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Chapter 40. e inc.

The modern corporation is under siege. Until now, the corporation has been able to maintain its powerful status in society through the management of information inside and outside its borders. When it came to its employees, the activist groups and the media generally, the corporation could maintain and perhaps gain influence in key areas (marketplace; factory floor; AGMs) through priority access to information.

"The corporate advantage lay in the ability to source and disseminate (where appropriate) information more quickly and more accurately than its foes. But what is the impact on the power relations if the humble individual can get hold of this information with equal speed and ease?" asks Gerry Griffin in The Power Game.[]"In many respects, the modern technological age poses a greater threat to corporate power than those other antagonists such as the activist groups — because the threat is amorphous. The threat poses a challenge not only for the corporation but also for other previously fixed institutions of power such as the church and government. In the new age, the ways in which third party bodies or institutions represent the interests of the individual are changing radically and will continue to do so."


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