[thechat] discussion question: corporate vs nonprofit sectors

erik mattheis gozz at gozz.com
Sat Sep 22 16:32:37 CDT 2007

In an ecosystem such as academia powered by a limited amount of
grants, you'd expect to see dog-eat-dog behavior and you do. Same
thing in the for-profit art world: there's a limited amount of
authenticated art so you get the back-stabbing you'd expect in such a
competitive environment. Same thing in politics whether for profit or
not: there are a limited number of seats available so competition is

Conversely, in the business world of our global corpocracy, there is
generally an unlimited number of dupes to dupe and if you fail, you
can declare bankruptcy, write it off on taxes or both. So there's not
as much pressure to succeed.

- Erik

On 9/22/07, Erika <ekm at seastorm.com> wrote:
> I don't know if anyone really chats on this list anymore, but I guess
> I'll find out... I want to put a question out there...
> Who is more cut-throat, the academic/nonprofit sector or the corporate
> sector?  I mean, in particular within an organization.  And why?
> Erika
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