Koch Industries – MBM Guiding Principles

USAs största privata företag, omsätter mer än Facebook, JP Morgan och US Steel gör tillsammans. Kontroversiellt företag i många sammanhang, men samtidigt väldigt imponerande. Det som Charles Koch alltid refererar till är deras MBM – Marked Based Management och dess principer, vilka är väldigt sunda tycker jag.

MBM – Guiding Principles

    Have the courage to always act with integrity.
    Act with proper regard for the rights of others. Put safety first. Drive environmental excellence and comply with all laws and regulations. Stop, think and ask.
    Practice a philosophy of mutual benefit. Create superior value for the company by doing so for our customers and society. Help make Koch the preferred partner of customers, employees, suppliers, communities and other important constituencies.
    Transform yourself and the company. Seek, develop and utilize the visions, strategies, methods and products that will enable us to create the greatest value.
    Acquire the best knowledge from any and all sources that will enable you to improve your performance. Share your knowledge proactively. Provide and solicit challenge consistently and respectfully.
    Be humble, intellectually honest and deal with reality constructively. Develop an accurate sense of self-worth based on your strengths, limitations and contributions. Hold yourself and others accountable to these standards.
    Treat everyone with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity. Embrace different perspectives, experiences, aptitudes, knowledge and skills in order to leverage the power of diversity.
    Be a lifelong learner and realize your potential, which is essential for fulfillment. As you become increasingly self-actualized you will better deal with reality, face the unknown, creatively solve problems and help others succeed.

Om man kollar på dessa principer och de böcker som Charles Koch har som rekommenderad läsning så ser man fort var principerna härstammar ifrån. Nedan är från Good Profit som Charles Koch själv är författare till.

My readings covered the entire philosophical spectrum from “left” to “right” and everything in between. I discovered my own political orientation was much more nuanced than simply “conservative” or “liberal,” in the contemporary sense of those words. Plato, Aristotle, John Locke, Adam Smith, Will Durant, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, John Maynard Keynes, and Karl Popper all made tremendous impressions on me—some good and some bad. Authors such as F. A. Harper, Friedrich Hayek, Abraham Maslow, Ludwig von Mises, Michael Polanyi, and Thomas Sowell were particularly helpful to my understanding of the principles that govern well-being in society.

I vividly recall the first two life-changing books I came across: F. A. Harper’s Why Wages Rise and Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action .

Good Profit, Charles Koch

The more books I read, the more passionately I embraced the truth that widespread human well-being demands a system that clearly defines and protects private property rights, allows people to speak freely without intimidation or legal repercussions, refrains from interference with private parties’ agreements and exchanges, and allows human action—rather than arbitrary notions about how much things “should” cost—to guide prices.

Allowing people the freedom to pursue their own interests (within the limits of just conduct) is the best and only sustainable way to achieve societal progress. For individuals to develop and have a chance at happiness, they must be free to make their own choices and mistakes, rather than be forced to accept choices made for them by others.

As I digested this and went about my business, it dawned on me that these principles are fundamental to the well-being not only of societies—as I learned through my interdisciplinary studies—but also of organizations, which are essentially small societies. When encountering a challenge at work (such as a sunk cost or competitive disadvantage), I began responding with the principles of a free society in mind. And sure enough, one concept at a time, I saw that the principles that worked in society also worked in an organization.

The experience gained and lessons learned as we innovated, stumbled, succeeded, and grew have enabled our philosophy and practice of Market-Based Management to evolve and improve. We expect it always will.

Good Profit, Charles Koch

Läsning om Charles Koch och Koch Industries:
Kochland, Christopher Leonard – Handlar mycket om företaget och en del kontroversiella saker som de gjort. Mycket amerikansk företagshistoria från 60-talet och framåt. En av de bättre böckerna som jag läst.
The Science of Success, Charles G. Koch – handlar om MBM och hur man kan applicera det själv, en handbok för anställda från början.
Good Profit, Charles G. Koch – En bok om MBM som är mer ”läsbar”. Mer om Charles Koch som person och hur allting har formats. Bra bok.
Sons of Wichita, Daniel Schulman – En bok om familjens historia, som är mycket speciell med många intriger. Väldigt intressant.
Believe in People, Charles Koch & Brian Hooks – En bok om hur man kan göra förändring genom att ha tron på folk, allt börjar med personen. De problemen som finns idag bör lösas med ”Bottom-up solutions for a top-down world” anser författarna. Alla har något att bidra med. Väldigt personlig bok också. Ganska repeterande med ”Self-actualization” och ”Mutual benefit”, men överlag väldigt bra. Oavsett vad man tycker om Charles Koch eller Koch industries.


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