Monday, January 31, 2011

About the month of January

Dear Colleagues

As you probably already know, I am migrating my blog activity from this blogsite to a TrueValueMetrics blogspot site.

There has not been a lot of blogging activity in large part because of my work on upgrading a website to make the TrueValueMetrics.Org database easily accessible to people interested in what we are doing.

The link to the blog is:

The TrueValueMetrics database work is located at:

The last few days have seen some very important developments in the global sphere ... first Tunisia and now Egypt.

Most of the international news commentary has been very self serving ... but the raw news is very very important to understand. There is obviously a political dimension to the revolt, but there is also an economic and social dimension that is not the subject of much comment. Egypt ... and many other countries around the world have a much bigger young educated class than at any time in the past ... and in many countries the young graduates have far too little opportunity to engage in economic activity that will build a future.

I am an enthusiast for entrepreneurial activity ... and market economics. But I would argue that the singular focus by the modern global corporate community on profit performance without much balance ... if any ... on the issue of social impact is terribly destabilizing. This is, of course, the central thesis of True Value Metrics (TVM), and it is going to be critical, in my view, that something like TVM gets embraced by forward looking corporate leaders sooner rather than later.

Stay tuned

Peter Burgess

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year ... and introducing TrueValueMetrics blogspot.

Dear Colleagues

Happy New Year to all.

Hopefully 2011 will see some important changes in the way in which economic and social metrics are handled.

There is something rather disconcerting about the fact that the New York Stock Market price index is suggesting that the economy is doing as well now as it was in the period before the near catastrophic collapse of Lehman Brothers and the implosion of the financial and housing sectors. The Stock Market closed at the end of 2010, higher then pre-Lehman. As one might say in the vernacular "Go figure!"

Of course a big part of the corporate sector has been able to survive and its stockholders prosper by putting a singular focus on profit performance, ignoring everything else. Employment is not in the corporate performance metrics anywhere, yet this is bigger in socio-economic performance impact than profit. If anyone needs convincing that better metrics are needed, I would argue that this aberration is a good argument.

It is easy to improve profit by moving economic activity from a high wage location to a low wage location ... and to lower a host of regulatory standards at the same time. Big corporations have no loyalty to location ... and maybe they should not ... but they should be measured in some way not only for profit performance but also social behavior.

Corporate owners and the stockmarkets are not the only place to point blame. Unions and workers who have engaged in work rule featherbedding should take some of the blame. Nothing is gained by making a corporate business uneconomic and unprofitable ... yet this has been done over and over again by unions and workers.

And of course managers in the corporate world need to share blame as well ... they are the decision makers, and they have made their choices. The choices made by too many high level managers have been self serving, and in due course there should be metrics that sort out those managers that really deserve their rewards and those that do not.

Some of this will become more apparent as time goes on ... some in 2011.

Most of the blogging that has been on Community Analytics CA will start to appear on a new blog True Value Metrics in 2011. This reflects the way the name change has progressed during 2011 and the need to move away from Community Analytics because of a conflict with another organization using the same name. Though we are in different fields, the potential for confusion is too high and since they were in place first, we must move on! The URL is:

All the best for 2011.

Peter Burgess