What Peter Drucker Would Be Reading
Recent selections from around the web that, we think, would have caught Peter Drucker’s eye:
1. CBS fight with Time Warner Cable shows dinosaurs are still scary: After a 32-day blackout, during which cable subscribers in some of the nation’s biggest cities couldn’t watch CBS (and soon were about to be unable to watch football), CBS and Time Warner Cable reached a deal that will see CBS getting paid more by the cable company. Joe Flint writes in the Los Angeles Times that television networks still have a lot of clout, despite being called yesterday’s news, but they shouldn’t get too smug just yet: “CBS is generating significant revenue selling its shows to Netflix, Amazon and elsewhere, but that will only remain the case if the pay-TV industry stays strong and CBS reaches a broad audience.”
2. Flexible hours: Not just a ‘women’s issue’ anymore: The caricature that comes to mind when we think of flexible hours in the workplace may well be the mother who wants to accommodate the schedules of her kids. But men are no less attracted to flex time, and, according to a survey by EY, prioritize it even more strongly. “Flextime may have started out as a ‘women’s issue,’ but it’s morphed into something that people of both sexes have come to expect,” Dan Black, EY’s Americas director of recruiting, tells Fortune’s Anne Fisher. “I think it’s partly because of the large number of two-career households now.”
3. Future of Education is At Hand: Online, Accredited, Affordable, Useful: Yes, college education costs too much. But what caused the price increases, and what’s going to tame them? The dyspeptic libertarian Mike “Mish” Shedlock links to some notable recent articles on the topic and likes what he sees on the horizon: competition that will break the monopoly of expensive four-year universities. He writes, “Yes, this is a deflationary event, and one that everyone will welcome (except those who benefit from the current system of waste and graft).”
4. Dx Comment of the Week: Last week, we looked at Obama’s decision about whether or not to intervene in the conflict in Syria and brought up the question Peter Drucker recommended asking with any big decision: What is this decision really about? We posed the same question to our readers. Reader denise wrote:
Is it about the role of the U.S. or about the role of compassionate humanity in the age of media immediacy? What degree of crimes against humanity warrants intervention? Is it okay to maim and murder as long as the scale doesn’t expand beyond a community or two? Drucker had a lot to say about the elephant in the room, always.