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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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2.3. From Long Term to Short Term: The Shrinking Planning Horizon

Another harbinger of the new paradigm is the shrinking time frame that organizations apply to almost everything. Organizations are reducing cycle time, planning time, budgeting time, travel time, development time, and, significantly, employee tenure time.

2.3.1. The Just-in-Time Employee

Stimulated by the current frenzy, driven primarily by security analysts, to make short-term (sometimes less than quarterly) incremental profit gains, many organizations find that their strategic horizon has been drastically shortened. In one organization, the so-called long-range strategic plan is now an eighteen-month document, and even that time period seems contrived and artificial to those ...

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