require more information are welcome to get in touch. Our global analysts relations team is looking forward to your call or e-mail." http://www.siemens.com/index.jsp?sdc_p=i1397862lmo1397849pCRGcfs5t4u1436z2&sdc_bcpath=1397582.s_5%2C%3A1397862.s_5%2C&sdc_sid=13766696079&
e. New highest record: Passive optical access network with faster data transmission As part of an innovation project sponsored by the European Union, a research team from Siemens Networks was able for the first time to transmit error-free at a data transmission rate of 10 gigabits per second via a passive optical access network. This is four times faster than the rate previously possible. http://www.siemens.com/index.jsp?sdc_p=t4cs3uo1402426&sdc_entdoc=true&

Also see http://www.siemens.com/index.jsp?sdc_p=t4cs3uo1402426&sdc_entdoc=true& for other comparisons.

2. He described meritocracy - to what extent 'does meritocracy rule' in your work environment?

This question is straightforward. It is asking you whether or not your work environment aligns with Murthy's description of meritocracy. For example, Murthy (2006) describes meritocracy in the following way:

? Maintain meritocracy. Build a company where people of different nationalities, genders and religions compete in an environment of intense competition and total courtesy. Do this by using data to decide which ideas are adopted. Our motto: "In God we trust. Everyone else brings data to the ...

Solution Summary

Based on the article 'Clear conscience' (Murphy, 2006), this solution explains how well the company "Siemens Communications" compares to Murphy's ideal as presented in his philosophy. It also discusses the concept of meritocracy and the following statement: "The only guarantee a company has each day is the opportunity to live by its values and to innovate." Talking about diversity, two concepts are then explored in terms of importance: diversity and meritocracy, or the combination of both.

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