Globalization, Innovation, and future trends Archive

Chapter 12. Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trends

by Thippy K
In this article, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive not too just got established in the UK on January of 2007. WEEE is an EU legislation that serves the purpose of having businesses and consumers dispose electronic waste in a responsible matter. One of the key points they point out is to increase usage of the electronics or to recycle.
A lot of citizens and business men are still confused at all the laws of WEEE. They are passing legislation implementing that you must reuse or recycle. It is not yet clear if legislation will pass any recycling bills that are cost oriented. It does however seem that manufacture will increase the cost of their goods in order to cover the disposal cost of the electronics. This business is becoming imperative to have due to new bills being pass based on being environmental-friendly, avoiding toxins in the landfills, avoiding the limited amount of landfills etc.
This relates to chapter 12 due to the fact that it’s a 21st century trend. This trend falls under the social entrepreneurship: going green. This is a trend in technology; where now there are laws being passed saying it is imperative to recycle certain parts such as glass, copper, plastic, gold, etc. While this is a service that is much needed, the recycling companies also make money off of what they are recycling. They sell the commodity per pound and recycle the material. This causes less space to fill up in landfills all around the world giving the environment a chance to breathe. It is a trend that is going global and is also helping out the environment one facility at a time. read more...

chapter 12 Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trends

by Katie M
Chapter twelve Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trends addresses the idea of globalization and how it relates to Information systems. The main challenge comes from cultural differences. It is hard for one site to be universal. There are many things to consider such as language, context, and many other issues.  I know personally when I was in Morocco and went to an Internet café I was confused by the system. They used the same websites such as Facebook but the site was different. The language was aerobic, and the page layout was slightly different. I wasn’t the normal user for that application so it wasn’t applicable for me; but if a Facebook user in Morocco signed on and saw my page they may have been just as confused. read more...

Ch. 12 article, “E-Waste: The Dirty Secret of Recycling Electronics”

by Nicolel C
As technology progresses that mean electronics become outdated faster than we think. What are we doing with the “old” electronics that has been newly upgraded with modern electronics? Well, this kind of waste has a name, E-waste, which is the discarding of old computers and other electronics that will no longer be used. Large electronic companies pay recycling companies to dispose of these old electronics in order to save people from the toxins that they are created with. Some of the toxins are lead, mercury, and cadmium. All of these can sink into the ground and are very harmful if ingested. The amount of waste is constantly doubling each year and with it the worries of how to cut back the waste begin to increase.  Many of the recycling companies are paying to export this waste to Asia, which is currently being investigated because it is affecting many farms and irrigation systems through Asia. Supreme is a company that is said not to do the exporting of monitors to Asia, yet some of the employees will admit that the company does it, which if this can be proven, then Supreme will be closed down for endangering a large amount of people and having knowledge of it.  To help make this clearer as to how important this issue really is. There was some testing done awhile back in China and the outcome was horrifying. “The blood of children in rural Guiyu, China, a notorious e-waste scavenging site, contained lead at twice the acceptable level set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.” read more...

Chapter 12. Globalization, Innovation, and 21st Century Organizational Trends

by Jonathan R
After reading the article it talks about how technology is impacting business in a negative way. The company RealNetworks mentions wanting to increase DVD sales by allowing customers to make duplicate copies of the movies that they buy. Movie companies do not want that to happen because they are already hurting in DVD sales of movies. If RealNetworks win the court case then people will have software where they can burn and copy as many copies of a movie as they want to. The company at stake here is Real DVD which produces the software which enables users to save digital copies to their computers. The developing software would allow companies to make DVD players able to make copies of movie discs. The current speed for downloading these movies onto the computer takes about 20 minutes and each player can hold around 70 movies. Each DVD player would sell for about $300 and the way Real would make money is by a commission for each one sold. RealPlayer’s argument is to allow people to legally download movies the right way and I think they have a valid point here. read more...